Unique West Coast Tahiti Tour: authentic and off the beaten track

Private & Custom Tours in French Polynesia
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Tour description

After pick up from your accommodation, in a luxury, air conditioned Mercedes minivan your expert, professional, English speaking guide will accompany you on a unique tour to meet the Polynesian people, while visiting the key and off the beaten track sites of Tahiti's' West Coast.  In a small group of discerning travellers, marvel at waterfalls, black sandy beaches, botanical gardens, surfers, mountain springs and caves, and enjoy spontaneous, unique and authentic opportunities to meet the locals to discover how they live and spend their daily lives. During the half day tour you will encounter people, visit places and experience local tradition and culture not possible alone. Your guides fascinating commentary providing a real insight into ancient and modern lifestyle, history and culture. Bottled water is provided. You will be dropped at you accommodation after the tour or at a spot that you request with life time memories

Tour uncovers • Ancient valley  temple (Marae) of Arahuruhu • Fern Caves of Maraa  • Black Sandy Surf beach  • Botanical Garden and Waterfall • Monoi Coconut oil factory and cosmetic laboratory (week days only) • Natural spring and swimming spot • View point looking out to Tahiti Iti (small Tahiti) • Churches and Colonial style buildings Tour includes: • Pick up and drop off service from major Papeete Hotels • Exclusive local encounters and photo opportunities • Bottled water Start time (flexible) : Morning 8.30am approx  Afternoon 1.30pm approx Group Size: 2-8  Transport : Luxury, air conditioned, Mercedes V Classe minivan As part of a small group you will be picked up from your starting point by your personal guide and driven South, along the West Coast of Tahiti Nui. Delight at this coast road, surrounded by turquoise coloured lagoon waters and dramatic volcanic scenery covered in luscious vegetation, waterfalls and geographical wonders. Your first stop on the tour will be an encounter with the local population, to appreciate and experience first hand their genuine generosity, warmth and kindness. While visiting a local village, one of the oldest and prettiest island churches and the local Colonial style Town Hall, you will be introduced to fishermen, their family and friends or the local Parishioners as they live their daily lives to be given a real insight into modern Polynesian lifestyle and mindset. In the rivers or at the natural bathing spot of Vaima you can feed the huge mythic blue eyed eels and hear the ancient legends associated with themYour next stop to the ancient, valley Temple, the Marae of Arahuruhu, set against a breath taking, picturesque backdrop, provides a real insight into ancient Polynesian culture, lifestyle and values. A brief stop at a natural watering hole a fun moment to rub shoulders with the locals as you collect water with themThe tour of the botanical garden of Vaipahi with its picturesque waterfall, gets you up close to the vegetation to wonder at it's size and beauty. After the Tahiti Iti  view point the drive back up the coast includes on weekdays a stop at the Monoi coconut oil factory to learn how this traditional nourishing oil is made and used locally.On a spectacular black volcanic sandy beach you will have time to watch the surfers as they ride the waves up on the shoreline and to stroll along the beach. Finally, before the end of the tour marvel at the stunning fern Caves of Maraa, a local wonder where the artist Paul Gauguin swam in the cool fresh waters with the local population. 

What's included

  • Small-group private tour
  • Transport in private luxury air conditioned Mercedes Minivan
  • Professional English speaking guide
  • Bottled water
  • Major Papeete hotel pick up and drop off service

What's not included

  • Gratuities
  • Luggage transfer or storage is possible but must be specified at time of booking
  • Surcharge 10usd per person for luggage transfer or storage - to be paid in usd euros or local currency directly to guide on tour day