Polynesian culture is very much an ocean culture. There simply wasn’t that much that couldn’t be found somewhere along the beach or in the water. Plus, going inland was serious work. But what those elders could have done with a four-wheel-drive vehicle! Visitors today can head uphill: Tahiti has serious mountains, about 2,000 meters (6,600 feet) tall. The slopes are covered by bamboo, flowers you’ll never locate in guidebooks and the dark shadows of unused—but also unforgotten—sacred sites. The trips come with bragging rights, too; you’ll discover views few others will ever see.