Get Active in Tahiti
Collected by Becca Blond, AFAR Local Expert
It's easy to stay active while in Tahiti. Hike to waterfalls and lava tubes in the lush and mountainous interior, surf reef breaks on black-sand beaches along the coastline, or snorkel and dive amongst sharks and wrecks. Here are some of our favorite outdoor experiences to try while vacationing in Tahiti.
Ha'apūpuni, French Polynesia
Tahiti is home to some of the most beautiful hiking trails in Polynesia. Stops can include spectacular waterfalls and natural pools, panoramic views, grottos, archeological sites and lava tubes. A favorite hike is to the three Faarumai waterfalls....
Noted by golf enthusiasts as “Tahiti’s best kept secret”, the Olivier Bréaud International Golf Course offers a spectacular 18-hole fairway set in rich tropical and colorful vegetation. Located on the west side of Tahiti just between the mountains...
Puna'auia, French Polynesia
On Tahiti's west coast, the area around Punaauia town has some lovely stretches of black and white beaches between PK10 and PK15. This is considered Tahiti's gold coast of sorts, as it is home to some of the most expensive real estate on the...
Hitia'a, French Polynesia
On Tahiti's rocky east coast, the volcanic Lava Tubes of Hitiaa are underground channels and eroded sections of rock in caves that have been penetrated by water. Although you can visit solo, it is really best to visit with a guided 4WD tour. Check...
InterContinental Tahiti Resort, BP42692, Pape'ete 98713, French Polynesia
With shallow waters, oceanic drop-offs, sunken ships, bright coral walls and diverse marine life, Tahiti is perfect for both beginning and advanced divers, and if you've never dived before, but want to experience the underwater world, you can do...
Pā'ea, French Polynesia
If you need to hone your surfing skills, no worries, Tahiti has some fabulous beginner breaks plus warm water! Tura'i Mataare Surf School offers private and small group surf lessons to anyone over the age of 5-years. The 3 hour and 30 minute...
Tahiti, French Polynesia
Teahupo'o, French Polynesia
Tahiti Iti, Tahiti's smaller sister island that's connected to the main island at the southeast coast, is home to one of the most famous surfing waves in the Pacific, Teahupoo. This powerful reef break most certainly should not be attempted...
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