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Get Off the Beach: Inland Excursions in French Polynesia

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If you need a day away from the sand and sea, then check out these off-the-beach adventures in French Polynesia. These inland excursions will take you on hikes to waterfalls or sacred cultural sites; you can also get off the beach by touring vanilla plantations, riding horseback, and shopping for French Polynesia's black pearls.
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Vallee de Papenoo, Papeno'o, French Polynesia
Also known as the Papenoo Valley, the Maroto Valley is a magical place once inhabited by ancient Polynesians. If you go with a guide -- I recommend Marama Tours -- you'll be able to learn about the history of the area as well as learn to forage...
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Ave du Prince Hīnoi, Pape'ete 98713, French Polynesia
There are many accessible waterfalls on Tahiti that are perfect for a refreshing shower or swim after a hike or long car ride. If it is good enough for the locals..why not?
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'Uturoa, French Polynesia
Tahaa is where more than 80 percent of French Polynesia's famous vanilla comes from, so visiting a plantation is a worthwhile experience. Vallee de la Vanille is an organic vanilla plantation (one of the few) on Tahaa that offers free tours so...
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Hiva Oa, French Polynesia
There may not be much to this tiny island in the French Polynesia but it's big on history if you have any interest in Paul Gauguin and Jacques Brel. If you are looking for a secluded spot with little amenities, this is a perfect spot in paradise....
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Rurutu, located in the remote Austral Archipelago, is a magical land of migrating whales, abundant vegetation, limestone caves, and smiling faces. Accessed via Air Tahiti flights from Papeete five times per week, the car-free island is like no...
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Society Islands, French Polynesia
When in Bora Bora, Tahitian pearls are a girl’s best friend. Often known as "black pearls," they actually come in all sorts of colors, including black, blue, green, and pink. Even though the pearls aren’t produced in this...
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Society Islands, French Polynesia
Spectacular view from the top of "Magic Mountain," which is truly magical. You can only access this through 4 wheel drive or ATV. We went up on ATV's (using Albert Tours) which was a ton of fun! The road is narrow and steep but offers a...
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BP 571 Maharepa, Maharepa 98728, French Polynesia
This is a must... if you are on Moorea you are required to stop at this amazing spot. We took a vespa around the island and stopped here with the advice of some locals. The Tuna pizza was one of the most unique and amazing pizzas I have ever...
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Tahiti is a country full of waterfalls. As you drive down the main highway leaving from Papeete, you'll see towering waterfalls gushing in the distance. Tahiti's falls are stunning, lush, and majestic. I love this picture of Vaimahuta because it...
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Huahine, French Polynesia
Welcome to the vagina island, no joke (the rough English translation of the word Huahine is vagina). And although no one knows exactly where the name originated, historians think it has to do with the important role women played in the island's...