Purpose of the trip:
Discover the center of the island, take a short and challenging hike to the hidden waterfall "Te puna pape o Teura vahine" or discover the remains of an ancient village, located at the very heart of the island of Tahiti. Get a privileged insight into ancient Polynesian beliefs and sacred rituals, with knowledgeable Polynesian guides.
This guided expedition will allow you to explore part of the East coast of Tahiti before continuing 18km into the Papenoo valley, as far as "Fare Hape", archeological site comprising an ancient village and important ceremonial site. Since its restoration it has become a cultural center run by the Haururu Association. The Papenoo valley was historically one of the most densely populated parts of Tahiti. Your guide’s explanations of ancient customs will allow you to gain an insight into this sacred and hidden universe and maybe even feel the "mana " of the ancestors.
After a short hike, through luxuriant tropical vegetation, you can visit the " Te puna pape a Teura Vahine"…...bathe in this wild and little visited waterfall, then retrace your steps to the vehicle and journey back to modern civilization.
-Pick up at your hotel from 8 a.m. onwards (or from the « Fare manihini » Tahiti tourist information center, Papeete) in the fully equipped 4x4 Nissan Patrol. An early start is recommended to fully appreciate the sublime lighting and colors of the rising sun in the valley.
- A 18 km drive along the east coast to the mouth of the Papenoo valley, the largest valley on Tahiti.
- En route visit the legendary “Rocky Point” or “Tapahi” surf spot
- Multiple short stops along the length of the valley: panoramas and explanations about the waterfalls, « marae », accompanying legends and caldera (the "pito" or belly-button of Tahiti, the extinct volcanic crater).
-Short and challenging walk (20 min to get there and 20min back) to the "Te puna pape o Teura Vahine" waterfall (walk to the waterfall submitted to weaher and natural conditions).
-Lunch stop: picnic by the river or waterfall with swimming,
- If the waterfall is not possible, visit instead the Fare Hape cultural site.
-Guided visit of the Fare Hape village, meet the "puhi" or eared-eels, visit the archaeological site (marae and petroglyphs) ; learn about traditional tattooing, etc.
-Stops for panoramas and photos on the return journey.
Points of interest:
Get closer to nature and experience the pure mountain air
Learn about Tahiti’s plants, animals and ancient culture
Learn some of Tahiti’s myths and legends
Short nature walk
Swim stops at the river or waterfall
Level of difficulty:
Good walking conditions required to get to the hidden waterfall, as there is a steep terrain to get there and back, also you will cross the river through rocks a few times
Not recommended for pregnant women, people suffering from back problems, elders, people over 50, persons using a cane and young children.
If the site is inaccessible, as a result of bad weather, roadworks or for other reasons beyond our control, an alternative outing will be offered.
Papenoo Wtaerfall - Fare Hape
Duration : 8 hours or 4 hours
departure at around 8 a.m - return at around 4 p.m
5 days a week : Monday through Friday (not during the week end unless special requests, small groups or private)
Rates 2020 :
Adult rate: 8500 FCP or 71 € per person
Child rate(from 4 years old and less than 12 years old): 5500 FCP or 46 € per child
Transfers from and to hotel
Entrance fee to the cultural site (if waterfall not possible)
Fare does not include:
Food and beverage
If you did not plan any picnic basket , a stop at a retail shop will be done before entering the valley , so that you could buy food (sandwiches or local specialities) and drinks.
Our guide will be happy to advise you.
For people under 50 and persons with excellent walking abilities