Discover Tahitis West Coast
Duration: 4 hours
Tour Code: PPT-008
Enjoy the natural beauty of the island’s west coast and cultural attractions such as an ancient open-air temple and a museum that focuses on Tahiti’s intriguing history.
After departing from the pier, you will settle in for a leisurely drive down Tahiti’s west coast along a highway that hugs the picturesque shoreline. Being the driest part of the island, this area features a wonderfully rugged landscape with one amazing view after another.
In time, you will arrive at Vaipahi Gardens, a tropical paradise of exotic vegetation, archaeological relics and serene ponds. The word “vaipahi” means “splashing water,” a reference to the garden’s gently cascading waterfalls. While walking along the trails, you may see lotuses in bloom and 100-year-old Tahitian chestnut trees.
Then, it’s on to Marae Arahurahu, the only completely restored ancient temple or marae in Polynesia. Meticulously maintained, this sacred site was once used for religious rituals, royal ceremonies and celebrations after military victories. The park-like setting is dotted with elevated altars, stone tiki figures, and curious red sculptures that represent the ancestors of influential local families. According to legend, the spirit of an ancient hero lingers here.
More cultural enlightenment awaits you at the Museum of Tahiti in the little town of Puna’auia. The museum is divided into sections devoted to topics that include natural history, pre-European culture, the effects of colonization and the island’s natural wonders. The exhibitions are quite revealing and provide a deep understanding of Tahiti’s past. After visiting, you will return to the pier.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 2-hours of easy walking. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the transportation, and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Those with walking difficulties are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; a bottle of water from the ship; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Guests should avoid wearing expensive jewelry. The tour sequence may vary and stops may be reduced or changed in the event of inclement weather, traffic conditions or other unanticipated circumstances.