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Outdoor Adventures in Papeete

By Viator, July 2018

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Papeete is full of options for those wanting to explore the outdoors.

Start your day walking along the Waterfront Esplande and taking in views of the volcanic island of Moorea and its rugged peaks and lush green landscape. There are often live performances and events going on in this area, as well as delicious food, popcorn and pastries sold by food vendors.

At night, the atmosphere gets even livelier as the food trucks of Vai’ete Square open from 6pm to 3am, selling everything from Chinese food to Tahitian pizza.

With its beautiful beaches and warm crystal waters, water sports are a popular activity in Papeete. Kite-boarding, windsurfing and water skiing are popular, as is surfing, a sport Tahiti is world-renowned for. You'll find the best breaks at Arue Beach and Point Venus.

If you're looking to learn how to surf, Toa Moana Surf School is a reputable Papeete surf school located in the Fare Tony Center on Boulevard Pomare. If you want to snorkel, popular beaches include the capital's main beach, Bain Lot Beach, and the family-friendly Mahana Park Beach. Scuba diving is also popular, as Papeete's harbor is sheltered by colorful reefs of hard and soft coral that provide a home to a whole world of vibrant marine fauna.

Underwater walls plunge down to vast depths, while Black Tip Reef sharks, Moray eels, dolphins, turtles, wrasses, tropical fish -- and even sometimes humpback whales if diving between July and October -- swim around you.

For those wanting to explore the land, the opportunity to complete a three-hour hike through ginger flowers, fruit trees and lush jungle to the Fautaua Valley Waterfall is worthwhile. This 985-foot (300m) waterfall cascades down volcanic cliffs and plunges into a large pool. Keep in mind the rainier the weather, the stronger the falls will be.

You can access the trail near the downtown Papeete tourist office where you can also ask them for specific directions. Because the trek can be challenging at times, it is best done with a guide. However, if you do go on your own remember you'll need to procure a permit from Town Hall for $7.

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Papeete Inner Island Full-Day Jeep Safari, Papeete, null
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Papeete Inner Island Full-Day Jeep Safari

4.5 star rating: Recommended 70 Reviews

Discover the best of Papeete on this full-day 4WD safari adventure. You'll travel through almost impenetrable rainforest to discover some of the jewels of ...  Read more

Location: Papeete, French Polynesia
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $94.93
Half Day Tahiti Peninsula and Teahupoo Boat Tour, Papeete, 4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours
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Half Day Tahiti Peninsula and Teahupoo Boat Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Explore the lesser visited south-west coast of the island of Tahiti on a boat tour around the peninsula and Teahupoo. You will discover that there is more to ...  Read more

Location: Teahupo
Duration: Flexible

From USD $105.00
Tahiti Sunset Cruise, Papeete, Day Cruises
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Tahiti Sunset Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 8 Reviews

Take in the spectacular colors of a Tahitian sunset on an early evening cruise from Papeete. Enjoy views of Moorea from the open water as you sip a refreshing ...  Read more

Location: Papeete, French Polynesia
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $85.42
Taxi Boat to Watch the Teahupoo International Surfing Competition, Papeete, Night Cruises
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Taxi Boat to Watch the Teahupoo International Surfing Competition

Visiting French Polynesia in August? Take a taxi boat from Teahupoo Marina to the Teahupoo break to see the world’s best surfers compete at the Tahiti ...  Read more

Location: Teahupoo, Tahiti
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $45.00
Tahiti Whale Watching Cruise, Papeete, Surfing & Windsurfing
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Tahiti Whale Watching Cruise

4 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

From August through October, thousands of humpback whales migrate to the warm waters of French Polynesia. Catch a glimpse of the majestic mammals on a ...  Read more

Location: Papeete, French Polynesia
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $122.77
Taxi Boat to Watch the Teahupoo Waves, Papeete, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Taxi Boat to Watch the Teahupoo Waves

Take a taxi boat from Teahupoo Marina to the Teahupoo break to see some of the best waves in the world. Depending on the size of the swell, you'll see ...  Read more

Location: Teahupoo, Tahiti
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $36.00
Private Half Day Teahupoo Boat Tour, Papeete, Surfing & Windsurfing
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Private Half Day Teahupoo Boat Tour

Explore the lesser visited south-west coast of the island of Tahiti on a boat tour around the peninsula and Teahupoo. You will discover that there is more to ...  Read more

Location: Teahupo
Duration: 3 to 4 hrs

From USD $590.00
Tahiti Dolphin Watching Cruise, Papeete, 4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours
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Tahiti Dolphin Watching Cruise

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Go in search of spinner dolphins on this 2-hour cruise on the island of Tahiti. Cross the beautiful turquoise waters of the southern Pacific Ocean to ...  Read more

Location: Papeete, French Polynesia
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $116.55

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