Explore Tahiti In A Day

  Photo by  Scottypass

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By ScottyPass

Many who travel often fail to embody the culture and lifestyle of a destination and really reflect genuinely and meaningfully during their experience. The Islands of Tahiti manage to break down those barriers and cast aside those inhibitions we sometimes face whilst travelling abroad. The Islands of Tahiti let you travel in such a way that you can’t help but feel connected to the culture, the lifestyle and sincerely feel like you’ve escaped the worries of the world. In Tahiti, this interconnection is known as Mana - the spirit to embrace. Here's my guide to exploring Tahiti in a day...


1 Maraa Grotto

PAPARĀ, FRENCH POLYNESIA

Minutes before reaching Papara on Tahiti's South West coast, you'll spot the entrance into Maraa Grotto - A fern covered cavern tucked away just off the main road. The grotto is one of two caves, filled with intense, electric blue coloured freshwater. It's the perfect spot to take a break and soak in the natural beauty that Tahiti seems to constantly throw your way. The walk into the grotto is covered with an abundance of ferns and hanging vines, providing visitors with a unique experience.

  Photo by  Scottypass

Photo by Scottypass

  Photo by  Scottypass

Photo by Scottypass

2 Vaima Springs (Bain de Vaima)

UNNAMED ROAD, ÎLES DU VENT, FRENCH POLYNESIA

Popular with many of the Tahitian locals on the weekends, Vaima Springs is a jaw dropping fresh water spring. It's only a short walk from the car park off the main road and offers visitors the perfect refreshing swim. The water is much the same as the Maraa Grotto - fresh, clear and the most vivid blue hue. We spent over forty-five minutes photographing, swimming and enjoying this fantastic local attraction before making our way further south toward Teahupo'o on Tahiti Iti's coastline.

  Photo by  Scottypass

Photo by Scottypass

3 Fresh Fruit Market Stalls

UNNAMED ROAD, ÎLES DU VENT, FRENCH POLYNESIA

There's no shortage of fresh fruit in Tahiti, that's for sure. Everywhere you look, there's a small fruit stall selling local produce. Anything ranging from coconuts, to mangoes and pineapples to breadfruit, it can all be purchased roadside for your convenience. Simply drive on up to the stall and you'll have yourself a fresh collection of Tahiti's finest in no time. We stopped to grab a few images from this stallholder after visiting the Maraa Grotto - He kept things simple, selling his home grown pineapples off the hood of his car - only in Tahiti.

  Photo by  Scottypass

Photo by Scottypass

4 Vaipahi Falls

PAPEARI, FRENCH POLYNESIA

You'll begin to notice that The Islands of Tahiti are never short on the number of waterfalls you get to experience. If you decide to explore Tahiti for the day, you'll be fortunate enough to see many waterfalls, some close by the roadside, and others that tower further in amongst the valleys. This particular waterfall (Vaipahi Falls) is easily accessible and is just a short stroll from the main road on Tahiti.

  Photo by  Scottypass

Photo by Scottypass

5 White sand beaches, La plage de Maui & Vaiava Beach (Puna'auia)

FRENCH POLYNESIA

While most of the beaches on Tahiti consist of black, volcanic sand beaches, there are a few white sand beaches that you'll find on the scenic drive south to Teahupo'o, namely, La plage de Maui and Vaiava Beach. These beaches are the perfect place to stop, admire the mountains and also the coconut palm fringed beaches, all while soaking up the magnificent view of the ocean and corals. We decided to stop at this roadside jetty with a lone palm tree hugging the edge of the water after visiting the village of Teahupo'o at Le plage de Maui. It was the perfect rest stop and ideal photo location. On the return journey, we opted to take in the views at Vaiava Beach in Punaauia for a swim before returning to the hotel. 

Mana is the energy that interconnects The Islands of Tahiti and flows through its culture, people and landscapes, leaving you feeling more connected and alive. I was fortunate enough to experience some of the most unique and incredibly wild and untouched landscapes whilst exploring Tahiti in a day. The generosity of the local Tahitians is profound, duly noted whilst visiting local stallholders and while making friendly conversation. Mana, the spirit to embrace can be felt and experienced everywhere you look, particularly while observing the relaxed lifestyle and nature of the locals and their traditions focused on family. 

  Photo by  Scottypass

Photo by Scottypass

  Photo by  Scottypass

Photo by Scottypass

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