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The capital of Tahiti, Papeete makes an excellent base from which to explore the largest of the French Polynesian islands. From hiking trails leading to refreshing waterfalls to water sports in transparent lagoon waters, the options for outdoor fun are almost endless. Here are the best ways for travelers based in Papeete to get active.
 
4WD Tours
Escape the city for an expedition into the dense rain forest–carpeted interior of Tahiti with a 4-wheel-drive excursion. Drive up Mount Marau, see the Arahoho Blowhole spurt into the air, and view waterfalls hidden in the forest, where you can take a dip in natural pools at the base of the cascades.
 
Cruises
Papeete is situated on Tahiti’s northwest coast and is the setting-off point for many island cruises. Dolphin-watching cruises tend to focus on Fisherman’s Bay, where pods of cetaceans are known to congregate in the waters. Between August and October, migrating humpbacks can often be spotted here, too. Other cruises from Papeete stop at bays around the island, where participants can swim or snorkel.
 
Surfing
Tahiti is a surfing hot spot, with well-known breaks, such as Taapuna Pass and Sapinus attracting steady streams of wave riders. The truly adventurous can tackle the gigantic waves at Teahupo’o, but be warned: The swells here are big and powerful, so it’s only for the very experienced. Go in August to watch professionals at work during the annual Billabong Pro Tahiti surf competition.
 
Hiking
If you want to strap on your hiking boots and explore the island’s interior, you’ll find lots of trail options. Starting from O Belvédère restaurant in Papeete, follow trails up Mount Aorai, which at 6,778 feet (2,066 meters), is the third-highest peak on the island—summiting usually requires an overnight stay and is not always possible during the wet season, when trails can be treacherous. An easier option near Papeete is a hike in Fautaua Valley, where two trails lead to the top and base of Fautaua Waterfall.
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Papeete Inner Island Full-Day Jeep Safari

Papeete Inner Island Full-Day Jeep Safari

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This full-day Jeep safari takes you through Papeete’s dense rainforest by 4WD to the interior of the French Polynesian island. Go off the beaten path of this Tahitian paradise, visiting Mount Marau, Arahoho Blowhole and the lush Cascades of Faarumai with an informative local guide. You’ll experience the majestic beauty surrounding Papeete, topped by a refreshing waterfall swim! Hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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  • 8 hours
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$102.95
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$102.95

Moorea Combo Jet Ski & ATV

Moorea Combo Jet Ski & ATV

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Enjoy adventures both on and off the water with this Moorea combo tour. On two different days, you'll take a Jet Ski tour to Cook's Bay and have the chance to swim among rays and sharks, and then explore pineapple fields and the mountain landscape on an ATV/quad bike tour.
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$201.29
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$201.29

Morning or Afternoon Moorea Jet Ski Tour

Morning or Afternoon Moorea Jet Ski Tour

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Experience a thrilling morning or afternoon jet ski tour of Moorea’s bays and lagoons, while looking out for aquatic life, sunken statues, and landmark buildings on shore. You’ll have the choice of a single or double jet ski, so that you feel comfortable whatever your level of experience. Your expert guide will lead the way and ensure you’re safe. This half-day tour is an ideal blend of adrenaline-pumping action and sightseeing.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$117.54
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$117.54

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Moorea Jet Ski Tour, Lunch at Moorea Beach Cafe Next Door and 4WD Tour

Moorea Jet Ski Tour, Lunch at Moorea Beach Cafe Next Door and 4WD Tour

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Enjoy a thrilling day touring the bays and mountains of Moorea from a jet ski and a 4WD. Look out for marine life like dolphins and rays while on the water. A delicious lunch with sweeping views of the waterfront will be served, to refuel you for an afternoon on the 4WD trails of Moorea’s volcanic interior. This tour packs a lot of fun and varied sights into a single day.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$207.76
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$207.76

Walking Under the Sea in Moorea

Walking Under the Sea in Moorea

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AQUABLUE Moorea offers an extraordinary excursion using pretty yellow helmets allowing everyone to walk under the sea safely. Much simpler than snorkeling in snorkel masks, as it is useless to know how to swim. AQUABLUE is for all people from 6 years old who want to discover the seabed safely. It's a unique experience!
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$97.44
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$97.44
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Tahiti Introductory Scuba Dive

Tahiti Introductory Scuba Dive

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Take an introductory scuba dive in the magical Tahiti lagoon. This 2-hour program is designed for those who wants to experience scuba diving for the first time, or for those with no dive certification. You will have an amazing experience, and receive lots of personalized attention from the experienced team of local and international divemasters and dive instructors from a SSI-PADI 5 Star dive center.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$139.35
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$139.35

Enjoy Moorea Day Tour

Enjoy Moorea Day Tour

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Get an introduction to the best hidden spots in Moorea from a local on this full-day tour. Get access to a private beach, local waterfalls, mountains, and other attractions off the beaten path. Swim in a pristine lagoon and take a hike to a local waterfall that you may not otherwise find if you were simply exploring on your own. Refreshments are included along the way, and you'll have the chance to ask any questions about Moorea to your guide as you travel.
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$127.07
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$127.07
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Moorea Three Coconuts Trail Guided Hike

Moorea Three Coconuts Trail Guided Hike

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Get acquainted with the natural landscapes of Moorea during a 3-hour guided hike on the Three Coconuts Pass trail. Starting from the Belvedere Lookout, with spectacular views over the island, you’ll follow your guide on a moderate 4-mile (7-km) path through lush rainforest. Learn about the botanical features of French Polynesia, view the peaks of Moorea and refresh yourself at a waterfall. Includes pickup and drop-off from selected hotels.
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  • 3 hours
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$63.80
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$63.80

4x4 Jeep Safari Tour

4x4 Jeep Safari Tour

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Experience the beauty of Moorea, beyond the white-sand beaches, with this tour of the tropical island. You'll head up in a 4WD vehicle to the top of the lush mountain of Belvedere, with its gorgeous views overlooking the island and its surrounding waters. You'll also get to visit a pineapple farm, a vanilla plantation and try out local jams and liquors at the Fruit Juice Factory.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$56.32
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$56.32
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E-Bike Moorea Electric Bike Rental Moorea

E-Bike Moorea Electric Bike Rental Moorea

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Enjoy the fresh air and fabulous views aboard a fun and easy-to-operate electric bike. You’ll be provided with a map of the island, then it’s up to you to create your own itinerary. Pineapple plantations, Polynesian temples, white sand beaches...the entire island is yours to explore. Bikes are charged for 100 miles of riding and helmets and bike locks are included.
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  • 4 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$74.53
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$74.53
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Blue Lagoon Snorkeling Tour

Blue Lagoon Snorkeling Tour

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Two separate and awesome snorkeling sight for maximum observation included a drop off. Snorkeling inside a marine reserve. Because we are a shore-based tour we snorkel slowly to get up close and personal with all the ocean life! We only operate small guided tours in order to guarantee you confort and security. Whether you're a beginner swimmer or an experienced snorkeler, We will customize the experience just for you! Stay safe with a professional snorkeling instructor. FREE PICK UP ALL AROUND THE ISLAND
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$74.33
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$74.33
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Aito 4WD Safari Tour

Aito 4WD Safari Tour

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Traverse the dramatic jungle landscapes of Moorea by open-air 4WD vehicle — a great way to experience the island’s natural beauty. This morning tour takes you to the viewpoints of Belvedere Lookout and Magical Mountain, and visits sacred French Polynesian sites. Gaze at tropical fruits at the Lycée Agricole (Agriculture School) as your guide shares informative commentary about this idyllic island. Numbers are limited to eight passengers to ensure a small-group experience.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$56.99
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$56.99

Private Morning Moorea 4WD Including Belvedere Pineapple Farm and Magic Mountain

Private Morning Moorea 4WD Including Belvedere Pineapple Farm and Magic Mountain

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Discover Moorea's wonders without worrying about cabs or self-drive on this private, open-sided 4WD tour. Rather than do your own driving and sightseeing research; let a driver-guide whisk you to the must-sees and introduce the island. Absorb bird’s-eye views from the Belvedere Lookout, taste jams at a tropical garden, and visit Cook’s Bay and a pineapple plantation; all complemented by your guide’s knowledge of local culture, flora, and history.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$450.00
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$450.00
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4x4 Safari Tour

4x4 Safari Tour

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The best way to discover the island of Moorea with its legends, its stories, its magnificent viewpoints with several stops for photos. The guides are professional and native of the island of Moorea, nothing better to know the true stories of the island, to know the life of the local people formerly and nowadays, they will share their culture with love and passion, always with the smile because it's also part of Polynesian culture.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$52.03
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$52.03
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private Tahiti island discovery

private Tahiti island discovery

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Our private half day tour is the best experience to discover the different aspects of the island of Tahiti. You will have the opportunity to go all around the island and visit the main natural, historical and cultural sites. Our professional driver guide can adapt the itinerary to your expectations.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$428.42
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$428.42
per group
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Authentic Moana Lagoon Excursion - Full Day (Motu Lunch included)

Authentic Moana Lagoon Excursion - Full Day (Motu Lunch included)

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Explore the island paradise of Moorea as you glide between sandy bays and glittering lagoons on this 5.5-hour boat cruise, including hotel pick-up. Dive into the crystalline waters of Cook’s Bay or Opunohu Bay, and swim among friendly stingrays and blacktip reef sharks. Drop anchor on a deserted island to tuck into a delicious Tahitian-style picnic lunch (included), then enjoy swimming and snorkeling in the idyllic Moorea Lagoon. 
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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$94.15
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$94.15

Private TAHITI Half-day 5h Circle Island Tour (Departs 8am or 1pm)

Private TAHITI Half-day 5h Circle Island Tour (Departs 8am or 1pm)

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Yota provides a unique insight into the Polynesian way of life. He creates privileged relations with all the Polynesians to guarantee a meaningful tour for you. Through his in-depth knowledge of Tahiti and Her Islands (he has traveled to 23 out of the 40 available by plane) Yota weaves a tale for his listeners. Yota's Japanese background and sensitivity provides for you a highly personalized service and attention to detail that surpasses other experiences.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$255.00
per group
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$255.00
per group
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Private Tahiti Island Tour - Half Day

Private Tahiti Island Tour - Half Day

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Take a tour on a trip around the island and discover some of the Treasures of Tahiti. Start with the West Coast and the famous Marae Arahurahu, religious site dedicated to the ancient gods where important ceremonies used to take place. Then continue with the visit of the beautiful gardens and waterfall of Vaipahi set in a lush tropical environment. "Do not miss the East Coast and its Blow Hole, natural site recently rehabilitated for visitors or the famous Venus Point, " who saw Captain James Cook landed. Then wrap up your island tour by a breathtaking panoramic view at the Taharaa View Point.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$509.18
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$509.18
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Moorea Introductory Scuba Dive

Moorea Introductory Scuba Dive

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Take an introductory scuba dive in the magical Moorea lagoon. This 2-hour program is designed for those who wants to experience scuba diving for the first time, or for those with no dive certification. You will have an amazing experience, and receive lots of personalized attention from the experienced team of local and international divemasters and dive instructors from a SSI-PADI 5 Star dive center.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$139.35
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$139.35

Moorea Shark Expedition

Moorea Shark Expedition

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This tour helps support ongoing conservation efforts and scientific contributions for sharks in French Polynesia!
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$113.98
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$113.98

Moorea food tour (Tama'a street food tour)

Moorea food tour (Tama'a street food tour)

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Step into the slippers of a local  as we snack our way around Moorea with your local guide Heimata who was born and raised on Moorea.  Tama'a means to eat in Tahitian and we will be doing just that as you and your taste buds discover Moorea. During your food tour you will taste and visit authentic local finds that will offer unique flavors where locals like to eat.  The food in Tahiti consists of three cultures, Tahitian, Chinese, and French.  On the Tama'a street food tour we will seek out hidden food gems from all three backgrounds.   Guest will experience 6-8 tastings, depending on season and availability.  The tour will take between 4-5 hours. We will also stop at some breathtaking sites, and get a little cultural history of the island.   Come join us for a unique Moorea experience with Moorea Food adventures, and learn about the Moorea culinary scene.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$135.04
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$135.04

4x4 Moorea Safari Tours :

4x4 Moorea Safari Tours :

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Half Day 4WD Tour , Discover Moorea and all the highlights , stunning view , several stop for photography ... 4 hour tour in an open air vehicle morning or afternoon, departure Stop at look outs and photo opportunities See Belvedere , Magic mountain ,Rotui Mountain , Feed the Eel in the River , Valley , Cooks and Opunohu Bay Learn about Polynesian Culture from your friendly guide Experience a tour with us , is sharing a part of our history , discovering the most magical views of the island of Moorea . - Duration of the Tour : 4hour - A professional guide will show you around - Taste locally produced jams, juices, and liquors - Round-trip transfers from your hotel will be provided - Full insurance - Brand new Car - Capacity : 8 people per vehicule (up to 3 vehicle)
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$56.99
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$56.99
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Private Tour: Moorea 4x4 Safari

Private Tour: Moorea 4x4 Safari

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See the best sites Moorea has to offer with this 4x4 tour of the tropical Polynesian island. You'll visit Cook's Bay, wander through a tropical garden with its own vanilla plantation, taste homemade jam, see a pineapple farm, and stop to taste local fruits and liquors. You'll also get to head up to the beautiful viewpoint at Belvedere to take in great views of the island and its surroundings.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$373.26
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$373.26
per group

Traditional private tour with Vaapiti

Traditional private tour with Vaapiti

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Vaapiti was specially built to practice my passions, surfing, diving, fishing and particularly sailing. So since the launch of my va'a two years ago, I have been living incredible experiences. I would like to share with you this feeling of freedom that sailing and the ocean create. Coming on board is a connection to an epopee that began thousands years ago. The Vaapiti adventure is waiting for you !
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$584.50
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$584.50
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