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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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$100.56
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$100.56

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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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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$114.81
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$114.81

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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$124.91
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$124.91
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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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$62.32
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$62.32

Moorea 4x4 Safari Tour

Moorea 4x4 Safari Tour

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Get access to remote areas of the island of Moorea on this half-day tour via 4WD vehicle. Visit Cook's Bay, a vanilla plantation, a local liquor factory, and Magic Mountain. Along the way, you'll get in-depth commentary from your guide on the island's history, culture, and modern-day life. Taste the flavors of Moorea with samples of different local jams, juices, and pineapple-derived alcohol.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$52.75
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$52.75

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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$204.23
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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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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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$55.01
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$55.01
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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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$72.60
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$72.60
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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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$56.84
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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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$72.80
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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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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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$50.82
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$50.82
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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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$92.12
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