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Papeete Inner Island Full-Day Jeep Safari

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Arue, French Polynesia

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icon8 hours  (Approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English and 1 more
Good for avoiding crowds


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.
  • Uncover lush rainforest, waterfalls and archeological sites on this full-day Papeete jeep safari tour
  • Explore the inner-island of Papeete and learn about the fauna and flora of the region
  • Informative and friendly guide
  • Plenty of photo opportunities
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
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Hotel & wharf pickup and drop off
Local guide
Transportation by 4WD vehicle
Service fee

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Please note that for tours/transfers on Mondays and Week-End days, bookings must be made at the latest 72hours before.
If not, the tour/transfer may not be available due to process delay.

Pick up from Cruise Port available ( please advise the name of the cruise ship)


Departure Time

9:00 AM
Discover the natural wonders of Tahiti on this inner-island safari tour by 4WD vehicle. After your guide picks you up from your hotel in downtown Papeete or at the wharf, hop into the Jeep for a thrilling ride — traversing rough roads best accessed by a 4x4 vehicle.

Make your first stop at Mount Marau, a former 19th-century French fortress. Treat yourself to a gorgeous vista of the lush, rainforest-clad Punaruu Valley and snap photos of the island's highest peaks: Orohena, Aorai, Tetufera and Teamaa.

Your tour continues to the Arahoho Blowhole, an unmarked roadside attraction created over eons by liquid lava, when battering surf undercut the basalt shoreline and eroded a tunnel-like passageway. When large waves crash into the rocks, watch in awe as a geyser-like plume of seawater shoots into the air and sprays onlookers. 

Check out the local surfers and the black-sand beach before re-boarding the Jeep. You’ll enter to the Faaurumai Valley near Tahiti’s north coast to visit the three waterfalls of the Cascades of Faarumai — nestled in nearly impenetrable rainforest of hutu and mape trees. It’s an easy 5-minute walk to Vaimahutu Falls, which plunges 100 feet (30 meters) into a crystal-clear pool below. 

Follow your guide along a 20-minute rainforest walk to reach the other two cascades, Haamaremare Iti and Haamaremare Rahi, and spend time at the final waterfall with a refreshing swim if you’d like. Back in your 4WD vehicle, make the return trip to Papeete where your full-day tour ends.
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You will get to the heart of the island by exploring the main crater in the Papenoo Valley.
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There get ready to discover the lush vegetation of Tahiti with its giant ferns and colorful plants. You will cross rivers, view impressive waterfalls and pure mountain streams.
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During the tour, time will be given for lunch (at your own expenses) while looking at the marvelous panorama of the valley. Visit archeological sites and learn more about the local flora and fauna. Way back to your hotel after this great experience.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • What to bring: hat, sunscreen, swimsuit, comfortable walking shoes and towel
  • Maximum tour size: 38 people
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 38 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Tahiti Nui Travel

If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.

If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the maximum group size during Papeete Inner Island Full-Day Jeep Safari?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 38 travelers.

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108 Reviews

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Excellent way to see the entire island
, Jun 2021
This was a great trip and a full day. Our guide was great, he stopped at a store to allow us to purchase snacks/lunch. Lots of wonderful pictures and beautiful scenery at every turn.
Amazing scenery; very little information
, Oct 2020
I was very excited to take this tour and see more of Tahiti. The terrain is magical and despite (or perhaps because of) the rain we had on and off throughout the day, I really enjoyed seeing this untamed part of the island. There are so many waterfalls you lose track of them but never did I lose my sense of wonder for the natural beauty we were seeing. As several other reviewers have noted, there isn't a ton of information provided by the guide, although I know I got even less than the rest of my group. As the lone English speaker, I would wait for Eric to provide 3-5 minute explanations in French followed by less than one minute in English and after the first stop, he really didn't communicate with me in English at all. I hope this would not be the case if the group was more mixed. While Eric did a great job of navigating the roads, which is critical given the weather and the road conditions, he had a knack for stopping the vehicle just past the best spot for a photo, so that was a bit of a bummer. The tour description also indicates there will be a short walk to more waterfalls. This was omitted from our tour. I assume because of the weather but I don't know because I was not given any updates on the plan for the day in English. Overall, the landscape speaks for itself but if you are hoping for an informative and helpful guide (and an English language tour), I would try to find a different tour operator.
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Amazing and beautiful - highly recommend!
, Sep 2020
Amazing tour! Exceeded our expectations and our guide was wonderful! If you are into scenic views inaccessible by regular car, nature and a thrill, this tour is for you!
Breath taking views
, Sep 2020
Sydney was amazing. He was very informative and was awesome driving. I never felt unsafe. The inner island is beautiful. Every turn is another stunning view. I would suggest taking lunch. The best part about the lunch restaurant was the view.
Tahiti Jeep Adventure
, Sep 2020
The excursion was great, but nothing of what was noted in the description. It was a jeep ride through the interior of Tahiti, where you saw numerous waterfalls from afar. We stopped to swim in a stream, although had numerous water flies. We stopped for lunch at the top of mountain restaurant, which was beautiful views. We stopped at the lake and a small waterfall for pictures.
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, Mar 2020
The tour was wonderful. The guide was excellent and we saw the most amazing scenery. Even though it rained, I would rate it very highly.
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Car Safari Tahiti Nui Volcano
, Mar 2020
Very well organized 8h trip up to the heart of the Tahiti Nui volcano. Nice views of waterfalls and explanation of local ecosystem by a very knowledgeable local tour guide/driver. Good 4WD car well suited for narrow and very steep dirt tracks up and down with a very safety conscious tour guide driver.
Glorious waterfalls!
, Mar 2020
We were glad we chose an interior island tour and felt that we were able to see much more than people on busses would see. Riding through the jungle and seeing the numerous waterfalls - one after another after another - was great. It actually rained the day we were on tour which we thought made it even more exciting! Lunch was good but providing approximate costs of menu selections in advance would have been appreciated so we would have been financially prepared.
, Feb 2020
A wonderful experience. Beautiful nature, amazing views of the waterfalls. I recommend trying. Have a great day in Papeete.
Tahiti island culterra
, Feb 2020
It was very interesting to drive inside Tahiti island cultera. The driver was very experienced and very patient to drive stip, narrow, one-way path. Beautiful place to see with a lot of waterfalls, lakes and extremely stip peaks all around. We were lucky to get under the rain and to see “virgin hair” - numerous thin waterfalls running down the hills. Well organized lunch in the mountain restaurant. Highly recommend to those who would like to get whole day escape from hot beach.

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