Need to plan your next annual holiday? You’d be forgiven if The Islands of Tahiti isn’t the first destination to spring to mind when considering your next solo adventure holiday. And whilst the mention of Tahiti conjures up images of beyond-blue lagoons, pristine beaches, and overwater bungalows, there’s a little-known side to the islands that makes for a very different kind of holiday – the adventurous kind.
Beyond the luxury resorts and well-known holiday hotspots of Bora Bora and Moorea, the more remote islands offer largely unknown experiences – many of which are perfect for adventure travellers. From hiking to camping to cave tours and adrenaline sports, adventure certainly awaits in paradise.
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Regardless of your final destination, your Tahitian adventure will commence on the main island of Tahiti. What many people don’t know about the mainland is that its lesser known little sister – Tahiti Iti – is part of the island, and offers an abundance of adventure. “Little Tahiti” requires some effort to get to and is only accessible by boat or foot, but once there, a truly authentic taste of Tahitian culture and rugged landscapes begging to be explored await those who put in the effort to get there. The smaller loop is where you’ll find traditional Polynesian villages, archaeological sites, pristine beaches, and caves. You’ll likely need a guide to help you make your way into some of the sites and caves that are well known to locals, but which tourists rarely find.
Across the pristine waters on the mystical island of Nuku Hiva, a lush rainforest offers adventure of a different kind. Hiking through the dense landscape, you’ll often encounter wild horses, boars and goats roaming, and with the highest waterfall in The Islands of Tahiti, the looming cliffs look out onto the vast ocean, and you’ll likely spot the pod of melon-headed dolphins that live closely to the coast. For the thrill seekers, Nuku Hiva also makes for incredible diving. Dive with the manta rays, jack fish, swordfish and sharks of various species and sizes that are all just off the shores of the black sandy beaches. There are a variety of organised dives and tours that are perfect for solo travellers or groups of adventurers.
Activity-based adventures also abound on the tropical Eden of Tubuai. Boasting truly stunning waters and constant winds, Tubuai makes the perfect destination for water activities. The low-lying mountains also promise plenty of hiking routes which are perfect for those wanting an easier start into their adventure holidays.
For the truly adventurous, the option of diving into the open sea to swim with the world’s biggest animals may appeal. Rurutu, the island of whales, offers exquisite views from both land and water and between August and October it becomes home to families of humpback whales. One of few places in the world that swimming with humpback whales is possible, this breathtaking experience is not for the feint hearted, but promises memories to last a lifetime. On land, the island itself has a landscape great for hiking that allows more seasoned hikers to traverse majestic peaks and view archeological sites including limestone caves that were originally tombs for islander’s ancestors.
Feeling inspired? Find out more via Tahiti Tourisme Australia