Here in Tahiti, we say ‘Ua Reva!’ or ‘Let’s go!’ when we set off for adventure. And opportunities for adventure abound, with something for every kind of adventurer, from explorers, to thrill-seekers, to anyone simply wishing to escape their everyday world. Each of the 118 islands in The Islands of Tahiti has its own unique landscape for you to discover. Trek across beaches, through forests, and up mountains. Swim with clownfish, rays, and even sharks. Sail the open sea, over the lagoon, or across all five archipelagos. And discover the rich traditions of a culture rooted in Mana, the life force that lives in everything and everyone in The Islands of Tahiti. Are you ready for adventure? Ua Reva!
Travelers looking to experience a side of The Islands of Tahiti that’s a little more action-packed and heart-pounding will find plenty of it in The Islands of Tahiti.
- Shooting the Pass
To “shoot the pass” is to experience what many have called the world’s greatest adrenaline rush in the Tuamotu Islands. As a rush of water pours from the ocean into the lagoon with the tide, divers, snorkelers, and passengers aboard glass-bottom boats are thrown into the lagoon among a breathtaking array of eagle rays, dolphins, sharks, and tuna.
Soar through the skies in lush mountainous terrain and discover a playground in the trees. The self-guided aerial adventure parks provide hours of thrills and challenges for all ages and abilities.
Free-fall for an unforgettable experience as you enjoy breathtaking views. Skydiving jumps take place in tandem with a professional skydiving instructor. You can find skydiving tour operators on Moorea, Bora Bora and Tahiti (at sunset).
Flying 600 feet (183 meters) above an improbable palette of turquoise is an experience you’ll remember forever. Check out suppliers in Bora Bora and Moorea to view the beauty of The Islands of Tahiti from the sky, solo, in tandem, or in trio, towed by a cable up to 900 feet long (274 meters).
- Aerobatics and Flying Lessons
Experience the freedom of the island of Tahiti as pilot of your own aircraft. After taking off from Tahiti-Faa’a Airport with a pilot-instructor, you’ll have the opportunity to improve your flying skills or even practice aerobatics high above the lagoon. Lessons are offered at every level, from beginner to pilot’s license.
The only way to get the full experience of the island of Tahiti’s steep-sided valleys, its plateaus, and its lagoon is by paragliding. Paragliding is an affordable sport that is available to all ages with no particular physical fitness requirement.
- Surfing of All Kinds
Polynesia is a paradise for surfers of all levels, both beginners and professionals. But not just traditional surfing is a favorite sport in The Islands of Tahiti. Even the smallest breath of wind and hint of sun are enough to bring out the kiteboards and windsurfers too. Give them all a try and discover the many thrills of the waves.
- Mountain Biking
Grab a mountain bike and make your way into the interior of the islands. There are many mountains and challenging terrain to explore, and many hotels offer bikes for hire.
- Swim with the Sharks
There are many opportunities to swim among the wildlife while you’re here. You can choose a more passive experience with a Motu picnic set in the water among the friendly rays, snorkel with hundreds of species of fish in the lagoons, and for the more adventurous at heart, you can actually swim with the rays and even sharks. The Islands of Tahiti are home to the largest shark sanctuary in the world with more than 1.5 million square miles (2,5 million square kilometers) of ocean set aside to protect this majestic animal.
Calling All Explorers
With 118 unique islands spread across five archipelagos, The Islands of Tahiti offer a wide range of landscapes, hidden treasures, and opportunities to explore for the adventure minded. Set out on foot, on horseback, in the water, or through the air to discover all that the islands have to offer.
- Explore the Terrain
In the high islands, you’ll discover many hiking paths that wind through wild valleys and undergrowth and lead to amazing lookout points. Hike out and into the caves of Vai’aea. Go in search of the mysterious marae and rare archeological sites. Embark on your own or with a qualified guide that will offer high quality services and help keep you safe.
- Survey the Islands on Horseback
Wander The Islands of Tahiti on horseback for a unique experience of the landscape. Discover archaeological remains and historic sites as you amble through the valleys and plateaux of the Marquesas Islands. Or set out to explore the beauty of the Moorea with a ride through the pineapple plantations.
- 4×4 Excursions on Quad Bikes
Excursions in off-road vehicles make it effortless to explore the mountainous inner isles. Kick up some dirt as you power up a mountain. Or opt for cars, scooters, “fun cars” and quad bikes.
- Outrigger Canoeing and Sailing
The calm waters of the lagoons offer tons of opportunities for sailing and anchoring. Traverse the clear turquoise waters in a traditional outrigger canoe, in a simple kayak, or take it up a notch with a ride in a sailing ship or the racing course pirogue. The best options for boating are found on Taha’a and Raiatea, but most of the islands offer some form of watercraft.
Escape the Real World
If you’re looking to escape your everyday life, let the heaven on earth of The Islands of Tahiti welcome you. We are embraced by Mana, the unseen life force that gives the islands balance and tranquility, power and surrender. So come, submit to the islands, the beauty, and the embrace of Mana.
- Stand-Up Paddle Boarding
Stand-up paddling is an excellent way to take your time and soak in the islands. Paddle the tranquil lagoons among sea life and breathtaking views or embark on a leisurely paddle down one the river in Raiatea for sights less seen.
- On Your Yacht
Take a tour of The Islands of Tahiti in the luxury of your very own yacht. Whether you book a room aboard or reserve the entire craft, it’s an escape like no other. Take it across the sea to the different islands, stop off to explore the pearl farms or a vanilla plantation, and let it be your home base for water sports and the freedom to hop into the crystal blue waters anytime and anywhere you like.
- Flights of Fancy
Discover an incredible experience over some of the most beautiful lagoons in the world from a chartered flight. Whatever circuit you choose, you will enjoy panoramic views and all the many shades of blue that will dazzle your eyes. Fly comfortably and safely aboard an aircraft captained by an experienced pilot who knows the area perfectly. And for the shutterbugs among us, these flights are exceptional opportunities to take unforgettable photos and videos.
- Embrace Culture
With its rich Polynesian history, The Islands of Tahiti offer magical moments for visitors to engage in cultural celebrations. Hit the beach in the evening for a traditional fire dance, attend a traditional marriage ceremony (or schedule your own), or explore the public market in Papeete for authentic Tahitian pearls, weavings, and other local treasures. In 2017, UNESCO named the Taputapuatea marae on the island of Raiatea in The Islands of Tahiti a World Heritage site, making it the first cultural site in a French overseas realm recognized by UNESCO. The Taputapuatea marae is an ancient sacred site estimated to be 1,000 years old where religious and social Polynesian ceremonies were performed prior to the arrival of European missionaries. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for you to experience authentic Polynesian history in a site where Polynesian ancestors arranged hundreds of stones which they believed to hold Mana, a source of power and spiritual strength that are still here today.
- An Ancient World
The Austral Islands, found about an hour and a half south of the main island of Tahiti, are some of the most wild and rugged lands seldom visited by even the most intrepid travelers. On Rurutu, the humpback whales actually outnumber humans, making it the optimal site for whale watching. For those who are looking for an escape to a world untouched by modern man, these islands are truly beyond the horizon, beyond your imagination.
There are many ways to feel liberated in The Islands of Tahiti. Adventures come in all shapes and sizes and you’re sure to find exactly what you’ve always been looking for.