Hiking in Tahiti

The Hikes

(Click on the Hikes Name for their location)


The Maroto Valley

On the East Coast of Tahiti, right before the famous surf spot Papenoo’s rivermouth, turn right and head straight into the island to discover the Maroto Valley. Holding endless natural trails and with views of the surrounding mountains, you’ll get to feel the Mana (energy) and connect to it. From chasing waterfalls to eating or sleeping at Le Relais de La Maroto (km 17, 1h drive) there is something to do for everyone, click here for their facebook. The adventure awaits you…

Make sure you bring mosquito repellant and stay aware of weather conditions (if it’s flooded, forget it). There is no signal in the valley.

The Belvedere hike

Starting in Arue, you will get the chance to hike in a 1h trek (2h for return) surrounded by trees and nothing else. Not an easy run if you are willing to take part of the different workout spot you will encounter on your way to the top. But don’t worry, at the end of it, you”ll be able to recover and enjoy the swimming pool of the O’Belvedere Restaurant with of course a nice fresh juice to go with.

Mont Aorai

O’Belvedere is a nice restaurant sure, but a trek on the 3rd biggest mountain of Tahiti and probably one of the best trek you can have on the island is something else. And the good thing is that you will need to reach the O’belvedere restaurant to start the Mont Aorai. Juts after the restaurant, their is a path that will lead to the Army training center. Past that is the start of the Mont Aorai.

The mountain has some nice rainforest and is really wild and scenic, despite the fact that it rises behind the largest city in all of French Polynesia. The mountain isn’t climbed very often, but since the trail begins at the French Army training center, the army keeps the trail well-maintained and in good condition.
No real difficulty, you can do it alone (even if we advise to always go with someone), no permit needed, just a jaw dropping hike.


Mont Marau


Te Pari

Unique, preserved, untouched, wonderful. One of the must do activities: the discovery of what hides after the end of the road. From caves, waterfalls, cliffs and hikes to fishing, snorkeling and whale watching (June to October). Check out more with our providers.

Lava Tubes

The Lava Tubes Excursions will bring you to the inside of the Island of Tahiti. Cavities were dug thousand years ago when the lava coming out of the Mountain of Tahiti Nui, it made its way inside the mountain, creating corridors. Without any sun light, and with a guide, you will be able to discover and make your way inside the caves of the lava tubes. Get ready to get wet and cold, but in the end, the reward is worth any effort.

You will need a guide for this one as specific recommandations are needed. Look below for the list of our providers.

Fautaua Valley

Plant paradise in Papeete. Tahiti is not a bathing or beach paradise.  Apart from the international airport it is mainly the inland with its craggy mountain peaks and tropical vegetation which is a paradise for every hiker. There are several day trips near Papeete through jungle-like forests with waterfalls and to the over 2.000 m high volcanic mountains. The Fautaua valley also provides the drinking water for the capital. Initially the hike leads on flat terrain to the bridge but continues steep and slippery up to the Cascade.


 The Providers


Mato Nui Excursions

Tel:  +689 87 78 95 47


Tahiti Reva Teck

Tel:  +689 87 74 77 20


Ia Ora Na Tahiti Expeditions

Tel:  +689 87 75 88 07



Tahiti Surfari

Tel:  +689 87 77 72 26