Tahiti Iti Waterfalls

Tahiti Iti / Pueu District / Tautira District, Tahiti Island, French Polynesia

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One of the more impressive waterfalls seen behind the village of Pueu

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INTRODUCTION

The Tahiti Iti Waterfalls page was my attempt at trying to capture and exhibit the numerous waterfalls we managed to encounter while visiting the smaller "dumbbell" of Tahiti Island (the part known as Tahiti Iti or Little Tahiti).

We happened to show up on a day when the rains came real hard so it's quite possible that what we're showing would be more than the usual quantity of waterfalls (whatever that means). In any case, I understand that the rainiest side of Tahiti Island would be indeed the northeast coast of Tahiti Iti. And it just so happened that just about all the photographs shown on this page were taken from that coast.

In particular, there were a line of waterfalls between the villages of Pueu and Tautira that seemed to be heavy in this concentration of waterfalls. To my knowledge, none of these have formal names. And we were able to get a very nice perspective from a beach near Tautira looking back towards the village of Pueu.

We were even able to get a very dramatic view of the mountains over the remote Vaitepiha River Valley from this very beach. The village of Tautira is at the very end of the road leading along the northern coast of Tahiti Iti from Taravao.




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PHOTO JOURNAL

Waterfalls lining the backside of the village of Pueu as seen from the beach near TautiraWaterfalls lining the backside of the village of Pueu as seen from the beach near Tautira
The mountains rising sharply behind the Vaitepiha River ValleyThe mountains rising sharply behind the Vaitepiha River Valley
On the other side of Tahiti Iti from Pueu was Teahupo'o, which was well known as a big wave surfing spot though there were no big waves seen on this foul-weather dayOn the other side of Tahiti Iti from Pueu was Teahupo'o, which was well known as a big wave surfing spot though there were no big waves seen on this foul-weather day
At the end of the day of our long drive to Tahiti Iti and back, we then checked out the city of Papeete since the weather momentarily cleared while we were also having dinner hereAt the end of the day of our long drive to Tahiti Iti and back, we then checked out the city of Papeete since the weather momentarily cleared while we were also having dinner here
One of several waterfalls as seen from the beach near TautiraOne of several waterfalls as seen from the beach near Tautira

Another waterfall as seen from the beach near TautiraAnother waterfall as seen from the beach near Tautira

One of several waterfalls as seen from the beach near TautiraAnd yet another waterfall as seen from the beach near Tautira

The beach near Tautira looking towards Vaitepiha River ValleyThe beach near Tautira looking towards Vaitepiha River Valley

Another look back at one of the waterfalls behind Pueu from the beachAnother look back at one of the waterfalls behind Pueu from the beach

Some other waterfall near the mouth of the Vaitepiha River ValleySome other waterfall near the mouth of the Vaitepiha River Valley

The waterfall at the mouth of Vaitepiha River Valley started to get lost in the downpourThe waterfall at the mouth of Vaitepiha River Valley started to get lost in the downpour

Some waterfall falling behind someone's home near PueuSome waterfall falling behind someone's home near Pueu

Another pair of waterfalls behind some residences near PueuAnother pair of waterfalls behind some residences near Pueu

An attractive two-tiered waterfall over someone's fence near PueuAn attractive two-tiered waterfall over someone's fence near Pueu

Driving the main Taravao-Tautira road with a waterfall in the distanceDriving the main Taravao-Tautira road with a waterfall in the distance

Another look at the tall two-tiered falls behind PueuAnother look at the tall two-tiered falls behind Pueu

Perhaps the most impressive waterfall of the lot that we saw behind the village of PueuPerhaps the most impressive waterfall of the lot that we saw behind the village of Pueu

The viewpoint on the Plateau of TaravaoThe viewpoint on the Plateau of Taravao. Too bad the bad weather obscured what otherwise would've been a regal view of both Tahiti Iti and Tahiti Nui.

Locals catching smaller waves closer to the black-sand beach at TeahupooLocals catching smaller waves closer to the black-sand beach at Teahupoo

Looking inland at the mountains backing TeahupooLooking inland at the mountains backing Teahupoo


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS


Right to left sweep starting from a clouded-over Tahiti Nui then panning over to three of the waterfalls behind the village of Pueu then ending at some pretty mountains of Vaitepiha Valley


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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

As mentioned earlier, the waterfalls found on this page are largely concentrated between the villages of Pueu and Tautira. To drive there, we had to drive roughly 60km from Papeete to the town of Taravao. Then, we had to take the road opposite the Banque de Polynesie, which led 18km further along the northern coast of Tahiti Iti (passing by a turnoff for the Plateau de Taravao or Vaiufaufa Viewpoint), which terminated at the town of Tautira. I believe it's a solid 90-minute to 2-hour drive one-way.

By the way, the drive from Tautira back to Punaauia (where we were staying) was about 67km (at least 90 minutes drive).

On an non-waterfall-related note, the southern side of Tahiti Iti is more famous for the beach at Teahupoo (Plage de Teahupoo), which I believe is pronounced "CHOH-poo" (don't ask me how the spelling even remotely comes close to the way it's pronounced). A lot of my coworkers and friends who surf definitely know about that place as it supposedly has some of the wickedest surf breaks in the world though I think you have to boat beyond the reef to access those waves. Teahupoo is at the end of the road along the southern coast of Tahiti Iti from Taravao.

In order to get there from Tautira, you'd have to drive back to Taravao, then take the other connecting road. There's no direct way to take a vehicle across Tahiti Iti or even along rugged cliffs of Te Pari Coast to go between Tautira and Teahupoo unless you're willing to do some rugged two-day hiking.




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ITINERARIES

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MAP OF THE FALLS



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TRIP REPORTS

For more information about our experiences with this waterfall, check out the following travel stories.




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TRIP PLANNING RESOURCES




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NEARBY WATERFALLS




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