Haamaremare Iti and Haamaremare Rahi Waterfalls

Faarumai, Tahiti Island, French Polynesia

About Haamaremare Iti and Haamaremare Rahi Waterfalls


Hiking Distance: 1.2km round trip
Suggested Time: 45-60 minutes

Date first visited: 2012-12-15
Date last visited: 2012-12-15

Waterfall Latitude: -17.53939
Waterfall Longitude: -149.40105

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The Haamaremare Iti and Haamaremare Rahi Waterfalls comprise the other two of the three Faarumai Waterfalls.

These were essentially dual waterfalls almost falling side by side each other.

Faarumai_Waterfalls_060_20121215 - Looking up at the Haamaremare Rahi (left) and the Haamaremare Iti (right) waterfalls, which made up two-thirds of the Faarumai Waterfalls
Looking up at the Haamaremare Rahi (left) and the Haamaremare Iti (right) waterfalls, which made up two-thirds of the Faarumai Waterfalls

That said, they were spaced out far enough apart that showing them together in a single shot is as difficult as the awkward angled photograph you see above.

A History of Closure

Typically, I’d put all three of the Faarumai waterfalls on the same page, but both times I’ve been here, the access trail for the last two falls had been taped off and closed.

It was only after doing a little act of rebellion and seeing what was beyond the tape barricades on the second time visit did I realize that they closed the trail due to at least one of the bridges not being finished.

However, it was possible for me (and another couple who did likewise) to see both waterfalls despite this bit of unfinished business.

So given such uncertainty to its sanctioned visitation, I just decided to keep this page separate.

Which Waterfall is Which?

Faarumai_Waterfalls_063_20121215 - Direct look at what I believe to be the Haamaremare Iti Waterfall
Direct look at what I believe to be the Haamaremare Iti Waterfall

While we’re on the topic of uncertainty, there was some of that (in my mind at least) regarding whether I’ve correctly spelled the names of these waterfalls or whether I’ve correctly referenced the individual waterfalls themselves.

You see, our 2002 LP book spelled these waterfalls as Haamarere Iti and Haamarere Rahi.

However, I’ve basically gone with the spelling in our 2007 edition of Moon’s Tahiti.

I’d certainly welcome someone who’s familiar with the Tahitian language to set the record straight on this one.

As for which waterfall is Haamaremare Iti and which one is Haamaremare Rahi, I’ve gone by the convention that the last waterfall on the trail gets the “Rahi” adjective.

Faarumai_Waterfalls_070_20121215 - Direct look at what I believe to be the Haamaremare Rahi Waterfall
Direct look at what I believe to be the Haamaremare Rahi Waterfall

Meanwhile the “Iti”, which I believe is the Tahitian for “little”, adjective goes to the thinner but taller waterfall seen before it.

Thus, what I’m calling Haamaremare Iti was basically a taller but more slender sloping cascade that was very easily seen from a footbridge spanning its stream.

I’m sure there were additional tiers above the visible ones seen from the trail, but without being able to see its whole context in one go (hard to do given its twisting nature), it would all be speculation.

What I’m calling Haamaremare Rahi was a shorter but much thicker and prettier waterfall (in my opinion) spilling into a plunge pool that looked very inviting for a swim.

The only caveat with swimming in this pool was that it was practically surrounded by steep vertical cliffs, which meant that it would be prone to rock slides.

Faarumai_Waterfalls_077_20121215 - The plunge pool at the base of Haamaremare Rahi
The plunge pool at the base of Haamaremare Rahi

During my 2012 visit, it was the bridge just before reaching the base of Haamaremare Rahi that was unfinished.

However, I had little trouble wading across the thigh-deep stream to access this waterfall’s misty base.

The only thing keeping me from spending more time at this waterfall than I did was the presence of annoying little gnats that were swarming around me as I took photos.

From looking at the two waterfalls together, I suspect that they both come from the same stream.

I think somewhere along the way, the main stream split into what appeared to be the two waterfalls pictured on this page.

If this is true, then I suppose you could argue that it really counts as one waterfall instead of two.

Faarumai_Waterfalls_065_20121215 - The unfinished bridge leading to the base of the Haamaremare Rahi Waterfall
The unfinished bridge leading to the base of the Haamaremare Rahi Waterfall

In fact, I thought I was able to see the merged upper tiers of these falls from the approach on the access road!

Exercising Judgment When Visiting Haamaremare Iti and Haamaremare Rahi Waterfalls

But semantics aside, I definitely found it worth my while to spend the extra 20 or 25 minutes each way to hike to both the Haamaremare Iti and Haamaremare Rahi Waterfalls.

The trail was neither as well-used nor as flat as that of Vaimahutu Falls.

In fact, it had some slight elevation gain with steps and minor slopes while crossing over two bridges (one in front of each waterfall).

Faarumai_Waterfalls_009_20121215 - The closure barricades fronting the spur trail leading to both the Haamaremare Rahi and Haamaremare Iti Waterfalls
The closure barricades fronting the spur trail leading to both the Haamaremare Rahi and Haamaremare Iti Waterfalls

However, it was still pretty straightforward to do the hike, and the only reason why they didn’t seem to be as well-visited was the trail closure.

Given that I was 0 for 2 over a span of 10 years in seeing this trail when it was supposed to be open, it made me wonder whether those bridges tend to get washed out very easily thereby closing the trail (to try to repair or rebuild those bridges).

Well whatever the case, in my mind, it seems reasonable to see both falls despite the closure infrastructure.

It’s just that good judgment would be required if the bridges weren’t finished and it would also be required when crossing the streams.

Faarumai_Waterfalls_091_20121215 - Context of both the Haamaremare Rahi and Haamaremare Iti Waterfalls seen through some thick foliage
Context of both the Haamaremare Rahi and Haamaremare Iti Waterfalls seen through some thick foliage

The same respect for the hazards here should also be observed when swimming at Haamaremare Rahi (I doubt Haamaremare Iti would be big or deep enough for swimming).

Authorities

The Haamaremare Rahi and Haamaremare Iti Waterfalls were on Tahiti Island in Tahiti (or more formally French Polynesia). For information or inquiries about this area as well as current conditions, visit the Tahiti Tourism website or their Facebook page.

Faarumai_Waterfalls_093_20121215 - Looking towards the arched bridge that I think crossed over the stream where the streams for Haamaremare Rahi and Haamaremare Iti re-merged into a singular stream
Faarumai_Waterfalls_008_20121215 - Going over the arched bridge, which was near the spur trail leading to Haamaremare Rahi and Haamaremare Iti Waterfalls
Faarumai_Waterfalls_048_20121215 - The trail beyond the short uphill past the closure tapes leading to Haamaremare Rahi and Haamaremare Iti
Faarumai_Waterfalls_049_20121215 - Trail still looked pretty well-developed and benign at this point of the route to the Haamaremare Rahi and Haamaremare Iti Waterfalls
Faarumai_Waterfalls_050_20121215 - Trail briefly hugs the stream before climbing briefly again en route to the Haamaremare Rahi and Haamaremare Iti Waterfalls
Faarumai_Waterfalls_051_20121215 - The last bit of climbing en route to Haamaremare Rahi and Haamaremare Iti Waterfalls was noticeably long but not too bad
Faarumai_Waterfalls_056_20121215 - The bridge leading to Haamaremare Rahi, but it also fronted the Haamaremare Iti Waterfall
Faarumai_Waterfalls_054_20121215 - First look at the Haamaremare Iti Waterfall
Faarumai_Waterfalls_076_20121215 - Focused look at the Haamaremare Rahi Waterfall
Faarumai_Waterfalls_081_20121215 - Last clean look at Haamaremare Rahi when I briefly walked up to the edge of its inviting plunge pool
Faarumai_Waterfalls_083_20121215 - Final clean look at Haamaremare Iti Waterfall on the way back to the trailhead

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The Haamaremare Rahi and Haamaremare Iti Waterfalls share the same trailhead as that of Vaimahutu Falls.

So see that page for directions.

Faarumai_Waterfalls_004_20121215 - The car park for the Faarumai Waterfalls, including Haamaremare Rahi and Haamaremare Iti
The car park for the Faarumai Waterfalls, including Haamaremare Rahi and Haamaremare Iti

The trail branches off from the Vaimahutu Falls trail to the left shortly after the arched bridge.

For context, the trailhead was about 25km east of the main part of Papeete or 36km east of Puna’auia (where we were staying).

Top down sweep of Haamaremare Iti Waterfall then panning over to a bottom up sweep of Haamaremare Rahi Waterfall hidden behind foliage


Triangular sweep panning downwards at Haamaremare Rahi then panning upwards at Haamaremare Iti


Right to left sweep starting with the unfinished bridge then panning up at the falls itself


Top down sweep of just the Haamarere Rahi Falls (LP spelling)


Another right to left sweep (but quicker) along the stream before panning slowly upwards at the falls itself


Slow and deliberate top down sweep of the falls


The Arohoho Blowhole doing its thing

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