Other Moorea Waterfalls

Moorea, Moorea Island, French Polynesia

About Other Moorea Waterfalls


Hiking Distance: roadside
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Date first visited: 2012-12-17
Date last visited: 2012-12-19

Waterfall Latitude: -17.50729
Waterfall Longitude: -149.77489

The Other Moorea Waterfalls besides the two main ones behind the town of Afareaitu are what I’m devoting this particular page for.

For all intents and purposes, I’ve spotted the majority of these waterfalls (most of which I’d imagine are ephemeral) on the east-facing slopes of the island of Moorea.

Tahiti_Moorea_Ferry_038_20121217 - Looking towards Moorea Island with some surprise ephemeral waterfalls tumbling behind Vaiare (the Moorea end of the ferry)
Looking towards Moorea Island with some surprise ephemeral waterfalls tumbling behind Vaiare (the Moorea end of the ferry)

However, there were a handful of light flowing waterfalls coming down the lower slopes of Mt Rotui and spilling towards Opunohu Bay, except we didn’t stop to photo those.

I recalled that on our first trip to Moorea in the Dry Season of 2002, we didn’t even notice most of these waterfalls.

So it could be that they are primarily Wet Season phenomena.

But whatever the case may be, I thought they’re worth noting since they do seem to add a little life to the sharp mountains of this island that is said to be older than the larger Tahiti Island.

Moorea_027_20121219 - Attractive waterfall seen somewhere between the Moorea airport and the ferry dock at Vaiare
Attractive waterfall seen somewhere between the Moorea airport and the ferry dock at Vaiare

Even with all that said, we might have visited the island under rather unusual circumstances.

This was because the remnants of Cyclone Evan (that apparently caused some major damage in Fiji) broke up and sent a good chunk of its moisture eastwards towards Tahiti!

The result was we got several consecutive days of torrential rains plus some lightning and thunder to boot!

Authorities

The waterfalls on this page are on Moorea Island in Tahiti (or more formally French Polynesia). For information or inquiries about this area as well as current conditions, visit the Moorea Tourism website.

Tahiti_Moorea_Ferry_029_20121217 - A group of waterfalls seen while approaching the dock at Vaiare
Moorea_028_20121219 - A closer look at the two-tiered falls between Vaiare and the airport
Moorea_041_20121219 - We spotted this waterfall near the Panorama de To'atea

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The waterfalls found on this page are on Moorea Island – particularly on the east side of the island between Afareaitu and the airport.

There were also some light-flowing waterfalls near Opunohu Bay, but we didn’t stop to photograph them.

It takes roughly 90 minutes to comfortably go around the entire island without stops and to slowly go around the potholes.

Most of the resorts are near the village of Papetoai on the northwest side of the island though there were a handful (like the Sofitel) near the airport at Maharepa on the northeast side of the island.

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