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.
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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