Overseas Walks: Walking to waterfalls, water falls and more waterfalls
Tahiti and its neighbouring island of Moorea have mountains, sheer cliffs and tropical rainfall - perfect recipe for waterfalls.
You might see a trickle splayed out against the rocks. Or marvel at a high majestic fall, powering down into a pool. Often it’s a generous gush frothing over boulders or just a skinny sliver of water trickling down a cliff.
Walk up any river and you’ll find a waterfall. Or two. Or three. But the vegetation is dense, tracks are not well-formed, there’s virtually no signage. So you’re advised to take a guide.
Which is why we’re with Yvette – small, dynamic and colourful in her orange pareo. With Polynesian, Chinese and French background, Yvette established her guiding company two years ago after studying tourism in the south of France and then working in the restaurant and hotel industry back in French Polynesia.
She runs her company with gusto –
Above: Looking down from the Belvedere Lookout with Opunohu Bay to the left and Cooks Bay on the right with Mount Rotui in the middle. Left: We climb a stone staircase.