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Gettin' crazy on a nature stroll.
Finding the fun on Tahiti and in Papeete is not very difficult! This wonderful island offers many unique and interesting activities to explore...
Take a quality round of 9 holes at French Polynesia's only golf course, check out the camping and touring opportunities, go horseback riding, or get a birds eye view full of fun on a flightseeing or helicopter tour.
This page is your ISLAND FUN guide to Tahiti! TST makes choosing your favorite island activity easy!
If you want MORE choices,
simply check out our other "To Do" pages: WATERSPORTS, ADVENTURES, RELAXATION, RECREATION & GAMES, or SHOPPING, SERVICES,
For activities of an urban nature, see our PAPEETE ACTIVITIES section now, or check the "WHAT TO SEE" section for lots of sightseeing and exploring ideas, touring, island attractions, and other interesting things to see and do!
Golfing on the island of Tahiti is limited to one golf course, but it's a great course!
It's called the OLIVIER BREAUD International Golf Course, and it's located
in the district of Atimaono, not far from the city of Papeete, right off the main road.
Playable by beginners as well as confirmed
pros, the quality of it's fairways and greens is rivaled only by it's beauty... it's home to many species of flowers and trees unique to Tahiti.
Playing a role in the charm of Tahiti, this is an established course that hosts the Tahiti International Open every year in July.
This tournament is part of the PGA Australia circuit, and is the venue of many top rated foreign golfers.
OLIVIER BREAUD INTERNATIONAL GOLF COURSE
PK 40, 2 - P.O. Box 12017 Papara- TAHITI
Phone- (689) 57.40.52 (office), / 57.40.32 (clubhouse and proshop), and / 57.43.41 (welcome service), Fax- (689) 57.49.68
Amenities include a club house and swimming pool open daily from 8:00
am to 4:00 pm. weekdays and 8:00 am - 5:00 on the weekends. Proshop, gas powered carts, restaurant, bar, locker rooms, showers, and driving
This 18 hole International golf course is a par 72, with a length of 6,950 yards for the pros, 6,550 for the men, and 6,370 yards for women. An admission fee is charged.
A special minibus is at your service for transfers to and from hotels.
Call (689) 57.40.32, or Fax (689) 57.49.68
Unfortunately, camping on Tahiti is rather limited, in contrast to popular (non local) opinion and desire... but there are some interesting choices for you if you're motivated.
The first consists of contacting one of the pensions in our "Where To Stay" section and asking them if it's allright to pitch your tent on their grounds... Not a true
form of camping, but you can use your tent and pretend...
Good ideas for campers: Bring your own tent and get permission from any landowners you happen to pitch your tent on their property BEFORE you do it...
This lovely little swimming hole is a stones throw from a camping area in the Papenoo Valley interior- Tahiti.
The other choice for camping is to go deep... There's limited, but wonderful camping within the island's steamy and mountainous interior and on the Tahiti- Iti peninsula. There are few "official tourist campgrounds" on Tahiti itself. In fact, to our knowledge, there are only two areas designated for tents (besides the pensions mentioned above)... and they are not easy to get to or find.
Here's the scoop: The 2 "campgrounds" we know of have designated places to build fires, good flat areas to pitch tents, and some basic facilities. The first one is in the Papenoo River Valley, and is only accessable via a road that takes a 4 wheel drive vehicle anywhere from 2 hours to 2 days to get to, depending on the weather and time of year.
The road itself is relatively easy to find... It's the only one that cuts through Tahiti's interior, and is well known. It starts and ends at Papenoo and Mataiea, respectively, depending on what direction you're coming from. (You can walk, but plan on a several kilometer hike up steep terrain...)
Enter from the Papenoo side to go up the valley to the campground. You'll eventually
get to an old archeological site and ancient village with a wonderful marea right on the campground. It's called FARE HAPE, and is well worth the trip
if you can make it... We'll maintained, with bathrooms, places to cook and
eat, info on history and the marae (in french), and some terrific places
The other campground is on Tahiti Iti, and what we know about it is limited: It's called Le Bon Jouir (meaning
"Good Orgasm"), and it's nearby a popular surfing spot. It is remote, quiet, and beautiful. There is a friendly & helpful family living there and running the place. Apparently, it's quite a trek/ boat ride to the nearest store,
so bring plenty of provisions.
Additional Notes about camping on Tahiti:
Feel the history at the FARE HAPE campground and Marae...
1) Apparently, there USED to be a good campground for years on the coast at PK 10.8 in Mahina called the HITI MAHANA BEACH CLUB, but it's no longer functioning due to ownership changes.
2) As for camping "in the wild", away from any campgrounds or facilities, its going to be a chore to get to those places, or at least a long hike...
If you do manage to find a good place, far away from any buildings, it's probably allright, but just remember, it's most likely owned
by some Tahitian family, somewhere, so be a good camper and leave no marks...)
YOU'LL PROBABLY NEED A GUIDE, HELP, AND/ OR 4X4 TO GET TO ANY OF THESE PLACES YOUR FIRST TIME- or just be really good at exploring, following nebulous directions and bad maps, or hiking long distances in the heat...
Our suggestion is to HIRE (or at least talk to) one of the hiking/ trekking trail guides or organizations listed in
our comprehensive Hiking, Climbing & Canyoning section, check in with the folks at Haururu, (info below),
or go to our ADVENTURES page and choose a 4x4 excursion for a fun day of exploration. Bring your gear, and if you like the way it feels, stay for a while...
98 707 Papenoo- TAHITI
Contacts: Noemi at (689) 78.89.73, Moeata at (689)78.99.95, Yves at (689(78.89.13,
or Alphonse at (689) 77.26.41, Fax is (689) 48.00.95
This non profit organization maintains the campgrounds on Tahiti and can
help you figure out the details on getting to them. It's something akin to a Tahitian cultural society...
They keep the wild places on Tahiti wild,
the maraes from getting trashed, and generally preserve the archeological
wonders and cultural identity of Tahiti as much as they can. We don't know
much more about this organization at the moment, but understand they also
may rent tents, supply guides, info, etc.
Eco & Cultural Touring
This section of activities includes basic, light, non-strenous, walking and bus or minivan touring ideas...
Activities include Eco/ nature or
botanical hiking tours, and basic island bus tours that include colorful descriptions of the cultural aspects and history of Tahiti.
Below is a list of qualified companies, organizations, and individuals that can help arrange an interesting day touring experience
for you on Tahiti:
GETTING SERIOUS ABOUT IT: For more serious, strenous, and longer hiking trips, trekking, climbing and exploring ideas, visit our Hiking, Climbing & Canyoning section on the adventures page now!
FOR CIRCLE ISLAND TOURING: We have a whole section dedicated to the many sights and tourist attractions on the road encircling Tahiti and going into Tahiti-iti: We call it the Circle Island Tours section. There's lots to see and learn, so take a visit now!
Tahiti Sun Travel Recommends:
PO. Box 20 999, 98 713 Papeete- TAHITI
Contact: Mr. Patrick CORDIER
Telephone (689) 83.29.29, Cell (689) 79.08.09
Fax (689) 76.05.99
E-MAIL & RESERVATIONS
Day touring and nature walks with long time Tahiti Resident Patrick Cordier.
Minimum 4, maximum- 20 persons.
His knowledge of the botanical, historical, and cultural aspects of the island make for excellent 1/2 day or full day excursions.
Also, guided 4x4 safari journeys through the heart of Tahiti and more involved hiking, trekking, lava tube exploration, & canyoning. See the hyperlinks for details!
SEE OUR DIRECT LINKING WEBSITE FOR ALL THE DETAILS!
TE FETIA O TE MAU MATO CLUB
PO. Box 9304, 98 715 Papeete- TAHITI
Telephone- (689) 43.04.64/ 77.02.22, Fax- (689) 43.04.64
Hikers association composed of many professionals offering different
outing levels. Hiking excursions organized in all the islands of the Society Archipelago.
ADVENTURE EAGLE TOURS (MINI BUS TOURS)
PO. Box 6719 - 98 702 Faa'a- Tahiti
Telephone- (689) 77.20.03
Air conditioned circle island mini bus tours of Tahiti. Minimum 2, maximum 8 passengers.
IAORA TAHITI ECO TOURS
PO. Box 6845, 98 702 Faa'a- TAHITI
Telephone- (689) 41.04.20/ 77.09.96, Fax- (689) 41.04.20
Trips are based on the themes of nature and the cultural history of our islands in the form of a series of lectures and fieldtrips or
self selected programs. Half and full day trips and topics include:Tahiti's
ancient culture, Adventures on Tahitis lagoon and coral reef, excursions
to the Fautaua waterfalls, birdwatching, and botanical touring. We
also tour the other Society Islands!
Circle Island Tours
The road encircling the big island of Tahiti and stretching out into either side of the Tahiti-Iti Peninsula is full of interesting sights to see, places to visit, and things
to explore. You can rent a vehicle and see the sights yourself or choose from several tour buses or mini vans, complete with guides.
Makes for a great day of exploration for one or the whole family or group!
Visit our "To See" / Sightseeing section now for comprehensive details!
Tahiti has a number of equestrian related organizations and horseback riding opportunities. We'll be adding details to this section when we get the chance, but for
now, here's the list:
CLUB EQUESTRE DE TAHITI
Pirae race track
PO. Box 444, 98 713 Papeete- TAHITI
Telephone- (689) 42.70.41/ 77.18.25, Fax- (689) 42.11.94
Open 6:00 -11:00am, and then 2-7 pm, Closed on Mondays
L'EPERON DE PIRAE
Pirae race track
PO. Box 52217, 98 716 Pirae- TAHITI
Telephone/ Fax- (689) 42.79.87
Open 7:00 -11:30am, and then 2-7 pm, Closed on Mondays
Pk 53, Papeari
PO. Box 16 392, 98 727 Papeari- TAHITI
Contact: Mr. Patrick CORDIER
Telephone (689) 57.51.00, Fax (689) 57.20.20
Open daily 9am- 4pm
PONEY CLUB OF TAHITI
Pirae race track
PO. Box 540, 98 728 Maharepa- MOOREA
Telephone- (689) 45.02.61/ 77.66.73, Fax- (689) 45.02.61
Open 8 am- 5:30 pm. Closed on Mondays.
Flightseeing/ Helicopter Tours
If you're fortunate enough to have the financial ability to partake in a helicopter tour of Tahiti, we highly recommend it. Although no TST member has experienced this activity, we have been told flying over Tahiti's
majestic and wild interior, with the island's magical blue colors of the Pacific surrounding, is indeed a treat worth experiencing!
There's lots of other things to do on Tahiti for fun! From tennis to volleyball to swimming, get the details on our special recreation page now!
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