Discover the pristine natural beauty of Raiatea along the same route used by New Zealand's Maohi settlers during this scenic kayak adventure on the Fa'aroa River.
From the pier, it's a 30-minute drive to the Fa'aroa River, French Polynesia's only navigable river. Upon arrival, you will receive your safety instructions and equipment and then embark your two-person kayak. Led by your guide, you will begin your journey by paddling from Raiatea's fjord-like inlet, or Fa'aroa Gorge, to the scenic Fa'aroa River. Along the way, you will find the steep river walls to be lush with jungle foliage, and home to diverse species of birds and wild hibiscus trees, or purau, growing along the sheer cliffs of the rainforest.
After approximately 2-hours of paddling, you'll return to shore and transfer back to the pier in Raiatea.
Please note: This tour includes limited walking, but involves moderate to strenuous activity in the kayak. Guests must know how to swim and be in good physical condition. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns, and not recommended for anyone with back and/or neck problems. Swimwear worn under a cover-up; sun cap; sunglasses; biodegradable sunscreen; towel; and flat comfortable shoes that can get wet are recommended. Participants must be at least 12 years of age, and weigh less than 220 pounds. Children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult parent or guardian. You will be required to follow your guide and wear your lifejacket at all times. A small waterproof bag will be available on board the kayak to store your small items. The kayaks are double-occupancy and will be shared.