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Mark Moxon's Travel Writing

French Polynesia: Bushwalking in Tahiti

The interior of Tahiti from Papeete
Looking towards the interior of Tahiti

On a whim, I decided to spend the afternoon of trying to get to the houses above Tahiti, from where I imagined the view would be something special; the problem was, the only map we had of Tahiti was over ten years old, and it stopped short of what was obviously a relatively new housing development. This didn't deter me, and after striking out from Papeete towards the interior, I discovered a road that I assumed would take me into the mountains. Of course, it did nothing of the sort, and instead it led up a valley, following the River Tipaerui up the Vallée Tipaerui, heading towards the mountains of the interior rather than the hills of the coast.

Mark taking a break in Vallée Tipaerui
Taking a break in Vallée Tipaerui
Sandfly Falls
Sandfly Falls