Tahiti, Garden of Eden

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Tahiti has been a popular travel destination for decades. The coastline has been the image of paradise since the first palm tree grew on its beach. We all know of its cover photo quality beaches but I’m here to tell you that the interior of the island shouldn’t be missed either. The island was spawned from two volcanos which created Tahiti Nui, the larger land mass, and Tahiti Iti. The volcanos are now dormant and the flowing lava have been replaced by flowing waterfalls. If you wish to see this “Garden of Eden,” I don’t recommend you take your typical rental car.

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the road

The road is unpaved and filled with millions of pot holes as the low clinging clouds often produce rain. In fact, I suggest you take a 4×4 tour which runs half day or the full day tours which will take you from the north end of Tahiti Nui to the southern end.

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This Eden is a lush jungle filled with flowers, tall trees, rivers and of course waterfalls. Take your camera, your go pro, swim wear, and most importantly take mosquito repellant. These insects can number in the dozens in certain areas, specifically tourist stops. The tour well take you from the paved coastal highway through the rugged road that will take you into the valley, which is the crater of the volcano. You’ll be treated to multiple stops to admire the beauty of the valley and its many waterfalls.

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riverswim

The tours also include a short swim in the river. The fresh waters of Tahiti are known to be home for fresh water eels but the spot we swam at didn’t have any. At least, that’s what we were told. I didn’t see any and I think the current keeps them from living in the rivers. I was told they’re more likely to live in pools, including the pools under waterfalls.

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This “Garden of Eden” should definitely be on your itinerary. I was so amazed by the experience, I would’ve done it again. And in retrospect, it was my favorite part of my Tahiti experience.