adventures in the south seas

Three days of outrigger paddling, snorkeling, hiking and lectures...

  • Moderate outrigger paddling on a crystalline lagoon.
  • Snorkeling on a coral reef and hiking in lush tropical valleys.
  • Field lectures and discussions of natural and cultural heritage of the islands
  • Lots of interaction with local inhabitants<
  • Great expedition for families
  • Three days; three nights hotel or pension

The Polynesian are well known as the greatest sea voyagers in history. They carried out these voyages on outrigger canoes perfectly designed to carry people efficiently over long distances. Today the Tahitians are the world champions of outrigger paddling. With this unique expedition we invite you to experience a part of Polynesian culture that has crossed from ancient times to the present. Moorea lies just across the Sea of the Moon from Tahiti and experienced tropical island travelers will tell you that it is the most beautiful island in the region, and possibly the world. It is a high oceanic island with an encircling barrier reef that is home to an amazing array of tropical fish and coral formations. It’s deeply eroded valleys are rimmed by magnificent peaks and cliffs, and the coral reef creates a wonderful calm lagoon, perfect for paddling and exploring. We will spend two days paddling and one day in between exploring ancient village sites in the beautiful Opunohu Valley. Our outriggers (in Tahitian called va'a) are state of the art racing canoes that we have outfitted for expeditions.

Suggested Itinerary
Day One

This morning, we will start out with a short visit to the UC Berkeley Research Station and the Atitia cultural center. After an introduction to paddling safety we will head west through the lagoon to a nice beach for a picnic lunch. After lunch we will paddle west along the north shore of Moorea, exploring along the way and finally to our pension for the night. Along the way we can visit the village of Papetoai, which has some nice historical and natural sites. BLD

Day Two

This day we will leave our canoes at our pension, pack a lunch, and go by van back around and into Opunohu Valley. The main focus of this day will be to explore this valley, talk plants and volcanic landscape, see some of the fantastic archaeological sites, and hike the valley from top to bottom. BL

Day Three

Today we will explore the motu – small coral reef islands – and paddle down the west coast of Moorea. Along the way we will see some spectacular views of the peaks in the interior. The lagoon in this stretch is very wide and often the surf pounding on the reef can be huge. We will stop along the way to have lunch and snorkel and to look for dolphins, and then finally end up at a wonderful little beach pension, run by a local family. BLD

Day Four

After breakfast we will provide a morning transfer to the airport.

Please contact us for pricing and more information about this expedition.

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