Tahiti is not a bathing or beach paradise. Apart from the international airport it is mainly the inland with its craggy mountain peaks and tropical vegetation which is a paradise for every hiker. There are several day trips near Papeete through jungle-like forests with waterfalls and to the over 2.000 m high volcanic mountains. The Fautaua valley also provides the drinking water for the capital. Initially the hike leads on flat terrain to the bridge but continues steep and slippery up to the Cascade.
In the beginning it is a wide trail and as you would expect leads through dense tropical forest. Be careful at some places it can be dangerous because of falling rocks. The guide explains a variety of plants and edible fruits. The large pear-shaped fruit is Pacaya (photo). After 1 hour we cross the bridge to the other side of the stream. Here the flat and wide trail ends and continues uphill over tree roots in serpentines on a narrow slippery path. Especially after rain the trail can be very slippery and walking sticks are beneficial. After one hour we reach the Mirador on the 130 m high waterfall Fautaua. On the map this waterfall appears as “Cascade de Loti”. For us the tour ends here even though the trail continues. We only spent 15 minutes for lunch before we take the same route back.