Board a typical motorized Polynesian outrigger canoe and glide on deep blue waters towards the east coast of the island. You’ll travel upstream on the only navigable river in the Society Islands -- the Faaroa River. Along the way, the steep riverbanks are clad in lush with jungle foliage and are home to a diverse range of bird species. Wild hibiscus trees (purau) grow along the sheer cliffs at the edge of the rain forest. Pass some villages en route -- a chance to observe the daily life of the inhabitants. Leaving the river, you will transfer to a small motu, or islet, where you will have time to enjoy the warm sea water and relax in the sun.Notes:Wear your swimsuit under your clothing; bring a towel, biodegradable sunscreen and a hat. At the beach, participants must hop out of the canoe using a side ladder and wade a few yards in shallow water to reach the shore.
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Customer Reviews for Faaroa River & Motu Beach Break
Review 1 for Faaroa River & Motu Beach Break
Not Worth My Time
Date:March 20, 2015
Cruise Date Year:2015
Cruise Date Month:March
Would you recommend this product to a friend? No
The ride on the river was long and hot. The guide talked about himself and how he disdained work and money. How does he think we all got there? On the Motu, they served drinks & snacks and had a restroom. If you don't have water shoes, it is difficult to get over the shells to get in the water. You can use flip flops instead because they stay on your feet in these waters. I would try another excursion at this port. Not much to do in Uturoa town, but there is an excellent dance show and some shopping right at the port.
The actual river time was pretty short but the scenery was very pretty and we stopped to buy fruit from the natives. The Motu for swimming was very nice and there was a lot of time there. Easy swimming in the area.
Boarding an outrigger canoe we headed to the Faafoa River and started our cruise up it. Very lush greenery and saw a couple of local women fishing which loved getting their picture taken. Stopped at a very private motu for a light snack and some swimming. Can't emphasis enough how warm and wonderful the water felt. My husband had to drag me out of the water. Water around the island was very shallow and you could walk forever in it.
The part of the excursion up the Faaroa River was actually the least interesting part -- it was just a slow trip up a muddy and not especially picturesque river. The rest of the trip, however, was much better.
We were taken in a large, motorized outrigger canoe. Our seats were quite close to the bow, where the boat narrowed, so it was a little squishy, but seats further back looked comfortable enough. The trip to the river was along the coast of Raiatea, a stunningly beautiful island. The excursion would have been worth the price just for that, but after visiting the river we were taken to a motu (a small island). The motu was actually a public park, although no one else was there when we visited. The motu was a perfect tropical paradise, with white, soft, sandy beaches, warm turquoise water, and coconut trees hanging over the ocean. You may have seen tropical photographs so beautiful and enticing that you wonder where on Earth such places existed. The motu we visited on thus excursion was just such a place. After we splashed around in the water for a while, we were offered tropical fruit and soft drinks for a snack.
Our visit to the motu, and the beautiful scenery of Raiatea, made this excursion one of the best I have ever taken.