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Faaroa River

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, discover the lush vegetation of a tropical forest with wild hibiscus, purau trees, bamboo groves, Tahitian chestnut trees and much more. Leaving the river, you will transfer to a small motu, or island, where you will have time to enjoy the 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 beach.
Average Customer Rating:
4.333 out of 5
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3 out of 3(100%)reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
Customer Reviews for Faaroa River
Review 1 for Faaroa River
Overall Rating
4 out of 5
4 out of 5

More time on Motu than in the river

Date:November 8, 2013
GrannyJ
Location:Hartland, Mi
Cruise Date Year:2013
Cruise Date Month:October
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
Enjoyed it?
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
Value
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
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.
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
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1out of 1found this review helpful.
Review 2 for Faaroa River
Overall Rating
4 out of 5
4 out of 5

Very quiet island and warm water

Date:June 30, 2013
2013hunahe
Location:Auburn, CA
Cruise Date Year:2013
Cruise Date Month:April
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
Enjoyed it?
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
Value
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
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.
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
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2out of 2found this review helpful.
Review 3 for Faaroa River
Overall Rating
5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Date:September 11, 2011
PhilC
Location:Ottawa, Canada
Cruise Date Year:2011
Cruise Date Month:March
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
Enjoyed it?
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Value
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
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.
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
+23points
23out of 23found this review helpful.