Faarumai Waterfalls, Arue
(4.2/5 based on 50+ reviews on the web)
Witness the rush of water at Faarumai Waterfalls, a picturesque waterfall located in the dense rainforest. Easily accessible by car or bicycle, a parking lot sits just a short walk from the waterfall itself. The falls cut through the volcanic rock and cascade into a pool, surrounded by magnificent trees, shrubs, and wildlife. Enjoy a picnic on the rocks surrounding the falls, or hike out into the wilderness to gain another perspective on the scenic and photogenic spot. Make sure to wear comfortable shoes, as the rocks surrounding the pool are slippery when wet. Our Arue family vacation planner makes visiting Faarumai Waterfalls and other Arue attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • We were able to take advantage of the site of the three waterfalls to the Valley of Faarumai, in Tiarei, in June 2015. It was a tourist Mecca frequented also by hikers who appreciate this beautiful walk in the shade of the trees and the freshness of waterfalls (mandatory mosquito protection). Unfortunately unusually torrential rains of December 2015 destroyed facilities and part of the homes below. For example, the brook that descends from the second waterfall has turned into a devastating torrent on 20 meters wide and two meters in height. In June 2016, the site was still the Kingdom of tracto-shovels that were there for repair. This site is a nice legend: has long, very long, lived there in a valley of Faarumai a large Royal family, the father was named Marurai, he was feared and respected by the entire district. He had a daughter named Fauai, it was the prettiest girl in Tiarei, but it couldn't talk to boys of his age because his father him forbade. It was a girl tapu (taboo), who approached without permission risked death. For this she was often sad. His voice had a distinctive sound, an indescribable sweetness, and when she sang in its moments of sadness, she drew the boys involuntarily. Fauai was barely 17 years old and she liked first of all it was walks in the Valley and river bathing. One day, she decided to go pick flowers in the Valley, his father made accompanied by guards at each of its outputs. She went looking for the motoi (Ylang-Ylang) and Mayor (fragrant fern). On the trail, she met a young man named Tua. The guards followed her at a distance. Tua took possession of the flowers that Fauai did by hand and runs away. Frightened, Fauai shouted, the guards pursued Tua, and the poor man was killed because he had broken the taboo. Fauai was very angry about what had happened and blamed himself for having shouted. Shortly after, his mother fell ill, and the Princess Faùai had to stay with her for days. The tahua (sorcerer) ordered to go pick medicinal plants to treat Chief Marurai's wife. And it was Fauai who was to travel in the Valley in order to harvest the necessary plants. In the Valley, although it was accompanied by two bodyguards, she met Ivi (lean), a young man of his age who introduced himself to her: O o Ivi vau! Te imi atoa nei to the i you raau No. u (I'm here, I'm also looking for medicinal plants). Fauai dragged him behind a Bush and made his acquaintance. She told the guards to stay away because she needed to gather a few moments. Fauai understood that Ivi wanted to drag her with him into the Valley, she accepted and they crept into the bushes. When the guards realized the disappearance of Fauai, they began looking for it. IVI was scared by the idea that they were prosecuted, also proposed to Fauai to separate from her, the Princess refused and he confessed his unhappy life because she was deprived of liberty. She tells him that she would accompany him in the Valley, she wanted to escape her tyrannical father. She said: E tapuni oe ia u, e eita taua e couldn't faahou! (You hide me, and we'll always be together). On these words Ivi revealed his secret to him and told him that he was the genius of the Valley and became a handsome young man. But the guards had approached and were going to catch them. -Faaea vau E na muri ia oe e tae noa atu i'll hopea. (I'll stay by your side no matter what) Then heard a deafening noise, it was water that flowed on the walls of the mountain. IVI and Fauai were covered, and they said since they live happily behind the waterfalls. These two waterfalls Haamaremare rahi and Haamaremare iti was named. The guards on the way back were also covered by water, this was the birth of the third waterfall named Vaimahuta. And since this valley is called Faarumai...
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  • We had read the reviews and seen pictures of this extraordinary site... Actually, the 1st waterfall is superb and the path that leads there, lined with lush vegetation, is really nice and easy access, because little steep and shaded. However, upon arrival at the waterfall, the vegetation seems to have been razed by any gear. Access to the other 2 waterfalls is closed and we, alas, could not take advantage of the beautiful vegetation that we saw on the photos of the authors who have commented on this site in 2015. What a pity. Whatever it is, if you love nature and if you have the time, do this little detour, it's worth even worth... And perhaps, in the meantime, access to the other 2 waterfalls will be - you it opened again?
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  • Great waterfall. Disappointment because we were unable to see that the first, the other two being always closed to the public. Beware of the mosquitos!
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