Maraa Grotto, Tahiti

3.8
#7 of 13 in Nature in Society Islands
Feel the cool air of Maraa Grotto, a small cave hidden in the thick forests. Take a dip in the small pond that lies at the cave's entrance, or pack a picnic to enjoy in the lush vegetation that surrounds its entrance. While easily accessible from the road, the cave has a secluded and evocative atmosphere, encouraging visitors to imagine the geological and ecological history of the island. Story has it that Impressionist painter Paul Gauguin enjoyed the waters here, so those interested in his work will be particularly appreciative of the natural features and atmosphere that inspired his later pieces. Put Maraa Grotto at the forefront of your travel plans using our Papeete online trip itinerary planner .
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  • If you can visit the gardens and caves, don't miss really are magnificent, even if you want to sunbathe in clean, fresh water. You have lavatories, souvenir shop and fruit.
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  • Nice, small grotto as seen on our island tour. Supposedly Paul Gaugin swam here and possibly Captain Cook got his fresh water from here -- both which may or may not be true. Yet, that makes for imagin...  more »
  • When driving around the island we stopped here. The grottos themselves are set in lush vegetation. A couple of the smaller ones have been fenced off as being potentially dangerous from rock slides, bu...  more »

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