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Natural Wonders, Free, Hiking Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend

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Faarumai Waterfalls, located in the village of Tiarei, is accessed by a short hike through the forest. There are actually three beautiful cascades to enjoy. The first is called Vaimahutu. If you walk for another 20 minutes or so, you reach the second and third falls, called Haamarere Iti and Haamarere Rahi, respectively. Recent visitors said the falls, at least the first one, are easily accessed and beautiful. Many say it's a not-to-miss sight. However, many warn of aggressive mosquitos and recommend wearing insect repellent.

Faarumai Falls sit close to Tahiti's north coast, about a 30-minute drive from Papeete via the island's main road. There is free parking and no fee to enjoy the falls.

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