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You may actually prefer visiting Tahiti during its rainy season for the Fautaua Waterfall alone, as more rainwater makes the waterfall even more dramatic. Located in the verdant Fautaua Valley, this natural wonder's sparkling water cascades into a large pool. To reach the waterfall, you'll have to take a pretty arduous hike, which is probably best done with a tour group or guide (your hotel or vacation rental host should be able to provide information on local guides).

Many travelers say you won't regret the trek to the Fautaua Waterfall. Travelers say the scenic hike is part of the adventure, though some do note the trek is a bit steep in areas and the falls can be tough to find.

Bring along some insect repellent if you're prone to mosquito bites, since the pesky bugs are thick near the falls. If you decide to go it alone, you'll need to procure a permit from the Town Hall in Papeete for 645 French Polynesian francs (or $7). And when you purchase the permit, ask the attendant to point you in the right direction; the trailhead is located not far from downtown Papeete.

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#1 La Plage de Maui

The primary reason why so many Tahitian tourists flock to this stretch of shoreline is the sand: While many of the island's beaches boast a volcanic black hue, La Plage de Maui dazzles in pearly white. Located on Tahiti's southern shore, the clean, warm waters of the nearby lagoon are another draw – travelers say the water is unbelievably clear and the lagoon is shallow and calm. Meanwhile, the beach's snack bar serves up fresh seafood and is exceptionally popular among visitors. 

La Plage de Maui is about 40 miles southeast of Papeete, but once you get there you'll see why so many make the trip. Be sure to drive carefully as Tahitian roads (and commuters) can be unpredictable. 

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