In the Society Islands and the Marquesas Islands, with peaks and ridges between 1 000 and 2 000m altitude near the ocean, the contrast between land and sea creates striking landscapes. Le Diadem is a peak in Tahiti, clearly visible from the plain of the Pirae district, whose shape is reminiscent of a jewel in the form of a half-crown. The Tahitian name is “Te Hena O Mai’ao”…
- Waterfalls and rivers
Waterfalls are nestled in the valley bottoms of volcanic islands; the most spectacular ones are in Tahiti and Nuku Hiva.
- Gardens and historical sites
A recent proactive government policy encouraged the creation or rehabilitation of landscaped gardens such as peaceful Paofai Gardens on the capital’s waterfront, while historic buildings such as the Papeete market are vibrant institutions that are worth visiting.
- Sacred sites
The Islands of Tahiti hold many places with Mana, or sacred energy. Mana is a lifeforce and spirit that surrounds us. Taputapuatea in Raiatea is the epicenter of several ancient marae. Protestant temples and Catholic churches have also integrated the religious landscape with intricate stone, mother-of-pearl or coral details.