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This grotto features a lake of black water that creates an optical illusion - the cave appears much smaller than it actually is.
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Reviewed 24 December 2017

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 imaginative local legend stories. My hubby and I...More

Thank TexasCatBird
Reviewed 2 December 2017

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, but the big grotto was being used by locals as a cool...More

Thank AntarcticBound
Reviewed 1 December 2017

We took a tour driving around the island and one of the stops was the Maraa Grotto. It is very large and cool which is appreciated in the warm weather with water drops dripping from the ceiling of the cave. It has fish swimming in...More

Reviewed 21 October 2017

Another “must see” stopping point on Tahitian tours. This is where Captain Cook found fresh water. It is a very picturesque cave with easy parking just off the main road. Good photography is possible and the waters are crystal clear. Worth a stop, with free...More

1  Thank Peter3152
Reviewed 25 August 2017 via mobile

We were travelling around the island and this was one of our final stops, we enjoyed the caves and getting some pics. Worth a stop if you are driving around.

Thank Zoe M
Reviewed 21 August 2017 via mobile

Really nice landscape and beautiful grotto, water is very cold but shouldn't be an excuse of not swimming. If you swim, go to the end of it even if it's dark, at the end is a small cave where u can seat.

1  Thank naybri
Reviewed 8 June 2017

This was such a nice stop, trails to different gardens, small waterfalls, a hidden grotto. Very cool under the trees and near the mountain waters. Relaxing and peaceful. Roosters walk around and gardens are lush. No fees to walk the gardens. Sufficient parking.

1  Thank SL21872
Reviewed 7 June 2017

A lovely stop if you are driving around the island - and a great spot for portraits! Parking is relatively minimal, but there's not a lot of traffic on that road.

Thank mistereks
Reviewed 8 March 2017

This site was right on the main road. Pull over and park in the small lot and walk through the site. There are two large grottos (a small, picturesque cave according to the web) to see. It’s a unique geological feature that you don’t get...More

1  Thank Curtis S
Reviewed 28 December 2016

Start looking for this attraction at about PK28 from Papeete as it’s not well signposted and you’ll be on it before you know. Parking is available on both sides of the road although not plentiful. If you need to use the pedestrian crossing, be careful...More

2  Thank Greg M
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