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“Absolutely beautiful - The Grotte De Maraa - Papeete” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Maraa Grotto

Maraa Grotto
French Polynesia
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Ranked #13 of 19 attractions in Tahiti
Type: Caverns/ Caves
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Owner description: This grotto features a lake of black water that creates an optical illusion - the cave appears much smaller than it actually is.
Sydney, Australia
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“Absolutely beautiful - The Grotte De Maraa - Papeete”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2012

This beautiful Grotto was part of our bus tour around the island and its so peaceful and quite. The water is crystal clear and very inviting and we were told because it was so clear that the actual depth is deceptive but inviting all the same. We were advised that Paul Gaugain used to go and swim there and that whilst he was there none of the locals would swim in it as it was well known that he had syphilis. The grotto appears to be quite deep in its depth to the rear of the cave and would have loved to have had a torch to see just how far it did go back. The mouth of the grotto is very high and is covered in a type of long stemed fish-fern which makes it look all the more beautiful and whilst we were there it was continually dripping water from the ferns above. The area is very lush in the tropical vegetation as you would expect to find in Tahiti and is really a place that should not be missed if you happen to get the opportunity to go there.

Visited October 2012
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“Half Day Tahiti Island Tour with Dave's VIP Tours”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2012

We took a half day tour of Tahiti with Dave's VIP Tours. Dave, an American, who has lived on the island for 23 years was excellent. He was very knowledge of the history of French Polynesia and specifically Tahiti as well as the sights we visited. We visited the Maraa Grotto Cave, the Paul Gauguin Museum, the Faaruumai Waterfall (very Impressive fall), the Blowhole and Point Venus (lighthouse and monuments). Would highly recommend a tour with Dave.

Visited September 2012
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