Afareaitu Waterfalls

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Wolf_W
Tucson, AZ110 contributions
Nice hike
Dec 2020
Nice hike, but expect lots of mosquitos! You should park at the school, as the road beyond is not in good condition. Trail condition is good, but wearing good shoes is recommended. Not a trail for flip flops. You will pass through the village and farms with bananas before entering an area with trees. Some signs for the trail were missing, but we fortunately had the map downloaded.
Written December 22, 2020
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danielle s
29 contributions
Rough
Oct 2020 • Couples
I read quite a few reviews that I felt like made this hike seem pretty easy. We went about 8am and parked at the school so we didn’t have to deal with any parking issues. You then walk through the neighborhood straight back for about a mile until you hit the jungle... it’s hot it’s humid and I swear no one has hiked that trail in a year. We had to climb over and under trees. My shoes tore my feet up. Like chewed them up and spit them out before we even got to the waterfall. Once you’re at the water fall or lack there of being that we had no rain on our trip. Be ready for the bugs. We sprayed ourselves down and then it was no problem. It is the jungle after all. Wear good shoes!!! I wore my water/hiking shoes and they are just not made for humidity lol 2.5 miles round trip.
Written October 4, 2020
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Mark J
14 contributions
Great stop!!!
Mar 2020
Ok this did have me a bit concerned. The road gets increasingly rural shall we say. Evenutally it peters out in the jungle, but not to worry out jumps a half clothed crazy looking native with about as many teeth as the front row of a Willie Nelson concert. Welcome to my property he tellls you as he motions toward the jungle. Then he asks for 2 bucks for parking. He seems to be living under a nearby tree and has a some jungle fruit ripening in the sun. He points out the direction to each of the two falls with an explination that its 10 min to that falls, and 1 hour to that falls. We set off hoping we see our car again when we return. Ok ladies, and Californians, no filp flops, you need decent shoes, or none as I catch glimpses of our shoeless "owner" is paralleling us through the jungle. You will cross the river several times. Some rocks are slippery. There was also that one flat rock you pull yourself up by a knotted rope. And the steep mud section that was very slippery and appeared to double as a stream bed in the rain. Well worth it. Consider bringing a swim suit. The pool at the base would make a nice dip after a hot walk, assuming no falling rock. If you plan to stop moving on the trail and use deet, bring some, it is the jungle. Lot of great flowers an fruit along the way.
So we returned and our car was safe an sound, the "owner" was parralleling us in the jungle to pick us some fresh lychees which he gave us on our return.
Enjoy
Written March 12, 2020
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Jonty19
London, UK8 contributions
Great short walk to a cool little waterfall
Feb 2020 • Couples
This is a great use of an hour or two in the morning before it gets too hot. The track takes you to these beautiful falls, do not expect torrents of gushing water falling from hundreds of metres. Best to wait until after a rainfall (as other reviews have mentioned) and you will see a solid stream falling from I would guess 10-15 metres.

Directions: much has been made, in previous reviews, of how hard these falls are to find - but they don't need to be. We used Google maps (downloaded in advance so we could use it while offline), this took us easily to the turnoff the main road when we typed in the falls as the destination. Travel up this road 300m or so and I would recommend parking at the soccer field / gymnasium building - beyond this the road becomes rutted and parking is limited as there are many private residences up this road. Besides, it only takes 10 minutes to walk last section of road to the beginning of the track. Basically keep heading straight up this road, without deviating off at any forks or private driveways (if you see signs that mention "privé", this is a private road/driveway so do not take it) and it will become less of a road and more of a 4x4 road / track. After this point, keep following uphill for say another 10 mins and you will see a couple of trees with RED ARROWS pointing to a smaller track to the right. Leave the 4x4 track and follow the arrows on this smaller track which will take you to the falls in another 10 minutes.

Be prepared to be heading uphill for most of the journey there (so take some water) and also you will have to climb over a log or two and duck under some fallen trees and branches. There are also a couple of bits where you need to rock hop over a very small amount of shallow running water to keep your feet dry. This is very straight forward and should not worry anyone (these may well be dried up if there has not been much rain).

Total time from the gymnasium / soccer field to the falls: 30-35 mins up and then 20-25 mins downhill back
Written February 17, 2020
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Mary D
16 contributions
Love these Falls!
Dec 2019 • Couples
One of my favorite things to do in Moorea is a hike to these falls, especially after a heavy rain. Lush hike, gorgeous falls With beautiful pools you can wade in at the bottom of the falls. Be careful though, the rocks are slippery. Hike even if it rains. It’s an easy, well marked trail and light rain should never stop you,
Written January 10, 2020
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Kendra B
Charlotte, NC178 contributions
Refreshing secluded waterfall
Dec 2019
Great secluded waterfall that was refreshing and cool. The pool isn't deep, but it is still nice for swimming. One thing to note, on google maps it says you can drive much farther than is actually possible without a really good four wheel drive vehicle, but it doesn't add to much distane to the hike.
Written January 1, 2020
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TahitiTravels
New York City, NY6 contributions
Unless it is the heavy rainny season
Sep 2019
Not much of a waterfall during the winter months.... Still a nice hike but dont to it for the waterfall or you will be very disappointed!
Written November 13, 2019
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BS0612
Gilbert, AZ51 contributions
Beautiful falls!
Oct 2019 • Couples
Google maps easily got us to the vicinity. We decided we would park at the sign reading "private property" referenced in other posts. However, a local stopped as we were hosing ourselves down with insect repellent and told us to drive further down the road to the fork. A prior review also references the fork with goats grazing and a sign - this is the spot.
The hike was with a slight incline and fairly easy. However, there had been no recent rain so it was not slippery. I would recommend sturdy shoes and one does have to be able to climb over or under fallen limbs in the path.
If there has been no rain, do not expect to see it as most photos portray the falls. For me, it was worth it.
Written October 28, 2019
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Jean-luc V
Tahiti, French Polynesia23 contributions
Short walk, great water, hard to find
Aug 2019 • Family
We visited the cascade with some friends and kids age 6 to 10.
Finding the cascade was really hard. Coming from the port, after the pharmacy (200m) take a right after the second bridge. Drive up the hill (1.5km) until the last house, no 4x4 needed (we where in a dacia logan).
We then took a 20min walk up hill through a rough path to reach the cascade.
We enjoyed the "small pool" where you can do some swiming and enjoy a small picnic
Took us a total of 1h-1h30min in total.

Nice hike out in moorea
Written August 21, 2019
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hannahw1992
Arenzville, IL74 contributions
Short hike
Jun 2019
This waterfall was incredibly mediocre compared to what we've seen in Hawaii, but if you want to get out and get some exercise it is still worth the short hike. It took us about 45 minutes each way. Do not let your GPS fool you- you cannot drive up to the waterfall. We parked at a restaurant across the street from the main road that goes around the island. Part of the hike is walking up the very bumpy road that leads up to the trail (you CANNOT take a small rental on this road- it is far too rough and no where to park at the end). Just the walk along the road is nice because locals passing by greet you (we were given a couple of bananas by a local passing by, which was a life saver). Make sure you take plenty of water and WEAR STURDY SHOES! Keens are preferred, you cannot wear flip flops as the trail has a lot of roots and rocks and is not at all smooth. Watery spots along the way will get your feet wet. We saw another couple passing by holding their cheap reef shoes and walking barefoot- I assume they were blistering their feet. You can swim in the waterfall but we went in June and the water was FREEZING.
Written August 8, 2019
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