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“Tahiti circle island”
Review of Marama Tours

Marama Tours
Ranked #14 of 45 Outdoor Activities in Tahiti
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Tahiti is the ultimate escape … Here are some of the excursions and activities you can enjoy in French Polynesia. ● Circle Island Tour ● 4X4 Mountain Safari Marama Tours offers one of the largest, newest and most comfortable air-conditioned fleets in Tahiti.
Baltimore
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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“Tahiti circle island”
Reviewed February 10, 2013

Four of us were picked up at our hotel by Bernie of Maramar Tours (michael.faye@maramartours.pf and www.maramartours.com ) for a private, full day circle island tour. We had several recommendations for guides but Michael Faye was the most responsive and had a reasonable price. Several of our other contacts never replied to our email inquiries and the others quoted outrageous prices. The tour is actually about five or six hours but we were able to see the entire island including Tahiti Iti. Our guide was extremely well versed in just about everything there was to know about Tahiti from the history, the flora & fauna and the many scenic places to visit. I think we hit them all. Be sure to stop at Point Venus. This overlooks the bay where Captain Cook set up camp as well as where Captain Bligh anchored the HMS Bounty. We went on a short nature trail up to a beautiful waterfall. We saw a blow hole along the shore as well as breadfruit trees and many birds. We stopped at the Paul Gauguin Museum but it was closed for renovations. I must say, however, it is not a very impressive place and we were told that none of the Gauguin paintings are there so I don’t feel bad about missing it.

While Tahiti is a tropical island paradise, it is one of the larger islands and is fairly heavily populated having about 175,000 people. They have a fairly good infrastructure but the local traffic is very heavy especially at rush hours. There are some new and modern buildings in the environs of Papeete but the city is getting kind of “tired” looking. The world economic slowdown has taken its toll here.

All in all, the tour was excellent and our guide was very knowledgable and pleasant.

Visited January 2013
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Coffs Harbour, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“4 x 4 MOUNTAIN SAFARI Half Day”
Reviewed December 11, 2012

My wife and I were picked up from our hotel, and driven at a rather fast speed on the main road that goes around the Island, clinging on in the back of the canopy covered open vehicle, which had two rows of parallel seats. We eventually turned off onto a potholed road to head up the valley, where the driver seemed to often aim for the holes rather than miss them. The views were of lush mountainous greenery, with the occasional small waterfall visible. Finally, after a few stops, we reached a somewhat difficult to enter pool, with a sharp pebble "beach" entry. After a quick dip from some of the participants, it was straight back at cling on speed to our hotel. Our guide was unable to answer some of our questions.
Because I have only just received advice as to how to access this site (after several emails and an apology from TripAdvisor), this trip was made in mid June, and hopefully things may have changed for the better.
There was absolutely no need for a 4WD vehicle, and some of the other tours were running 2WD vehicles,as the terrain was not at all "Safari" like. It was all on a reasonable surface (apart from potholes!)

Visited June 2012
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Boston
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66 reviews
19 attraction reviews
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“Marama 4 x 4 1/2 day safari”
Reviewed December 10, 2012

We booked this tour at the tour desk at the IC Tahiti during a 2 day pre stay before our Paul Gauguin Cruise. The woman staffing the desk was a real character, with her bejeweled pup occupying the client seats on a tuffet, so that we had to stand by the desk and make arrangements while she and the pampered pooch enjoyed the seats. We booked the morning of the tour and had no problem being accommodated, except that shortly after we booked a morning tour, we were told that we would have to depart in the afternoon because the jeep needed a tire repair. This was fine as we had no plans for the day and better that the vehicle is in proper repair!
Our driver was polite and spoke English well enough to narrate, but not quite well enough to answer unexpected questions. Luckily, he was already sharing lots of good information and knew his stuff, so we didn't need to ask too many and secondly, the other couple on tour with us were bilingual and would translate our questions. Generally, I understand enough French to know what he was answering without translation, but not enough to ask the questions!! So we were fortunate, because I like to ask questions! But the scenery and provided information was enough for us to enjoy this tour.
We drove along the roads to the east coast of Tahiti and the Papenoo Valley. We made a brief stop is at One Tree Hill with a view of Matavai Bay where we picked up another lady from a French Caribbean Island; not sure whether that was a planned pick up or she sort of just saw the tour and requested to come along!
After driving on the main roads along the coast we turned off onto the dirt roads along the Papenoo river. This road which appears to mainly be an access road for a hydro power plant, it took us into the heart of Tahiti where you can see numerous waterfalls and volcano/mountain views. These are so stunning! We also saw a few marae (local ancient temples); several that still had items left by people who worship there.

The trip was rough but in a fun way! We did stop at one falls and were able to take a quick swim in the pool. To get to the pool you need to hike a narrow path and hold onto a knotted rope to scale the rock sides of the pool. You will want to wear reef sandals to swim in the pools and falls. Since we were the afternoon tour, the sun was starting to set and it was cool, so we made it a quick dip! There is a natural rock "slide" which one in our group tried, it looked very slick and fun, but seemed too risky for us to try with so much vacation still ahead of us!

We returned driving pretty quickly back down all the roads we had scaled, and onto the main road just as the sun was setting at 6 PM. The peek a boo views of Moorea from the coastal road were lovely, but bring something warm to wear in the open jeep, as it was cool traveling that quickly as the sun was setting. Also, we encountered a few small biting bugs at some of the falls and temples, so bring some repellent as well as a warm cover up for the trip home.

This half day tour exposed us to the beautiful interior of Tahiti and for that reason we really loved it. The booking agent experience was just ok, but the little dog didn't join us on the tour, so it was all good!

Visited October 2012
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Sydney, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
33 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“Good service”
Reviewed November 11, 2012

During our stop-overs in Tahiti, Marama Tours handled our airport transfers to & from our hotel, during both our inbound trip to Bora Bora, and our outbound trip. Their service was excellent. They're well organised & everything went off smoothly & without worry. Highly recommend this company if you are travelling through Papeete.

Visited August 2012
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Roseville, California
Level 6 Contributor
102 reviews
14 attraction reviews
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“Great experience with Michael Faye of Marama Tours”
Reviewed October 6, 2012

We arranged a half day tour of the interior of the island before we left the states. Michael Faye is the owner/manager whom we dealt with by e-mail. He could not have been nicer. When we were unable to go on the tour due to circumstances beyond our control, he was most gracious about refunding our trip money in full. He is a real class act-I don't think you can go wrong working with him and Marama Tours.

Visited September 2012
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