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“the main road”(8 reviews)
“island tour”(4 reviews)
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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 4 weeks ago

Easy access from road with convienient cars parking. Plenty of interesting colorful plants and grottos themselves. Really nice to see!

Thank AnetaRa
Reviewed 8 August 2018

The Grotto is beautiful and an easy walk. So unexpected and a sheer cliff towering above. For that special photo the setting is superb. Something not to be missed.

Thank Barbara S
Reviewed 25 April 2018

Small grottoes that are formed by water dripping through faults in the rock formation that falls in a continual rainfall. You can't see too much as the interior is really dark. The big grotto is surrounded by masses of lush vegetation so looks quite impressive....More

Thank A R H
Reviewed 18 April 2018

It was a little bit of a walk to get back to the Grotto, but it was very pretty. there was two different spots to view the the Grotto.

Thank _catheoh
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 3 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 22 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
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