The northeast corner of Tahiti Nui is home to a craggy coastline carved by thousands of years of waves pounding against dramatic cliffs. The waves have created a stunning array of natural features, from partially-submerged caves to elongated tubes to curving and hollowed cliffs. The most famous feature is the Arahoho Blowhole, a surprisingly fun and visually spectacular location to visit.
The blowhole was created through years of coastal erosion – ocean energy pounded into rock creating caves, before opening up a small hole in the top of the rock. Water rushes into the cavern with each swell and, if the conditions are right (which they usually are) water sprays skyward in spectacular fashion. It’s the largest of a number of blowholes along the coast road, and the most fun to visit – just be prepared to get splashed with sea spray! There’s a wooden viewing platform stretching from the side of the road, but don’t think that will keep you dry. Be sure to stick to the designated path as it can be dangerous to venture out onto the slippery rocks. Arahoho is a short drive away from major centres – simply head onto the coast road and follow the signs to the trou du souffleur. Tour buses are usually parked all around the site, making it hard to miss.
It’s also worth taking some time out to wander along the black sand beach just next to the Arahoho Blowhole. Tahiti’s distinctive black sand is also a product of erosion, although of a different kind – volcanic lava worn down over many thousands of years is washed ashore to create the distinctive vista. The scenic drive along the coast is a fantastic way to spend a few hours on Tahiti, and the Arahoho Blowhole is only one of the beautiful sites to see.