Aora'i is a 9.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, nature trips, and backpacking and is accessible year-round.

Length9.5 miElevation gain7,454 ftRoute typeOut & back
BackpackingCampingHikingNature tripsForestViewsWildflowersWildlifeRockyScramble
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Sean Casey
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HikingScramble

Awesome hike but tough and a bit dangerous. The erosion is bad in a few spots and I almost tumbled down a cliff face a few times, but the views are great. Took us around 9 hours from Belvedere to the summit and back, with a few water/snack breaks along the way. Refuges are adequate if you come with mats, sleeping bags and food. There’s water at both refuges.

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Renata Slayton
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Hiking

Very dangerous with erosion but amazing. Sadly didn’t finish.

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Hale Tussing
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Hiking

Good hike, some incredible views as you walk along ridges. Some parts have thin trails and you’re on the side of a mountain but with sure steps, it is no issue. Moments when you’re suddenly in a jungle too which is really cool

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dexter brown
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Alex Callan
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HikingMuddyScramble

Great trail but a tall (pun intended) order. We left at 0510 from the Belvedere Restaurant and fell about a kilometre short of the top. All up four hours to get to the top and three to get down (however add another hour to complete the section we didn’t climb). Early morning start means you’ve got a fair bit of shade while the sun rises behind Aorai. Reaching the first hut is relatively easy but after that the trail gets dicey. Watch your step because there’s gaps in the trail and lots of ropes in parts. If you have any fear of heights or problems with balance/vertigo I would not recommend. Very exhausting after the first hut particularly as the temperature rises Cloud cover around the summit after 1000ish. Take it slow on the way down. If it has rained recently I would stay away. Lots of water (3 1/2 litres at least) recommended.

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Emmanuelle Coudert
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Hiking
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S'il n'y avait qu'une randonnée à faire sur Tahiti, ça serait l'Aora'i ! Il est possible de dormir dans l'un des 2 refuges mais nous avons choisi de faire l'aller-retour dans la journée. L'itinéraire est vraiment bien matérialisé, aucune difficulté de ce côté. Le sentier est relativement simple jusqu'au premier refuge puis il devient engagé et aérien avec de nombreux passages de corde. Les sensibles au vertige doivent s'abstenir ! Randonnée très fortement déconseillée en cas de pluie ou juste après un fort orage. Nous avons effectué par temps sec, l'AR en 8h avec les poses et repas mais sans trainer. Le départ doit être très tôt afin d'arriver avant les nuages au sommet et éviter des soucis de visibilité (ça serait dommage... la vue y est époustouflante) Prévoyez de quoi vous couvrir, il fait froid en haut ;), au minimum 2 litres d'eau par personne et votre appareil !

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Adam Grell
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Cyril Gaudemer
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Hiking
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Cyril Gaudemer
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Tom Byrne
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Hiking
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Lilly Lieu
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Katherine Alice
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Chad Stork
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