The Island of Tubuai has many archeological sites, but not all of them are easy to get to. Many are hidden by the lush vegetation so it’s a good idea to go on a tour with one of the island’s guides. You’ll learn the history of Tubuai and you won’t miss any of the important sites, such as the marae.
And of course, you’ll be told the tale that captivates the whole world, that of the mutiny on the Bounty. The mutineers, led by Fletcher Christian, wanted to settle on Tubuai, but the islanders wouldn’t let them. Walk along the beach at the Baie sanglante (Bloody bay) which got its name from the fierce battle that was fought there between the mutineers and the warriors of Tubuai. And visit the reconstructed Fort George, which was initially built by the Bounty mutineers themselves in 1789. The upkeep of this historic site is the work of the Association Bounty Fort George Tubuai.
Culminating at 422 meters, Mount Taitaa is the ideal place to take photos of the island, the lagoon and…yourself! The hike to the top is relatively easy and doesn’t require the services of a guide. However, it takes about three hours there and back. You climb gently through groves of guava trees and it’s only the last short stretch which is a little steep. But the panoramic 360° view is well worth that final effort. The Mount Taita trail is part of the Raid Litchis (Lychee Trek), a well-known annual sporting event for keen hikers,which is held every November.
If you don’t want to climb, then why not rent a bike and go on a tour of the island? 25km of flat road with a choice of white sandy beaches where you can stop to rest and admire the view. You’ll also pass cultivated fields of taro, carottes, potatoes, lychee trees…And you’ll discover why Tubuai is known as the island of abundance..