The inauguration ceremonies for Vaipahi Gardens on the island of Tahiti’s south coast, was held Aug. 3, 2007. The newly restored Vaipahi Gardens, at a cost of $1.3 million, are located 30 miles from downtown Papeete. The gardens are a green oasis of two-and-a-half acres abundant in exotic vegetation including huge ferns, orchids, jade vine, and more. In addition to its backdrop of ponds, walking trails, and a waterfall, Vaipahi Gardens also offers archaeological relics highlighting the Tahitian traditions.
Visitors can walk along the river, in the footsteps of ancient Tahitians, to a lookout point offering views of the entire park. The circle island park was also restored with this project, allowing visitors to experience a view of the lagoon and the ocean beyond the reef. This project is part of the Ministry of Tourism and Environment’s effort to develop tourism and cultural activities.