National Geographic : 1962 Jul
"Formidable walls of basalt descended from the central crater and fanned out to lose themselves on the beaches," wrote Pierre Loti. Although Tahitians prefer to live on the coast, they penetrate lush river valleys to fish for nato, spear cray fish, and gather bananas, limes, bread fruit, and firewood. This valley runs to the sea on the north coast of the Taiarapu Peninsula. "Lofty precipices festooned with the silvery smoke of waterfalls" HALL Morrison counted 30 cascades pouring from Mount Orohena, Tahiti's highest peak (map, page 7). About 10 are visible in this aerial view.