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Rurutu and the cave of the ogress

exploration

Rurutu island, raised from the seabed by geological movement, has limestone caves on its shores whose bizarrely shaped columns have inspired legends.

To explore the maze of cliff-side caves, follow the guide! Caves often communicate, sink into the dried coral rock, and offer a route punctuated by dreamlike shapes or strange natural sculptures that free the imagination and arouse extravagant metaphors.

One Polynesian myths relates that ogress lived in the Ina cave: her long fingers and nails possess magical powers. The inhabitants of Rurutu are renowned for their basketry and weaving, especially mats. The complicated interlacing is reminiscent of the underground network of the island, a mysterious and sacred world filled with ancient burial tombs.

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