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Raiatea/Tahaa

Raiatea is the second largest island in the Tahitian Islands. It has also been called the “sacred island” and considered the cultural heart and birthplace of Tahiti Polynesia. The important past is well preserved, including Marae Taputapuatea, the best preserved temple in all French Polynesia.

 

The town of Uturoa is a waterfront city that reminds some of Papeete in its early years. The lagoon that surrounds Raiatea and Taha’a, has become a haven for sailors, deep sea fishermen and scuba divers.

 

The neighboring island of Taha’a shares the lagoon and is only accessible by boat. This flower-shapd island is encircled by nearly 60 motu or islets and a fantastic coral reef, plus many small beautiful beaches. The tranquil setting features small motus and deep bays for fishing. Taha’a is known as the “vanilla island” because of the aroma throughout the island of the rich spice. You can even buy some vanilla at a plantation to take the aroma of Taha'a home with you.



Diving

The two sister islands share a common lagoon that is the richest for diving of the Society Islands. There are 30 dive sites between Raiatea and Taha’a, which local dive sites at two of the eight passes through the reef into the lagoon. Of special interest is the Nordby, an amazing three-mast schooner that sank in 1900, located just in front of the Raiatea Hawaiki Nui Hotel. This dive is accessible even to beginners. The Hemisphere Sub-Diving Center and Taha’a Blue Nui Diving Center are the best dive centers.

 

L’Excursion Bleue

This is a full day excursion by outrigger canoe around Taha’a. Visit a pearl farm and vanilla plantation; stop at the Lagoonarium for a snorkel and motu lunch. Continue around the island with another snorkel stop at the coral garden.

 

Raiatea Safari Excursion

This one is a half day discovery on the wild island of Raiatea with a four wheel drive vehicle. Visit the crater of the island, Marae Taputapuatea, and a vanilla farm or pearl farm.


Faaroa River and Island Exploration
Visit the bamboo forests, mango trees, and ginger flowers af Raiatea's interior from your seat on a safari off-road vehicle. Next, visit an ancient marae (sacred site), then explore the Faaroa River aboard a motorized outrigger canoe, viewing wild hibiscus, chestnut trees, and more.

 

Coral Garden Drift Snorkeling

Ride by motorboat to an uninhabited motu off the coast. As your guide leads you along the current in a shallow lagoon, experience the spectacular variety of tropical fish and amazing coral. This excursion is available from both Raitea and Taha'a.

 

Explore Taha'a

Ride an off-road safari vehicle across one of Taha'a's highest mountains. Along the way, you'll visit a scenic viewpoint, learn the traditional use of local plants and trees, and learn the tamure, a Tahitian dance. Then, tour a loca lvanilla plantation and a black pearl farm.

 

Horseback Riding

Two or three hour horseback ride options on the island on Raiatea.

RAIATEA / TAHAA RESORTS

 

Raiatea Hawaiki Nui

Le Taha’a Private Island Resort & Spa

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