Tahaa and Raiatea are not often on the bucket list when people visit French Polynesia. Most visitors will only know them by flying over on their way to Bora Bora. However, these two islands, which are actually one, have a lot to offer to their visitants, this is why I dedicate this post to what to do in Tahaa and Raiatea.
1. Where are Tahaa and Raiatea?
Raiatea is part of the Iles Sous le Vent, it is the fourth largest after Tahiti, and you will remark it with no doubt. The others are in Marquise Archipelago. It shares the same lagoon with Tahaa, because millions of years ago they were a single island and they were separated when the isthmus that connected them was submerged. The Polynesian legend says that a giant divided the with a great knock.
These islands are located 200 Km from Tahiti and few kilometers from Bora Bora, actually you will be able to enjoy wonderful sunsets with this island as a background.
It is quite well communicated with the other islands by plane. You can use the Pass Découverte or The Pass Bora Bora.
2. What to do in Raiatea?
Raiatea is an island with exceptional lands and mountains. A lot of activities can be done on land and that will change you a bit from the kind of activities you fin in Bora Bora.
This island is known as the Sacred Island because the most important marae for the Polynesian culture is located here.
Mont Temehani Trekking
This trek can give you two essential things: see the Tiare Apetahi flower (that only grows here) and a spectacular view over Bora Bora if the weather is right. Trecking of 17Km and 750m of unevenness.
The 3 waterfalls route
Known under this name because you can see 3 waterfalls along the route in the middle of lush vegetation. To see them you have to get to the pension of the same name, and continue for about 25 minutes, where you will find the first river, cross it, continue for about 30m, follow the path to the right and you will reach the second river. When you cross this river and continue up you will find the third and last waterfall. The path is not easy to find without a guide.
3. What to do in Tahaa?
Tahaa know also as Vanilla Island, because of the quality of the vanilla planted on its land. Its a smaller island less developed that Raiatea and there are fewer activities to do, but at least two that you can not set aside:
Tahaa does not have beaches or places where you will admire the crystal water expected in French Polynesia. As Raiatea, the turquoise waters will be on the ring around the island.
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