Considered the second largest island in French Polynesia, Raiatea is situated approximately 120 miles northwest of Tahiti. For the Polynesian "Maohi," ancestor of today's Tahitian, Raiatea was known as "Sacred Havai'i" and was the center of royalty, religion, culture and history. The principal village is Uturoa, with a population of over 10,000. This bustling port town features a colorful market and arts and crafts shops along the waterfront. Raiatea is currently undergoing a renaissance, with special attention being given to preserve the island's rich culture and heritage.
Raiatea's importance as both a religious and historical center for all of Polynesia is complemented by a wealth of archaelogical sites, tropical scenery and reef fringed lagoons.
Discover the natural beauty and cultural heritage of Raiatea when you explore key sights along its east coast. Enjoy a guided cruise down Faaroa River, the only navigable river in French Polynesia. Visit the historic Marae of Taputapuatea, the cradle of Polynesian religious and political life, and swim at a picturesque beach.
Glide along the tranquil Faaroa River on this half-day kayak adventure that makes the most of Raiatea's natural wonders. Follow your guide along the waterway lined with dense foliage, verdant cliffs and a vibrant bird and wildlife population. Take in the scenic beauty, and bring your camera for wonderful pictures.
Tour the Anapa Pearl Farm Reef House situated over the lagoon, and then, don snorkel and mask for a swim amongst the oyster beds. You'll have time to shop for black pearls afterwards. Fresh fruit, juice, and local beer are included on this excursion.
Join a drift snorkel excursion for experienced snorkelers. From an isolated motu off Tahaa, let the current carry you through a channel in the reef to your waiting boat. Afterwards, enjoy free time in the lagoon or on the motu. Fresh fruits and juices are included on this half-day excursion.