Tales & Legends of Raiatea

3.5 hours | Raiatea | RFP-600
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Points of Interest

  • Polynesian Marae
  • Aquatic Adventures
Moderate activity

Description

Be sure to read the Special Notes further down this page for important requirements and restriction.

Step back in time and learn the legends and folklore of beautiful Raiatea when you explore its natural beauty and historic significance on a guided half-day adventure that pays homage to the island's rich culture.

Begin your day of discovery when you board a sturdy motorized vessel and meet your captain and knowledgeable guide. Set off from Raiatea's lagoon down the tranquil waters of the Faaroa River, the only navigable river in French Polynesia. You'll be traveling the same route as New Zealand's Maori settlers. The river ribbons through a lush rainforest, and verdant jungle growth flanks your passage. Keep an eye out for such tropical vegetation as purau (wild hibiscus), which blooms yellow in the early morning, turns a fiery red in the afternoon and falls from the tree as the sun begins to set, mape (Pacific chestnut trees) and tall bamboo groves. The warm air is scented with the fragrance of vanilla, and the area is home to colorful birds that make their home in this thriving ecosystem.

Your tour continues with exploration of the impressive Marae Taputapuatea, nestled on the southeast coast of Raiatea. As the island's temple complex and its cultural and religious command center, it is the largest marae in French Polynesia. Here you'll find a compound featuring several small temples as well as stone structures and carvings. The area has been expanded over time, but original buildings are believed to date to 1000 A.D. It is here that priests would come from all around the Pacific to worship and sacrifice to the gods as well as to share knowledge gained from their travels. Festivals, ceremonies and cultural events are still held on this sacred site, which has received international acclaim for its historical contributions.

From here, travel to a lovely, small motu, or islet inlet, where you'll refresh with a complimentary cold beverage. Then, feel free to take a dip in the inviting waters or simply relax or stroll along the sand. A mask and snorkel is available for your enjoyment, and the crystalline waters are home to a variety of colorful fish.

At the completion of this fascinating day, return to the pier port with a deeper understanding of this significant region and a camera filled with memorable pictures.

Special Notes:

Not advisable for guests with mobility limitations. Waiver must be signed and medical conditions disclosed. Wear your swimsuit under your clothing; bring a towel, sunscreen, a hat and insect repellent. Wear a rash guard and aqua shoes. Bring bottled water. Guests participating in this water activity must know how to swim, be comfortable in the water and able to cope with occasional currents. Depth of water is not guaranteed, due to currents and sea level variation. Do not to touch or step on the coral reef, or touch any underwater animals for safety and environmental reasons. Wildlife sightings are likely but are not guaranteed. Sailing on board a boat requires vigilance; guests must be physically and mentally alert to the boating environment and fit enough to negotiate steps and the vessel layout. Boat may be wet, personal belongings should be stored with caution. Expensive clothing or jewelry should not be worn on tour. Tour operates rain or shine; no weather-related refunds are offered. However, the tour operator reserves the right to cancel the tour if weather conditions could lead to safety issues. 

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Boat ride in lagoon and the Faaroa River

Transport type:
Motorized Vessel
Transport Capacity:
12
Travel time:
01:20
Air conditioned:
No
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
No

Visit Marae Taputapuatea

Time at site:
00:40

Cruise to islet and Motu Beach Break and option to snorkel

Transport type:
Motorized Vessel
Transport Capacity:
12
Travel time:
00:20
Time at site:
00:50

Return cruise to the pier

Transport type:
Motorized Vessel
Transport Capacity:
12
Travel time:
00:20
Air conditioned:
No
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
No