a common lagoon with Raiatea and accessible only by boat, Taha'a produces about 80% of all vanilla in French Polynesia. Tahaa is the
only island in the Society Islands that can be completely circled by
boat inside the protected lagoon.
many deep bays and small deserted motus on the reef, Taha'a is an ideal
island to escape the 20th century. Here you can explore the reef and
discover the beauty of its multicolored lagoon, enjoy a picnic on a
deserted motu, or go hiking in the mountains and through the vanilla
plantations and learn the mystery of the vanilla orchid. With only a
handful of guest houses and two hotels, Tahaa is slowly awakening to
tourism and yet it still maintains an authentic flavor of Polynesia.
hotel, the 5 Star Le Taha'a Privat
Resort and Spa is located on a motu in the turquoise lagoon
of Tahaa, 1/2 hour from the airport of Raiatea. This deluxe resort designed
some of the largest and best appointed bungalows in French Polynesia
in an idyllic setting overlooking Taha'a, with some of the overwater
bungalows offering a romantic view of Bora Bora in the distance.
The intimate (9 bungalows) Vahine Island Resort is also on a small
islet in the lagoon and was voted best "tropical hideaway"
by Conde nast Traveler some years ago.
Raiatea - Historic Island
the Polynesian explorers discovered the island we know today as Raiatea,
they named it Havai after their legendary ancestral home. Second only
to Tahiti in size, Raiatea today is the administrative and trading center
of the Leeward Islands.
The main town of Uturoa is a sleepy little waterfront town reminiscent
of Papeete from years past. Because there is large protected lagoon
around Raiatea and her delightful sister island of Tahaa, the area has
naturally become one of French Polynesia's best locations for sailing,
deep sea fishing and scuba diving.