Raiatea is revered by the Tahitians as the birthplace of their religion and culture. According to legend it was from her shores that ancient Polynesian explorers set off for Hawaii and New Zealand. Its mountainous interior boasts the only navigable river in French Polynesia. As the center of religion and culture 1,000 years ago, this island has the best preserved Marae (temple) in Polynesia.

The sister Island Tahaa, also known as the Vanilla Island,  offers a glimpse of the traditional  tranquil life. Spectacular bays carve into verdant hills and the coral reef surrounding it, offers as many as 60 idyllic motus (islets) to discover.  

       
Raiatea
1 Raiatea Hawaiki Nui Hotel / Resort
 
Tahaa
2 Tahaa Pearl Beach Resort & Spa
3 Tahaa Marina Resort
4 Vahine Island Resort
 
       

Raiatea Hawaiki Nui Hotel / Resort

Friendly and casual, like a traditional Tahitian household, this hotel is located adjacent to the lagoon and offers 9 over water bungalows, 7 lagoon-front bungalows, 4 garden bungalows and 8 garden rooms. The restaurant and bar overlook the swimming pool which fronts the lagoon. Activities available include snorkeling, outrigger canoe excursions, horseback riding, marae excursions and jeep safaris. 

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Tahaa Pearl Beach Resort & Spa

(opening Aug 2002)  The “gem” in the Pearl collection will be the most luxurious in French Polynesia. Superbly located on Motu Tautau on the coral reef. The resort faces the island of Tahaa on the lagoon side and offers an unsurpassed view of Bora Bora island. This  Polynesian-style hotel offers 48 over water suites and 12 beach suites. The public areas are built in the trees, providing an exquisite view of the lagoon and Tahaa island. The resort has its own diving center and spa.

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Tahaa Marina Resort

An intimate resort, set among gardens and a white sand beach, located on Tahaa in the heart of the Leeward Islands. The resort is located 8 minutes from Raiatea Airport by private shuttle or approximately 15 minutes by regular shuttle
providing  simple accommodations in four thatched bungalows. .

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Vahine Island Resort

Discover an exclusive hideaway paradise, located on a private 10 acre island in the Tahaa lagoon, with stunning views of the surrounding islands of Tahaa, Bora Bora, Raiatea and Huahine. The resort caters to a small number of discriminating guests. The resort is 25 minutes by speedboat from Raiatea Airport.

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