Introducing Ra'iatea & Taha'a
Ra’iatea and Taha’a are encircled by a common lagoon, but here you get two very different islands for the price of one. Ra’iatea is high, imposing and fiercely independent, has the second biggest town in French Polynesia after Pape’ete and is considered by many to be the spiritual seat of the Polynesian Triangle. Taha’a, on the other hand, has graceful low hills, is famous only for its sweet-scented vanilla and is arguably the quietest of the Society Islands. Neither island gets many tourists, making them the ideal place to explore a mysterious and wild-feeling Polynesia.
The islands have very few beaches. Fortunately the reef is dotted with motu, white-sand gems that can fulfil anyone’s dreams of a palm-fringed, blue-lagoon paradise. Within the vast lagoon itself is a never-ending aquarium perfect for diving, snorkelling, kayaking or just splashing around. On land, the mountains, particularly on Ra’iatea, make you want to strap on your hiking boots in search of breezy vistas, waterfalls and one of the world’s rarest flowers, the tiare apetahi.