Highlights

  • Feeling the power of Marae Taputapuatea, one of Polynesia’s greatest spiritual centres.
  • Spending a day on Taha’a with an island tour, stopping at Motu Tau Tau for a bout of snorkelling.
  • Taking an unforgettable hike to Temehani Plateau and looking for the tiare apetahi, one of the world’s rarest flowers.
  • Kayaking to motu in either lagoon or up Faaroa River, the country’s only navigable waterway.
  • Diving the Nordby, a superb wreck very close to shore.
  • Absorbing the silence on the deserted Motu Oatara and snorkelling in crystal-clear waters.
  • Learning how vanilla is prepared and purchasing a sweet-scented vanilla pod at a vanilla farm.
  • Unwinding on blissful Joe Dassin Beach, Taha’a’s hidden gem.