Larger than you'd think (it's bigger than Mo'orea) and roughly orchid-shaped, this island specialises in two of the most pleasant things French Polynesia has to offer: vanilla and pearls. This befits the subtle and sweet personality of Taha’a, where smiles are as common as hibiscus flowers and the scent of vanilla wafts through the air. There's not much going on, but that's what's so wonderful about this island. Forget the world while soaking in the incredible quiet and natural beauty. From the string of sandy motu to the north of the island, the silhouette of Bora Bora sits so close you could almost believe you were in the high-rolling neighbour’s lagoon.
A sealed coast road encircles most of the island, but traffic is very light and there is no public transport. Taha’a’s easily navigable lagoon and safe anchorages make it a favourite for visiting yachties and day-trippers from Ra’iatea.