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Taha’a



Far less traveled than Bora Bora, Tahiti, or Moorea, the islands of Taha'a and Raiatea offer vacationers the experience of a true, unspoiled French Polynesia.

 

The larger of the two islands, Raiatea (meaning "faraway heaven" and "sky with soft light"), is only slightly smaller than Tahiti itself and is the capital of the Leeward Islands. Raiatea, also known as the "Sacred Island" is the cultural heart of all of the Tahiti Islands.

 

Taha'a has been nicknamed "The Vanilla Island" for its rich aroma of vanilla lingering heavily in the air.  The flower-shaped island shares a lagoon with Raiatea and is a favored mooring point for sailors and charter boats.  The island's simple beauty is charmed by soft mountain shapes and surrounded by tiny motu with bright sand beaches. In the fertile valleys cutting within the island, local farmers grow watermelon, vanilla, and copra.

 

 

WHERE TO STAY


Le Taha'a Island Resort & Spa

Le Taha’a Island Resort & Spa


Superbly located on the coral reef motu Tautau, Le Taha'a Island Resort & Spa was designed to be the most luxurious resort in French Polynesia and is a member of the prestigious Relais & Chateaux resort collection. You will be enchanted by the resort's spectacular accommodations, outstanding cuisine, award-winning spa, and warm Polynesian service.  This resort was the backdrop for the season finale of Season 6 of The Bachelorette (Ali and Roberto).

 

This traditional Polynesian style hotel offers 48 Over Water Suites & 10 Beach Suites and 2 Royal Beach Villas, more than a hundred square meters in size. The overwater suites have glass table to view the aquatic life of the lagoon, a large sundeck and sitting area with direct access to the water. The beach villas offer a spacious lounge area facing the beach and a private tropical garden with plunge pool. The public areas are built among the trees, providing an exquisite view of the lagoon and the island of Taha'a. In addition to “La Plage” restaurant found beside the pool and on the beach, the two additional restaurants, le “Vanille” and the gourmet restaurant “Ohiri” were built in the main building, around a coconut grove.  The first floor looks over the trees in the garden, which gives you the impression of being suspended in their branches, overhanging an unforgettable panorama.  The chef uses fresh Polynesian ingredients to create bold dishes. 

 

If you are arriving from Bora Bora, then do so in style with a breathtaking helicopter transfer over the island and lagoons until you arrive directly at the resort.

 

Unlike any other resort in French Polynesia, it is recommend that you save Le Taha'a for the end of your stay in the Islands of Tahiti as there are no other resorts in the islands that compare!

 


 

Le Taha'a Island Resort & Spa - Overwater Suite - Terrace and Bedroom Side

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Vahine Island Private Island Resort

Vahine Island Resort Taha’a

 

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TAHAA, VAHINE ISLAND HOTEL - TRIP ADVISOR CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE

 

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The hotel has been awarded the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence for the third year running.

 

The certificate is only awarded to establishments with over 85% excellent visitor reviews and only 10% receive the award! Térence Trouyet, Director of Vahine Island says:

 

"This award recognises our drive to satisfy our customers and provide them with a magical moment to remember. It is a pleasure to hear that our guests have unforgettable memories of their stay with us."

 

About the hotel: Located on the heavenly Motu Tu Vahine, a private island in the middle of Tahaa Lagoon, Vahine Island hotel has everything you need for an unforgettable break: white sand beach, incredible coconut plantation, coral garden, views of Tahaa island and the sunset behind neighbouring Bora Bora.

 


The exclusive Vahine Island Resort was ranked number one among "The World's Top 25 Escapes" by Condé Nast Traveler.  The resort is located on its own private motu (islet) on the northern side of the island of Raiatea and Tahaa in one of the still untouched blue lagoons of French Polynesia. Upon your arrival at the quaint airport on the nearby island of Raiatea, you are taken on a 25 minutes speedboat ride across the transparent lagoon to this intimate and romantic resort. Surrounding you are white sandy beaches, coconut groves, and the sheltering coral reef with the open ocean on one side and a tranquil lagoon on the other.

 

By design, construction is limited to three overwater bungalows on the lagoon and six beach bungalows hidden among coconut trees, multicolored hibiscus and bougainvillea. The architecture of local woods and bamboo achieves a complete integration with the environment.

 

Each guest receives personal attention from the multilingual staff who is available to meet all your needs. There is a lovely beachside restaurant, a bar and a small boutique. The cuisine is a delicate mix of local seafood and exotic flavors. Barbecued lobster, grilled fresh fish from the lagoon and tropical drinks are their specialty. The culinary preparations are a delicate mix of local seafood and exotic flavors with a French touch. Cocktails are served on the verandah-bar overlooking the lagoon, and during these magically romantic evenings, you will feel that there is nothing else in the world beyond this tropical paradise.

 

The resort is an outstanding getaway for couples and guests looking for an authentic Polynesian experience best described as “rustic luxury” with personal and intimate service. To best experience this resort, a minimum 2 night stay is required.

 

 


TAHA'A ATTRACTIONS AND ACTIVITIES

 

Apooiti Marina Complex

Home to the Clubhouse - touted as the largest restaurant on Raiatea/Tahaa - this marina is one of the more contemporary attractions in the area. The restaurant's large veranda is the ideal place to enjoy a drink on a warm evening.

 

Haamene & Hurepiti Bays

These two narrow and fjordlike passages cut deep into the Tahaa landscape. Easily accessible by foot, both bays offer stunning panoramic vistas of the island's peaks and valleys.

 

Na Te Ara Museum

At the Apooiti Marina Complex, this small, fascinating museum boasts an assortment of flora and fauna indigenous to French Polynesia. The exhibit is a bonanza for wildlife lovers, and includes exotic butterflies, shells, coral, turtles, beetles and crustaceans.

 

Marae Taputapuatea

This Polynesian temple is a national monument, featuring six stone shrines located on a flat, sandy point. Throughout the history of French Polynesia, a number of human sacrifices were performed at this site.

 

Island Tour by Canoe

A unique way to experience Tahaa is by canoe. Exploring the island this way, you'll visit and vanilla plantation and take some time to learn a little about the world-famous black pearls of French Polynesia.

 

Hiking

When in Tahaa, do as the locals do: walk. As evidenced by the abundance of well-maintained trails here, walking is a basic form of transportation, and a great way to enjoy the Tahaa's peaks, plateaus and lagoons.

 

Scuba

Take a dive into the beautiful blue waters off Tahaa and marvel at the island's undersea wrecks, fish and plant life. The island has a number of interesting dive sites, including numerous lagoon dives. There's no better way to explore Tahaa's undersea world.

 

Snorkeling

Home to a wide variety of reef fish and plant life, the Tahaa area offers excellent snorkeling. Since fish feeding is practiced, the lagoon attracts schools of eels, perches, triggerfish, red snappers, silver jacks, tunas and red runners.

 

Fishing

Thanks to the area's relatively low population, the waters around Tahaa are never short of fish. Fishing enthusiasts can take advantage of this situation by chartering a fishing boat for a half- or full-day. Cast your line and catch jackfish, mahi-mahi, marlin and sailfish.

 

 

 

RAIATEA ATTRACTIONS AND ACTIVITIES

 

Taputapuatea Archeological Area

An essential stop for those interested in archaeological treasures. Here, scientists have uncovered relics linking the island of Raiatea to Hawaii, corroborating the belief that Raiatea was a staging ground for ancient Polynesian mariners.

 

Apooiti Marina Complex

Home to the Clubhouse - touted as the largest restaurant on Raiatea/Tahaa - this marina is one of the more contemporary attractions in the area. The restaurant's large veranda is the ideal place to enjoy a drink on a warm evening.

 

Na Te Ara Museum

At the Apooiti Marina Complex, this small, fascinating museum boasts an assortment of flora and fauna indigenous to French Polynesia. The exhibit is a bonanza for wildlife lovers, and includes exotic butterflies, shells, coral, turtles, beetles and crustaceans.

 

Faaroa River

Winding its way though valleys, gorges and rainforests, the Faaroa river holds a mythic place in Tahiti's history. Bordered by wild hibiscus trees, this is the place where hundreds of brave Maori families departed on their migratory voyages to settle in New Zealand.

 

Faaroa River Cruise

Spend a morning enjoying the sights and sounds of Raiatea on a Faaroa River Cruise. The cruise runs up the magnificent Faaroa River and lagoon, and includes some time for snorkeling as well.

 

Horseback Riding

What could be more romantic than a horseback tour through the wilds of Raiatea? Ride stately Marquesan horses through the mountainous tracks. Breathe in the fragrant, fruit-scented air as you gallop along the numerous rivers...a captivating experience.

 

Beaches

Though Raiatea is bereft of beaches on the main island, a number of superb beaches dot the outlying reefs. Rent a boat and sail to white-sand paradises like Motu Nao Nao, Opeha Point, Motu TauTau and Motu Tehutu.

 

Biking

Rent a bicycle and take a casual ride down the sideroads and byways of Raiatea. Traffic on the island is relatively light, creating a perfect environment for cyclists to enjoy the island's blue seas and green mountains.

 

Shopping

Vendors located on the Raiatea waterfront provide an atmosphere of an old-world marketplace. And be sure to check out Arri Boutique, which stocks hand painted, one-of-a-kind T-shirts and pareos with Tahitian motifs.

 

 

 

Please contact us to plan your vacation in Taha'a and Raiatea :

 

Sunsational Vacations, LLC

(888) 431 - 8567


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