Raiatea, the sacred island & the cradle of Polynesian culture

As the first island to have been inhabited, Raiatea is the most historic and cultural island to visit. It is nowadays the second administrative center after Tahiti. Travel through her cultural and historic heritage which makes her a legendary and mysterious island. Taputapuatea marae is the witness of this legacy. This sanctuary, in the center of the Polynesian triangle, is the first and most important royal marae of all the Pacific islands.

RAIATEA ou Havai’i in Tahitian (« Big Water »)

  • Located 193 km / 119 miles north west of Tahiti (flight time: 45 minutes)
  • Area: 238km2 / 147 sq miles
  • Population: 12,000
  • Main town: Uturoa
  • Circle island road: 98km / 60 miles
  • Airport: Uturoa
  • Highest peak: Mount Tefatoaiti (1,017km / 3,337 miles)
Sunset at the Hawaiki Nui Hotel
Sunset at the Hawaiki Nui Hotel
Must see
  • Taputapuatea marae
  • Faaroa river
  • Catamaran rental with or without a skipper
  • Botanic garden in Faaroa valley
  • Road crossing the island through Mount Oropiro
  • Dives and hikes
Boat tour on the incredible lagoon of Raiatea and Taha'a
Boat tour on the incredible lagoon of Raiatea and Taha'a
Marae of Taputapuatea on Raiatea
Marae of Taputapuatea on Raiatea
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Paddle board on the Faaroa river
Paddle board on the Faaroa river

Customer reviews


19/06/2018 - Elodie, France

Excellent, what an organization at the top! Really thank you, everything was very well managed!


24/01/2018 - Paolo, Italy

Excellent Yes! Everything was perfect. One of the best vacations of my life !!! Hotels, particularly, the ones in Bora Bora where top notch. Yes. I would recommend Tahiti (beautiful), Bora Bora (super) and Rangiroa!


26/12/2017 - Bruce et Aileen, USA

Yestahiti took all the worry out of planning a trip to an unfamiliar place. The catamaran with tahiti Yatch charters was the highlight of our trip. We had a wonderful time everything went smoothly and everything was beautiful We loved our trip.  Everything was perfect.  We could not have asked for a better experience.  The Catamaran...

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