Favorite thing: Raiatea has a partially paved road that encircles the island for about 100 km (62 miles). It follows the contours of the deeply indented coastline and offers magnificent views over the lagoon. You can drive a long time without seeing any houses or people.
Favorite thing: we jired a small boat with a group of friends and a few beers and went sailing to a motu at sunset, even had time before the rian for a swim !
Favorite thing: The water from the tap on Raiatea is NOT drinkable with the exception of a few of the better hotels. Its generally better to stick to bottled mineral water.