Raiatea Travel Guide

  • Children and bears in Uturoa, the main town.
    Children and bears in Uturoa, the main...
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  • Church on the south coast.
    Church on the south coast.
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  • On the spectacular south-east coast.
    On the spectacular south-east coast.
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Raiatea Highlights

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     P-a-r-a-d-i-s-e !!! 

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     fewer transportation, accomodation options 

  • In a nutshell
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Raiatea Things to Do

  • things to do in raiatea

    lots to do here,for free or fairly cheap include kayaking, touring the island in a bus or taxi , visiting a botanical garden, climb the mountain,visit a vannilla plantation, a pearl farm, polynesian feast,snorkel , diving, ancient human sacrifice spots dine out at french or chinese restarant........see my raitea intro......

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  • The motu - Les motus

    A "Motu" is a sort of a small island in the middle of some others, generally bigger, around which the water is basically clearer (certainly because of the sand beneath)... Sorte de petite ile au milieu des autres plus grandes, ou generalement l'eau est plus claire qu'ailleurs (ce serait du au sable, m'indique-t-on en regie)...

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  • Climbing Tapioi Hill

    The top of Tapioi Hill is only a couple of kilometers from the shoreline, but it's a very steep climb (for some of us, anyway) and can be a bit of a challenge on a hot day. It's completely worth the effort, however. The track to the top starts in Uturoa (anybody should be able to point this out) and first passes through an area where you may...

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  • Marae Taputapuatea

    About 30 km south of Uturoa, this marae is supposedly the largest and most significant in all of French Polynesia. Its location on a portion of land jutting out into the ocean near Opoa highlights this importance. Upon approaching the marae, you will notice numerous stone platforms, most right on the shore, built 3 to 4 feet high. There is a single...

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  • The Taputapuatea Araeological Site

    The Taputapuatea marae is considered one of the most important structures in French Polynesia. When a new marae is being constructed on the nearby islands, a stone from Taputapuatea had to be used in making the new temple.

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  • Island of the birds - L'ile aux oiseaux

    A great motu, peaceful and surrounded by clear water (natural, for a motu) full of great colourful fishes, sharks, dolphins...Un super motu, calme et entoure d'eaux claires (facile, c'est un motu), avec plein de supers poissons de couleurs hallucinantes, de requins, de dauphins et de raies...

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Raiatea Restaurants

  • A hearty snack!

    Snack Moemoea is an outdoor cafe located on the waterfront of Uturoa. It was highly recommended by Max, the owner of the guest house where we stayed. We knew the cafe was going to be good judging from the amount of locals who frequent the place.The menu is a mixture of Chinese, American, and French snack dishes.The grilled mahi mahi absolutely...

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  • No doubt the Fish is FRESH!!

    We caught this happy fisherman just as he was bringing in the "fresh catch" to the restaurant's kitchen.

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  • Restaurant Atiapiti

    This is a great place to eat when you are driving around the island, visiting Marae Taputapuatea, or simply for some good food on the south side of the island.You can sit outside on the terrace with a nice view on the lagoon and the island of Huahine They serve fresh fish, crab and lobster from the lagoon.We had mahi mahi (dolphin fish) in...

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Raiatea Transportation

  • Getting around Raiatea

    As can be expected from a island less-visited than Tahiti or Bora Bora, getting around Raiatea can be a bit tricky for those expecting buses, taxis, and in general a variety of transportation options. AirportWhen I arrived at the airport, there were no buses or taxis in sight. A friendly gentleman I met in the terminal was kind enough to arrange a...

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  • Take a drive! (and sneak a drink!)

    Car rentals are available at the airport or in town. You could also have your pensions arrange it for you.(Note: Be aware that if you have a 3rd party involved for your car rental, the rental agency could sneak an extra charge on top of your bill to pay for the 3rd party's commission! Make sure you get your set price up front and have the rental...

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  • The truck ! Le camion !

    But, be careful of the lagoon !! Actually, you hardly find sand over there, so you have to dig !Mais attention au lagon !! En fait, on trouve difficilement du sable, la-bas, alors faut creuser !

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Raiatea Shopping

  • inexpensive fruit

    If you just want to pick up some fruit or other snacks, you can't beat the central market in downtown Uturoa. You'll find inexpensive produce that will sustain you if you're self-catering so you don't have to spend a lot of money eating out at upscale restaurants. For only CFP 300, I bought a bunch of bananas, a pineapple, and a papaya. The lady...

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  • Internet cafe

    Anno 2004, there is only one internet cafe on Raiatea. It is located at SARL Phenic, upstairs in Le Bihan Building in Tahina, between Uturoa center and the airport.There are 6 computers. They are open Monday through Friday 8 am to 12 pm and 2 pm to 5 pm. Saturday from 8 am to 12 pm and closed on Sunday. 15 CFP (0.13 EUR) per minute

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  • Where to shop?

    The big building beside the ship dock "Gare Maritime Building" is kind of a shopping center with a couple of restaurants, boutiques, jewelry shops and an 'Arts and Crafts Village' or 'Fare Mama', where the artisan mamas display their hand painted dresses and pareos, woven hats and bags, woodcarvings and shell jewelry.There are also various...

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Raiatea Local Customs

  • traditional motu polynesian feast and...

    this was fun, i wish i took some pics of the meal and cooking preparation and the dance where they picked un suspecting victims to come up and dance-even little tiny children were doing it sooo cute , but my camera battery sadly ran out !

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  • PK

    PK = poste kilometre, the number of kilometers from the mairie (town hall) or post office.On Raiatea, the location of important places and buildings is indicated by PK + a number. This means that it is located that many kilometers away from the post office in Uturoa. When you are driving around the island, you will see the kilometer markers on the...

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  • Marae

    A marae is a traditional Polynesian temple of coral or basaltic stone, usually built with an altar at one end.

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Raiatea Warnings and Dangers

  • Beware of Beach Squatters!!

    Take note that if you think you're coming to Raiatea for some fun in the sun and fun on the beach.......you're outta luck!Raiatea has never been much of a conventional tourist draw due to the fact that there is an absence of beaches on the main island. Not knowing this beforehand, we drove around the island.........looking for the atypical...

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  • Tupas

    Tupas are big crabs that you find everywhere on the island and that have a real bad habit : to dig big holes in your garden... Really hard to hunt them without poison...Des gros crabes que l'on peut trouver partout sur l'ile et qui ont une vraie mauvaise habitude : faire des trous dans votre jardin. Vraiment difficile a chasser sans poison...

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Raiatea Tourist Traps

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    Him ! Lui !

    by Maillekeul Written Dec 16, 2003

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    In one word : "Matthieu" !!!

    En un mot : "Matthieu" !!

    Unique Suggestions: Don't make him drink.

    Ne le faites pas boire.

    Fun Alternatives: There is no alternative : you have to meet him !!

    Il n'y a pas d'alternative : vous devez le rencontrer !

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Raiatea What to Pack

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    Insect repellent

    by Helga67 Updated Jun 19, 2004

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Loose-fitting clothing (cotton is best), open-toed sandals. Be sure to include aqua socks or protective footgear for walking on the coral reef and in the lagoon. Along with a hat, don't forget to pack a good pair of sunglasses.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bring a good sunscreen and insect repellent

    Photo Equipment: Keep in mind that daylight is very intense in the tropics. Use a polarisation or UV filter and bring a waterproof bag to protect your camera from salt and spray during boat trips.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Snorkelling equipment

    Miscellaneous: Bring an adapter if you don't have a French plug with two round prongs.

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Raiatea Off The Beaten Path

  • Matthieu

    Matthieu helps children to improve their command of french... He also tries to make them love litterature... Sur Raiatea, Matthieu aide les enfants a ameliorer leur francais et leur relation a cette langue. Il essaie egalement de leur faire aimer la litterature...

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  • Marina

    Marina helps children who have difficulties to read, listen or understand. She's their angel...Marina aide les enfants a lire, entendre, comprendre, sur l'ile de Raiatea.. C'est leur ange a eux...

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  • 4-Wheel Adventure

    We decided to do a bit of 4-wheeling in the mountains; this time around with a guide that could tell us about the area. The thunder clouds spoild the "sunny view" but the lush forests were incredible.As we travelled our guide would point out the various vegetation, flowers, fruits and allow us to sample some. The ginger plants were...

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Raiatea Sports & Outdoors

  • A diver's paradise

    For those who love scuba diving, Raiatea is a great place to do so. I didn't had the chance to do it myself but here is some useful info for those who are interested.50 different exciting dive spots are found in the four most beautiful passes of the Raiatea-Tahaa lagoon. These include exploring a sunken three-masted yacht, the hull of a Catalina...

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  • Surf !!!!

    Maybe one of the best place to surf, no ??Peut-etre l'un des meilleurs endroits pour surfer, non ?

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Raiatea Favorites

  • sunset cruise

    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 !

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  • Touring the island

    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.

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  • Drinking water

    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.

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