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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......more
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)...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
PK 31, Opoa, P.O. BOX 884, Uturoa, 98735, French Polynesia
Good for: Families
My recent stay at the Hawaiki Nui was disappointing not only because it rained almost all the time...more
Tahaa Marina Iti Uturoa, 98735, French Polynesia
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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 minutemore
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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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 !
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.
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...more
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...more