Visit Raiatea's sister island Taha'a on this tour that highlights the beauty and culture of French Polynesia and includes a snorkel stop.
From the pier in Raiatea, you will board a boat and begin your excursion with a scenic cruise across the the tranquil lagoon towards Taha’a. An ancient legend says that Raiatea and Taha’a were originally one island until a giant eel swallowed a young girl. Possessed by her spirit, the enraged creature broke through the surface of the earth, causing the sea to surge. The impact of the water causing the island to be cut in two, creating the separate islands of Raiatea and Taha'a.
Upon arrival in Taha'a, you'll transfer to 4WD vehicles and navigate your way into the island's valleys and mountains. Along the way, your guide will point out the various sights you are passing. At a beautiful viewpoint, you'll stop for photos and discover the traditional use of local plants and trees. You will also have the opportunity to sample various local fruits and learn the Tamure, a typical Tahitian dance.
The island of Taha’a is often called the Vanilla Island and a visit to a small, local vanilla plantation allows you to learn all about this fragrant spice that has a multitude of uses. Next, you will travel to a small black pearl farm and discover how these treasures of the sea are raised and harvested. These small cottage industries are part of the island’s economic structure and will give you a broader perspective of life here in French Polynesia.
Rejoining your boat, you will cruise across the turquoise waters to a motu (islet) where you can enjoy some time for snorkeling or swimming before returning to the pier in Raiatea.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 1-hour of walking. Those who wish to snorkel or swim should be good swimmers and in good physical condition. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Guests must be comfortable wearing the snorkeling equipment provided (mask and snorkel), being in deep water and able to cope with occasional currents. Fins are not provided. Swimwear worn under a cover-up; sun cap; sunglasses; biodegradable sunscreen; towel; and flat comfortable shoes or aquasocks are recommended. Guests are cautioned not to touch or step on any coral for both safety and environmental reasons. Those participating in any water activities do so at their own risk and responsibility.