Good reasons to visit
- Lush vegetation, with diverse flora and abundant fruits.
- An exceptional emerald lagoon with its string of dream motus (islets).
- A giant natural aquarium: moray eels, grey sharks, humphead wrasses, shoals of barracuda, trevallies and enchanting coral gardens.
- The island's treasures: pearls and vanilla.
- Authentic charm.
- A wide variety of land- and sea-based activities.
Do not miss
- The lagoon and motus
- The coral gardens
- The pearl farms
- The vanilla plantations all over the island
- Col de Vaitoetoe and its views down over the bay of Haamene
- Fondation Hibiscus marine turtle conservation centre
- The Maison de la Vanille visitors' centre, in Poutoru
Did you know that?
- Taha'a used to be called Uporu or Kuporu.
- The island is nicknamed "Vanilla Island", because it is responsible for around 80% of Polynesian vanilla production.
- Most experts agree that the vanilla produced here is the best in the world.
- At 598 m, Mont Ohiri is the highest point on the island.
- Taha'a's lagoon has no fewer than thirty motus!
- The bay of Haamene is the deepest in French Polynesia.
- The distance separating Taha'a and Raiatea is less than 4 km.
Less than 4 km from Raiatea, and sharing the same lagoon, Taha'a is a green gem set in crystal-clear waters, which offers visitors a rare glimpse of authenticity. With no airport, it is accessible by boat from Raiatea.
The history of Taha'a is indissociable from that of Hiro, the legendary hero who carried out numerous exploits in time immemorial and left traces of his passage all over the island.
Known as "Vanilla Island" because of its many plantations, which give off a rich, powerful aroma, Taha'a is like a vast, colourful garden. 4x4 tours offer the opportunity to taste tropical fruits and to meet creative artisans, keen botanists and pearl farmers, delighted to share with you the secrets of the iridescent Tahitian pearl. Various hiking trails also enable you to explore this charming island at your own pace, amid lush vegetation which stretches right down to the water's edge.
Taha'a's lagoon is quite enchanting. Shimmering with every shade of blue and green, it contains over 30 motus, each one lovelier than the next, and coral gardens teeming with fish. Easily navigable, this exceptional lagoon has excellent moorings, making Taha'a a popular destination for pleasure boating. There is no shortage of water-based activities on offer, including guided tours of the island in motorised outrigger canoes, feeding thornback rays, discovering different marine species at the Lagoonarium, and dolphin watching.
Hotels and family-run guest houses usually meet their visitors at Raiatea airport. There is also a ferry service between the two islands (the crossing takes about thirty minutes).
Things to do
- Lagoon trips
- Visit of the marine turtle conservation centre
- Tours of pearl farms
- Motorboat hire
- Jet skiing
- Lagoon cruises
- Sport fishing at sea
- Scuba diving
- Bathing and snorkelling
- Visit of vanilla plantations, parks and gardens
- 4x4 safari tours
- Bicycle, car, bugster and buggy hire
Spa(s) and wellness centre(s):
- Le Spa by Le Taha'a, Le Taha’a Island Resort & Spa (Relais & Châteaux).
- Surface area: 88 km².
- Circumference: 70 km
- Highest point: Mont Ohiri (598 m)
- Districts: Patio (administrative centre), Faaaha, Haamene, Vaitoare, Poutoru, Tiva and Tapuamu (the island's main harbour).
- Population: approx. 5 011 inhabitants.
- Airport: There is no airport on Taha'a. To get there, you must take a ferry from Raiatea.
- Tourist office: In Haamene.
- Bank(s): Two - one branch of Banque Socredo, one branch of Banque de Tahiti. ATM(s).
- Post office(s): In Patio and Haamene.
- Public telephone(s): Available in all the villages.
- Shop(s): Food shops (Patio and Haamene). Lots of grocers in each village. Several local craft shops and craft centres (Haamene, Tapuamu, Poutoru, Tiva, Patio).
- Restaurant(s): Several snack bars.
- Healthcare: One medical centre (Patio). One doctor and chemist (Haamene).