We made the short crossing from Huahine to Tahaa and spent the afternoon
behind this small motu just inside the pass....
....with a view of Raiatea to the south. Tahaa and Raiatea are in the
same lagoon. You can go all
the way round Tahaa inside the lagoon, but only 3 quarters of the way
In the evening we went to a beautifula bay on the west coast of Tahaa,
surrounded by lush vegetation
and anchored in splendid isolation.
The French couple who live here arrived in a yacht 25 years ago and having
found paradise they stayed.
They run botanical tours and whilst we did not go on one, they let us
wander in their magnificent
This is a vanilla plant which is a species of orchid.
Sandra is holding a vanilla pod. When the pods turn black, they can
There is a good view of Bora Bora, our next destination, from the north
west end of Tahaa.
Between the two islands there is a beautiful coral garden which you can
drift through with the current.
When we were last here we had a wonderful fish soup at this hotel, but
unfortunately not this time as
it was closed.
Uturoa on Raiatea is the second largest town in French Polynesia, but is
very small compared to
The river Apooiti on Raiatea is navigable for some miles by dinghy.
There are many small farms on the banks of the river.
On the way back we met this tourist boat turning around as they can't get
up the river as far as we
could in the dinghy.
The ancient ruins are the spiritual home of the Polynesians. Raiatea
was originally know as Havaiki,
and from here the great migrations that settle Hawaii, the Marquesas and
New Zealand were supposed
to have departed.
This pearl farm building would make a nice week end retreat.
The southern end of Raiatea is remote and wild.