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Taha'a

The Vanilla Island

Taha'a is a true botanical beauty. Her fertile valleys and sloping hillsides are covered with banana, watermelon and coconut groves. Suitably shaped like a flower, the island is also an immense natural greenhouse for the highly prized Tahitian vanilla orchid. Thanks to this abundance, the intoxicating scent of vanilla pervades the air in Taha'a, meaning this island is just as sweet as it sounds.

The Allure

Taha'a grows nearly 80% of all vanilla produced in French Polynesia. This sumptuous spice is therefore used in everything from the local cuisine to relaxing aromatherapy. We recommend visiting one of the many plantations and purchasing vanilla beans or extract to take a taste of Taha'a home with you.

The Locale

Beyond the fragrant fruits, Taha'a will draw you in with her ivory beaches, intricate coral gardens and secluded tranquility. Adding to this appeal is the fact that Taha'a is only accessible by boat from sister island Raiatea. These two islands are surrounded by a single continuous coral reef and share the same translucent lagoon. Once you arrive at the small airport on the coast of Raiatea, a 45-minute flight from Tahiti, Taha'a is just a few short minutes away by boat.

Recreation

Since the scenery here is especially remarkable, Taha'a is ideal for hiking. You can explore these ascending slopes and deep valleys while discovering the diverse flora and fauna along the way. We also recommend a Jeep Safari tour of the island. Most guided excursions include a visit to the vanilla plantation and a local pearl farm, which really encompasses the primary attractions on the mainland.

Snorkeling is also a popular pastime in Taha'a. There is a shallow coral garden between Motu Maharare and Motu Tautau where you can drift snorkel amidst scores of intensely hued tropical fish. The current carries you effortlessly through the reef, allowing you to simply float across the surface and gaze at this underwater maze. You can also enjoy Jet Skiing, fishing, sailing and diving. Across the lagoon, the island of Raiatea is the nautical center of Tahiti, meaning you can easily reserve a catamaran for the day. The waters between these two islands are home to a number of caverns and shipwrecks, creating a nirvana for avid scuba divers.

Accommodation

The mainland of Taha'a is surrounded by tiny islets, or motu, which lay scattered across the lagoon. Each is an idyllic locale with flawless beaches covered in white sand and swaying palms. Many are isolated and provide the ultimate setting for a picnic lunch during your stay. The others feature some of Tahiti's most secluded hotels. Le Taha'a Island Resort & Spa is an elegant resort that is part of the prestigious Relais & Châteaux Group. Another option is the charming Vahine Private Island Resort, which features a limited selection of intimate overwater bungalows and beachfront suites.

Final Impression

Sweet and seductive, the island of Taha'a will engage and heighten each of your senses. One of our favorite picks for a romantic honeymoon escape, this is a wonderful island to pair with Bora Bora—or even visit instead of Bora Bora. Stay on the northwest coast and you can admire Bora Bora from afar, watching the sun set behind her iconic silhouette on the nearby horizon as you breathe in the irresistible scent of vanilla.

Hotels

Le Taha'a Island Resort and Spa

Le Taha'a Island Resort & Spa is an elegant resort and a member of the prestigious Relais & Châteaux Collection. Located thirty minutes by boat from the island of Raiatea, this luxury hotel is situated on a small, private islet with...

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Vahine Island Private Resort

Vahine Island is located on a small private islet along the northeastern coral reef surrounding Taha'a. Only thirty minutes away by boat from Raiatea, this prime placement delivers scenic views of Taha'a, Raiatea, Huahine and Bora Bora. Tucked...

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Packages

Taha'a Dream

Featuring 50% savings at Le Taha`a Island Resort

from $3,250 pp

Vahine Private Island

Featuring the Vahine Island Private Resort

from $3,550 pp

Taha`a Dream Honeymoon

Featuring Le Taha`a Private Island

from $3,695 pp

Moorea & Taha'a Dream Honeymoon

Featuring the InterContinental Moorea Resort and Le Taha'a Island Resort

from $4,395 pp

Taha`a Te Uporu Wedding

Featuring Le Taha`a Private Island

from $4,495 pp

Taha'a and Tikehau Discovery

Featuring Vahine Island and Ninamu Resorts

from $4,995 pp

Three Island Allure

Featuring Moorea, Bora Bora and Taha'a

from $5,095 pp

Sunshine, Sea and Sanctuary

Featuring Vahine Island Private Resort and Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island

from $5,200 pp

Land and Lagoon Honeymoon

Featuring Tahiti Yacht Charter and the InterContinental Bora Bora Thalasso

from $5,650 pp

Three Island Honeymoon Allure

Featuring Moorea, Bora Bora and Taha`a

from $5,995 pp

Polynesian Surf and Turf

Featuring a Private Yacht Charter Cruise, with stays in Bora Bora and Huahine

from $5,995 pp

Perfect Paradise

Featuring a Private Yacht Charter Cruise, with stays in Bora Bora and Moorea

from $6,095 pp

Idyllic Indulgence Honeymoon

Featuring Le Taha'a Island Resort and the InterContinental Bora Bora Thalasso

from $6,150 pp

Tahitian Affair, by Island Escape

Luxury Small-Ship Society Islands Cruise

from $6,595 pp

Leeward Island Explorer

Featuring 6-night Yacht Charter and Four Seasons Bora Bora

from $7,995 pp

Activities

Tahitian Dance Lesson - 1 Hour

Learn how to sway your hips to the sounds of the Tahitian drums and the ukulele. Your instructor will first show you the different ways to wear a Polynesian pareo, then teach you the basics of this traditional art. You`ll learn the movements that make...

from $33 pp

Overland Safari (4 Hours)

Explore the beautiful interior of Taha`a by 4x4 and discover its luxurious tropical vegetation with a friendly guide. You`ll taste the local fruit and admire breathtaking views of the magnificent turquoise bay of Haamene. This excursion also includes...

from $82 pp

First Dive

Discover a wide range of dive sites near the islands of Taha`a and Raiatea. You`ll have the opportunity to admire a variety of marine species that thrive in this extraordinary aquatic environment. A wide variety of options are available for divers, enquire...

from $87 pp

Taha'a and Its Coral Garden, half-day

Journey through Taha`a and discover the island`s expansive coral garden. You`ll first visit the island`s vanilla plantations, pearl farms, and turtle protection sites. Then, you`ll end your adventure at a beautiful coral garden where you`ll have the chance...

from $92 pp

Lagoon Safari (3.5 Hours)

Watch stingrays and sharks being fed in their natural environment from the hands of your local guide. You`ll have the unique opportunity to swim with these surprisingly gentle creatures. This half-day excursion requires a minimum of four people to operate....

from $95 pp

Taha'a and Its Coral Garden - Full-day

Journey through Taha`a and discover the island`s expansive coral garden. You`ll first visit the island`s vanilla plantations, pearl farms, and turtle protection sites. Then, you`ll end your adventure at a beautiful coral garden where you`ll have the chance...

from $126 pp

Private Raiatea Discovery Tour

Explore the sacred island of Raiatea with this half-day discovery tour. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, you`ll travel by private air-conditioned minibus and visit Faaroa Bay, the river, and the botanical gardens. You`ll also learn about the Polynesian...

from $176 pp

Jet Ski with Local Guide

Spend a few hours exploring the lagoon by Jet Ski. You`ll be accompanied by a local guide and stop for a portion of time to snorkel. Price is per person for 2 people sharing a jet ski. Available only to guests of Le Taha'a Resort and Spa....

from $197 pp

Taha'a Between Land and Sea

Discover the beautiful island of Taha`a by both land and sea. You`ll begin your adventure by jeep and explore the island`s inner rainforest where your local guide will take you on the ultimate botanical tour. You`ll even have the chance to enjoy a complimentary...

from $283 pp

Private Sunset Cruise

Discover the beauty of the islands and enjoy amazing views of a picturesque sunset as you cruise the lagoon waters of Taha`a aboard a private boat. Price listed is per couple based on 2 persons cruising together. ...

from $331 pp

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