If you're in pursuit of a beautiful and completely untouched tropical paradise - like something you'd see on a postcard - then Taha'a is the perfect fit.
Adding to its appeal is the fact that Taha'a is only accessible by boat from its sister island, Raiatea
. These two islands share the same lagoon and a common airport. Raiatea is a 45-minute flight from Tahiti
, or an even shorter flight from any of the neighboring islands. Once you arrive at the Raiatea Airport, Taha'a is just a few minutes away by boat.
Taha'a, The Vanilla Island
Known as the "Vanilla Island,
" Taha'a is as sweet as it sounds. The light, tropical breeze carries with it the scent of vanilla beans, making Taha'a one of the most fragrant of all the islands. True to its name, Taha'a produces more than 80% of the famous Tahitian Vanilla. And because it's so abundant, vanilla is used in everything from local cuisine to natural products. If you have an affinity for vanilla, this island is your paradise. You can even visit the vanilla plantations and purchase vanilla beans or extract to take a taste of Taha'a home with you.
In addition to the vanilla orchids, many other types of plants thrive here. Taha'a boasts an extensive tropical forest, which is home to a diversity of trees, flowers, fruits and other colorful vegetation. Because the island is so lush, Taha'a is ideal for hiking. The scenery here is especially breathtaking. You can explore its mountain peaks and deep valleys, uncover historical remnants throughout the dense vegetation, and discover many banana and taro plantations during your trek.
Snorkeling is also a popular activity in Taha'a. There is a ...
shallow coral garden between Motu Maharare and Motu Tautau where you can get up close and personal with the marine life. The current carries you through this reef, allowing you to simply drift across the surface and observe these creatures face-to-face in their natural habitat. There are many other water activities available. You can go deep-sea fishing, charter a sailboat, or dive to the lagoon's famous shipwreck.
The mainland of Taha'a is surrounded by tiny motu, or islets, which lay scattered across its vast lagoon. Each is an idyllic paradise of flawless white-sand beaches covered with palm trees. Many are isolated and would be the perfect locale for a private motu picnic during your stay. The others feature some of Tahiti's most secluded and luxurious resorts. The Le Taha'a Island Resort and Spa
is a gorgeous property and is a member of the prestigious Relais and Chateaux collection. Other options include the family-owned Vahine Private Island Resort, or the charming, nine-bungalow La Pirogue. All three of these properties offer their guests exclusive tranquility. You'll feel like you're completely hidden away from the rest of the world.
The sweet scent of vanilla, the abundance of flora and fauna and the beauty of its pristine landscape will definitely leave a lasting impression.