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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 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 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

Vahine Private Island

Vahine Private Island

Featuring the Vahine Island Private Resort

from $3,225 pp
Taha`a Dream Honeymoon

Taha`a Dream Honeymoon

Featuring Le Taha`a Private Island

from $3,575 pp
Taha`a Te Uporu Wedding

Taha`a Te Uporu Wedding

Featuring Le Taha`a Private Island

from $4,475 pp
Moorea & Taha'a Dream Honeymoon

Moorea & Taha'a Dream Honeymoon

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

from $4,950 pp
Taha'a and Tikehau Discovery

Taha'a and Tikehau Discovery

Featuring Vahine Island and Ninamu Resorts

from $5,350 pp
Lovely Lagoons

Lovely Lagoons

Featuring the Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort and Le Taha'a Island Resort

from $5,550 pp
Three Island Allure

Three Island Allure

Featuring Moorea, Bora Bora and Taha'a

from $5,750 pp
Sunshine, Sea and Sanctuary

Sunshine, Sea and Sanctuary

Featuring Vahine Island Private Resort and Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island

from $5,895 pp
Polynesian Surf and Turf

Polynesian Surf and Turf

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

from $6,275 pp
Land and Lagoon Honeymoon

Land and Lagoon Honeymoon

Featuring Tahiti Yacht Charter and the InterContinental Bora Bora Thalasso

from $6,300 pp
Perfect Paradise

Perfect Paradise

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

from $6,750 pp
Three Island Honeymoon Allure

Three Island Honeymoon Allure

Featuring Moorea, Bora Bora and Taha`a

from $6,895 pp
Idyllic Indulgence Honeymoon

Idyllic Indulgence Honeymoon

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

from $7,450 pp
Leeward Island Explorer

Leeward Island Explorer

Featuring 6-night Yacht Charter and Four Seasons Bora Bora

from $8,400 pp
Emerald Enchantment

Emerald Enchantment

Featuring the Hilton Moorea, Le Taha`a and St Regis

from $8,800 pp
Island Sanctuary

Island Sanctuary

Featuring Le Taha'a Island Resort and The Brando

from $10,800 pp
Luxuries of Land and Lagoon

Luxuries of Land and Lagoon

Featuring a Private Cruise, the St Regis Resort and the Brando

from $15,500 pp

Activities

Tahitian Dance Lesson

Tahitian Dance Lesson

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 $38 pp
Taha'a Bicycle Tour

Taha'a Bicycle Tour

Discover a working pearl farm, the rum distillery and the secrets of the Taha'a forests while riding your bike with a knowledgeable guide. Available only to guests of Le Taha'a Resort and Spa. ...

from $70 pp
Faaroa River Kayak Excursion

Faaroa River Kayak Excursion

Explore Raiatea's lush jungle interior with a guided kayak excursion down the Faaroa River, French Polynesia's only navigable river. It is recommended that you bring a hat, bug spray, and sunscreen. Available only to guests of Le Taha'a Resort...

from $72 pp
Overland Safari

Overland Safari

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 $94 pp
Island Culture Tour with Polynesian Guide

Island Culture Tour with Polynesian Guide

Your local guide will lead you on a discovery of his culture, passed down from generation to generation. Learn of the abundant richness of the environment as he shares his passion for the island's flora and fauna. Available only to guests of Le Taha'a...

from $105 pp
First Dive

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 $115 pp
Jet Ski with Local Guide

Jet Ski with Local Guide

Explore the lagoon of Taha'a 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 $120 pp
Lagoon Safari

Lagoon Safari

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 $130 pp
Mahana Moe Moea Tour with Lunch

Mahana Moe Moea Tour with Lunch

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 $135 pp
Faaroa River and Ancient Marae Tour with Lunch

Faaroa River and Ancient Marae Tour with Lunch

Discover the Faaroa River, Tahiti's only navigable river, by kayak with your expert guide leading the way through Raiatea's verdant interior. Then by car you will visit the ancient marae temple at Taputapuatea, which was recently designated a...

from $145 pp
Taha'a Between Land and Sea

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 $188 pp
Private Raiatea Discovery Tour

Private Raiatea Discovery Tour

Enjoy a tour of Raiatea, the "Sacred Island", in an air-conditioned car with driver. Visit the Faaroa Bay and the ancient marae temple at Taputapuatea that has been recently designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will learn about Polynesian...

from $210 pp
Private Sunset Cruise

Private Sunset Cruise

Enjoy a romantic sunset cruise with Polynesian melodies played by a local guide and his ukelele. Appreciate the moment when the sun disappears behind the ocean line bordering the majestic Bora Bora Island. Price listed is per person based on 2 persons...

from $240 pp
Bora Bora Yacht Cruise with Motu Lunch

Bora Bora Yacht Cruise with Motu Lunch

Enjoy a one-hour cruise to the lagoon of Bora Bora (depending on weather and sea conditions) aboard the fully air-conditioned 45-ft O' Hanalei II. You will have the opportunity to swim with the rays and sharks and snorkel in the Lagoonarium. For lunch...

from $5,600 pp

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