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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. 

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.

Featured Taha'a Vacations

Islands of Discovery, Raiatea & Taha`a

Islands of Discovery, Raiatea & Taha`a

Featuring the Raiatea Lodge & Vahine Island

Escape to what is believed to be the birthplace of Polynesia. Discover the rugged beauty and rich history of Raiatea, the location of the UNESCO World Heritage site, Taputapuatea. Then glide across the lagoon to the island of Taha`a to explore the coconut groves and white sand beaches. Includes roundtrip international air from Los Angeles, all transfers and inter-island air, four nights in a Lagoon View Room at Raiatea Lodge, three nights in a Beach Bungalow at Vahine Island, daily breakfast, dinner, and more. 

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$3,895

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7 Nights

Nuku Hiva & Taha`a Adventure

Nuku Hiva & Taha`a Adventure

Featuring Le Nuku Hiva & Le Tahaa

Experience the rugged beauty and authentic culture of the Marquesas. After a pre-night in Tahiti, spend four nights at the Le Nuku Hiva in a Bay View Bungalow. Then indulge yourselves for four nights in an overwater villa at the romantic and secluded Le Taha`a Resort, located on its own private islet motu. Includes roundtrip international airfare, inter-island air, guided hiking tour, 4x4 visits of Koueva archeological site and the Hatiheu Valley, Lagoon safari, Jet Ski tour, couples massage, and more.

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$6,095

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9 Nights

Accommodations

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.

Le Taha'a by Pearl Resorts

Le Taha'a by Pearl Resorts

Le Taha'a 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 spectacular views of Taha'a and Bora Bora and easy access to an extraordinary coral garden. Each overwater bungalow features a large deck with privacy enclosure, while the beach villas feature their own secluded courtyard with plunge pools hidden behind rock walls.

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Paul Gauguin Cruises

Paul Gauguin Cruises

Designed specifically for Polynesia, the Paul Gauguin is a deluxe vessel offering all-inclusive small-ship luxury to just 332 guests. Flawless, friendly service from a European-trained staff emulates the delightfully unhurried and unregimented Polynesian way of life. Spacious ocean-view staterooms, most with balconies or verandas, open to sweet-scented tropical breezes and lush island vistas. Fine international and French cuisine is served on an open-seating basis in three restaurants. Polynesia's translucent, shimmering aqua lagoons are begging to be explored and there is no better place to do so than from the Paul Gauguin's retractable watersports marina. 

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Tahiti Yacht Charter

Tahiti Yacht Charter

Experience the luxury of private yacht cruising in Tahiti with custom cruise itineraries through Bora Bora, Raiatea, Taha’a and Huahine aboard your own private catamaran. Enjoy secluded white sand beaches, stop at a remote motu and swim in translucent lagoons – the beauty of Tahiti Yacht Charter is you can do as much or as little as you want. The crew will tailor your sailing experience to your desires, taking into account the type of catamaran, the season and the duration of your cruise. The fleet of 30 modern and luxurious catamarans can accommodate anywhere from two to twelve people. Each is equipped with two kayaks, two floating hammocks, dinghy, snorkeling and fishing gear.
 

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Vahine Island Resort & Spa

Vahine Island Resort & Spa

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 inside a pristine coconut grove, this intimate boutique hotel provides the ultimate privacy and blends seamlessly with the island's natural environment.

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La Pirogue Api

La Pirogue Api

La Pirogue Api is located on a small private motu off the eastern coast of Taha'a. Just twenty minutes away by boat from Raiatea's airport, this boutique hotel commands beautiful views of Taha'a and Bora Bora in the distance. Nestled amidst a lush coconut grove, this intimate retreat provides blissful seclusion and an authentic French Polynesian atmosphere. 

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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. Raiatea is also home to the UNESCO designated historic site, Taputapuatea, one of Polynesia's oldest and largest ancient temples called a 'marae'. The waters between these two islands are home to a number of caverns and shipwrecks, creating a nirvana for avid scuba divers.

Taha'a Activities

Tahitian Dance Lesson

Tahitian Dance Lesson

A sensual swaying of the hips to the sounds of the drums Toere and the Ukulele, unlocking the secrets of the coded language of the pelvic and arms movements that are the grace of the Oritahiti (a rapid and rhythmic dance) and of the Aparima (slow dance). Your dance instructor will show you the different ways of wearing the pareo, teach you the basics of this traditional art which is passed down from generation to generation and invite you to share her passion for traditional Polynesian dance forms. Price is per person based on two people sharing the dance lesson.

Available only to guests of Le Taha'a Resort and Spa.

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$88

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Overland 4x4 Safari of Taha'a

Overland 4x4 Safari of Taha'a

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 a visit to the pearl farm, a rum distillery and a traditional vanilla plantation. Available for guests staying at Le Taha`a Island Resort and Spa.

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$107

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First Dive

First Dive

Discover the colorful coral gardens and sealife of Taha`a. Introductory dives take place in a secure area inside the lagoon, at a maximum depth of 20-feet. Enjoy the new sensation of diving with your qualified instructor. This is a lagoon dive for beginners.

 Available only to guests of Le Taha'a Resort and Spa.

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$140

PP

Lagoon Safari

Lagoon Safari

In the middle of the Taha’a island lagoon, you will be able to live a unique experience with fish, rays and sharks! Visit the most beautiful coral gardens, to the sound of our guide`s ukulele. This half-day excursion requires a minimum of four people to operate.

Available only to guests of Le Taha'a Resort and Spa.

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$146

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4x4 Safari & ATV Adventure with Lunch

4x4 Safari & ATV Adventure with Lunch

Discover Taha'a by 4x4 and visit a pearl farm and a traditional vanilla plantation with your local guide. After a freshly prepared lunch, hop aboard your ATV for a thrilling afternoon adventure exploring the verdant jungle of Taha'a. Price is per person, based on two people sharing one ATV. 

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$188

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Mahana Moe Moea Tour with Lunch

Mahana Moe Moea Tour with Lunch

Discover the secrets of the sea and the Fenua of Taha`a. Visit a working pearl farm, a traditional vanilla plantation and the Rum Distillery with our local guide. Then cruise to several of the islands best snorkeling spots, including the coral gardens. You will have a chance to meet the sharks and rays. Includes a freshly prepared local lunch on a motu with your guide. Four adults or more passengers are required to operate tour.

 Available only to guests of Le Taha'a Resort and Spa.

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$204

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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 4x4 jeep exploring the island`s inner rainforest along with a vanilla plantation, pearl farm and rum distillery. On the second half of the excursion, you`ll explore the magnificent lagoon by Jet Ski.

Available only to guests of Le Taha'a Resort and Spa. 

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$235

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Salty Discovery by Jet Ski, Tandem

Salty Discovery by Jet Ski, Tandem

Explore the lagoon of Taha'a by Jet Ski. You`ll be accompanied by a local guide including a stop at the Oromahana coral garden to snorkel with the stingrays and reef sharks. Includes refreshments. Price is per person for 2 people sharing a jet ski.

Available only to guests of Le Taha'a Resort and Spa.

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$236

PP

Private Sunset Cruise

Private Sunset Cruise

Enjoy a romantic sunset cruise with Polynesian melodies played by a local guide and his ukelele.  Your captain will take you to the side of Bora Bora to end the day in style in our little paradise. Appreciate the moment when the sun disappears behind the ocean line bordering the majestic Bora Bora Island. In addition, take full advantage of your captain`s attention to ask questions and learn more about the island and the lagoon`s unique marine ecosystem. Price listed is per person based on 2 persons cruising together. 

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$260

PP

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