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Raiatea, French Polynesia

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Ra'iātea, French Polynesia

Experience isn’t necessary for those who wish to paddle the only navigable river in French Polynesia, as wide Faaroa Bay narrows into a serene channel shaded by a tropical jungle canopy. This is South Pacific kayaking at its most relaxing,...

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Opoa, French Polynesia

A visit to this national monument in Opoa is key to understanding the soul of Raiatea. This marae—the most sacred communal place to ancient Tahitians—consists of three large stone platforms as well as shrines and expressive tikis. The...

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'Uturoa, French Polynesia

Accessible from Uturoa, this steep, gravelly trail takes about an hour to climb up (and 30 minutes to descend). To find the trailhead, make a left at the stop sign just past the post office on the main road, and then bear right and look for signs...

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While not the tallest mountain on Raiatea—that distinction belongs to 1,017-meter-tall (3,337-foot-tall) Mount Tefatoaiti—Mount Temehani is the island's most sacred. And at 772 meters (2,532 feet), it’s plenty scenic, too. But...

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Combining an up-close demonstration of how Tahitian black pearls are cultivated with a scenic lagoon excursion (and even an opportunity to snorkel Raiatea’s crystal-clear waters), a trip to the Anapa Pearl Farm is as enjoyable as it is...

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French Polynesia

If a lunch of artful Polynesian-French-fusion cuisine prepared with mainly local ingredients sounds like the perfect way to savor a day on Raiatea, head for the restaurant at this small colonial-style hotel that’s a 10-minute drive from...

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'Uturoa, French Polynesia

Raiatea’s sole Chinese restaurant, conveniently situated on the main street in Uturoa, is family-owned and a local favorite (the island has a sizable Chinese population). You’ll find a menu of consistently well-prepared and authentic...

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Gare Maritime d'UTUROA - BP 1460 - 98735 UTUROA RAIATEA, Rue Super Marché LIAUT, Uturoa 98735, French Polynesia

Located on the waterfront next to the cruise-ship dock in Uturoa, this shopping center is home to a small assortment of clothing and jewelry boutiques. Locals also set up stands outside to sell handicrafts, such as wood carvings, shell necklaces...

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'Uturoa, French Polynesia

Uturoa’s local town market, which opens at sunrise daily (but only stays open for a few hours on Sundays), offers a selection of hand-crafted souvenirs and pareus on its upper level as well as a vast selection of Raiatea’s freshest...