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Taha'a & Raiatea
The Sacred Island
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An enchanting paradise set in an emerald lagoon surrounded by "motu," tiny islets with superb white sandy beaches, Taha'a is an ancient volcano dominated by mount Ohiri (598 metres), with an exceptional panoramic view. Carved out with deep valley that give it its indented shape, this unspoit island is also reputed for its picturesque archaeological sites hidden among the palms, ferns and grasses that flourish up to the summit of the crests.
Vanilla islands so called because of the precious orchid that prospers in its numerous plantations, remains impregnated with the inebriating aroma of these pods that perfurme the coastal plains and small villages with hibiscus borders.
Discover the pearl in its authentically naturally preserved environment. Learn about the pearl farming world, from the mother-of-pearl shell to the pearl; the history, preparation for grafting, varieties of mother-of-pearl and their characteristics, preparation for harvesting. Presentation at a family pearl farm on mother-of-pearl grafting and the pearl in its pouch.
The Sacred Raiatea lies in the same lagoon as Taha'a, and was separated from it by an eel possessed by the spirit of a princess. It offers the magical atmosphere of an island steeped in legend, the veritable cradle of Polynesian civilisation. A number of marae, including that of Taputapuatea, bear witness to this.
The sanctuary was the seat of the religious and political power of the whole of Polynesia when the Europeans discovered it. This is where the head of the Polynesian civilisation is to be found. From the Faaroa, Passing alongside its numerous waterfalls, up to the summit of mount Temahani, where the "Tiare Apetahi" grows.
Raiatea is also a delight for divers who can explore marvellous underwater gardens near the coral reef. Many channel passes (narrow passages in the sea that allow boats to enter the lagoon) and ideal sailing conditions make Raiatea the perfect nautical centre.