The first populated island in the Polynesian triangle, Raiatea claims to be the center of the migratory flow. True cradle of the Maohi culture, the island is among those offering the greatest diversity of activities. Although it has no white sandy beaches as far as the eye can see, it can nevertheless count on its green mountains and lush vegetation. The heart of the island is ideal for superb hiking, horseback riding, quad biking and 4×4 excursions.
Accessible in about 4 hours, Mount Temehani is probably the most famous for its viewpoint but also because it is home to the apetahi tiara, an endemic species that refuses to grow on any other site. Your efforts will be rewarded all along the trail with short breaks at the three waterfalls that embellish the route.
A small peculiarity, Raiatea is the only island in Polynesia to have a navigable river, the Faaroa. Bordered by lush vegetation and prolific nature, it offers a lovely walk in the heart of a charming botanical garden.
Moreover, since Raiatea shares the same lagoon as Taha’a, it would be a pity not to stop on the sister island to make a detour to the coral garden, visit a pearl farm and survey a vanilla plantation.