Taha’a
French Polynesia

Taha’a


Destination Overview

The vanilla-scented breezes are the secret ingredient that sets Taha’a apart, even amid the tropical beauty of French Polynesia. The island with its blue lagoon is so remote that you can only reach it by boat, airplane or helicopter. When you spend your Taha’a honeymoon at one of the few resorts on the island, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped outside of time into a place created just for the two of you. You couldn’t ask for better for the first romantic trip of your married life.

Taha’a is also known as Vanilla Island because of the many vanilla farms which produce some of the most fragrant vanilla in the world. It’s a short flight from Tahiti to the nearby island of Raiatea, where you can get a shuttle boat, seaplane or helicopter to take you to Taha’a.

Taha’a and its sister island Raiatea surround a blue lagoon, which is one of the largest in French Polynesia. The two islands are so close together that they’re thought to be the peaks of a submerged volcano, now covered in lush green vegetation. The white sand beaches, the palm trees growing sideways and the crystal clear waters of the lagoon all combine to make this a magical place.

Taha’a is famous for its coral gardens, with colorful, healthy coral plants and many species of tropical fish and other maritime creatures living there. A unique feature of snorkeling in the lagoon is that you are carried through it on an underwater current. As you drift along, you’ll see anemones, clownfish, butterfly fish, lion fish, giant blue clams, octopus, stingrays, eels, and more.

Take a cruise on a Polynesian outrigger canoe, built according to the traditional designs that carried the Polynesian people around the Pacific islands. For adventures on land, go hiking along the mountain trails, or take a Jeep Safari inland. Kayak the only navigable river in French Polynesia on the nearby island of Raiatea.

Learn about the culture of the island, with classes in traditional dance, Polynesian feasts and visits to the vanilla and pearl farms. Thee are only a few resorts on Taha’a, so you’ll have plenty of privacy and quiet to enjoy your tropical paradise.


About Taha’a

At a Glance

  • Taha’a is a major center for vanilla production and is responsible for more than 70% of all vanilla produced in French Polynesia.
  • Taha’a’s blue lagoon has a population of healthy, colorful coral plants.
  • Snorkeling through the coral garden while floating in an underwater current is one of the unique experiences you will have on the island. The corals, anemones and giant clams create a habitat for brightly colored tropical fish and other underwater creatures.
  • Enjoy the tastes of the island with vanilla-flavored dishes and cocktails. The food combines Polynesian and French cuisines, with fresh seafood and produce.
  • Discover the inland mountains and valleys on foot, by Jeep, and ATV.

Honeymoon Hints

  • Take a catamaran cruise on a traditional Polynesian double-hull outrigger canoe.
  • Visit a vanilla farm and check out the taste and flavor of vanilla tahitensis.
  • Spa treatments use Polynesian rituals of wellness to bring you into harmony with yourselves and the beautiful world around you.
  • Enjoy special events like traditional feasts and dance ceremonies for the full Polynesian island experience.

Travel Tips

  • GETTING THERE: Air Tahiti has a service to the nearby island of Raiatea. From there you can get to Taha’a by shuttle boat, outrigger canoe, seaplane or helicopter.
  • GETTING AROUND: On the island, you can get by on foot or bikes. Explore inland on a Jeep Safari or hop on to ATVs to get really close to the rainforest.
  • WEATHER: Average daytime temperatures are a balmy 84 degrees Fahrenheit all year. Summer months can get very humid with high rainfall. Evenings can get cooler so a light jacket or wrap may be needed.
  • WHEN TO GO: The winter months from May to October have near-perfect weather, with lower humidity.
  • PREPARE FOR PARADISE: When snorkeling among the corals, protective gear will prevent cuts. Good underwater shoes, long sleeved neoprene shirts and pants, and gloves will he,p keep you safe.

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