Raiatea

French Polynesia

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Cruises to Raiatea

Meaning “Faraway Heaven,” Raiatea is an island of astounding beauty, ancient myths and home to French Polynesia’s largest outdoor temple (marae). Many believe the island is the center from which the great Polynesian migration started and is considered the most sacred island in the South Pacific. A coral reef teeming with colorful marine life surrounds Raiatea in a tranquil lagoon – ideal for snorkeling and diving. After a dip in the lagoon, explore lush rainforests and the extinct volcano Mount Temehani. Enjoy your day on this culturally significant island where history, legend and natural beauty intertwine.

What you NEED TO KNOW

  • Port Name & Location
    Your ship will dock at this port.
  • Time Zone
    THAT (Tahiti Time) UTC-10 hours
  • Language
    The local language is French.
  • Currency & Shopping
    Local currency is the CFP Franc (XPF)
    • Best Way to Get Around
      Organized shore excursions.
    • Famous For
      The Faaroa River winds through a lush rainforest, providing a great way to explore the island via canoe, kayak or motorboat.
    • Fun Fact: Foodies
      Restaurants in Raiatea specialize in serving a variety of French, Polynesian and international cuisine.
    • Fun Fact: Landmarks
      Marae Taputapuatea, on the southeast coast of Raiatea, is one of the most sacred and best-preserved maraes (temples) in French Polynesia.

Raiatea TOP EXCURSIONS

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We know the destinations you'll be visiting and what there is to see, do and experience. We offer you a variety of excursions to choose from, in every port you'll visit.

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Lagoon Cruise & Beach Break

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Motu Beach Escapade

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Aito Off-Road Safari

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Shark & Stingray Snorkel Safari

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