Raiatea

French Polynesia

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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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Taha’a Cultural Experience

Delve into traditional Tahitian culture by cruising to nearby Tahaa to discover how vanilla is grown and black pearls ar...

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Vanilla Flavor & Motu Picnic

Cruise to the island of Tahaa to visit a vanilla farm and then visit a small islet nearby to comb the beaches, snorkel a...

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River & Motu by Outrigger Canoe

Explore Raiatea's abundant flora and fauna during this journey through the on a motorized outrigger canoe with a breach ...

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Raiatea East Coast Highlights

Settle in for an enlightening drive along Raiatea’s eastern shore, stopping along the way at attractions of immense cult...

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12-Day South Pacific From Honolulu to Papeete: Bora Bora, Kauai & Maui

12-Day South Pacific From Honolulu to Papeete: Bora Bora, Kauai & Maui

Enjoy an overnight stay in Kaua'i. | Best Cruise Line, Hawaii (Gold) - Travvy Awards 2020. | Enjoy laid-back luxury on the completely renovated Norwegian Spirit.
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PORTS OF CALL EMBARK Honolulu (Oahu);
Nāwiliwili (Kaua`i); Kahului (Maui); Hilo (Hawaii); Raiatea (French Polynesia); Bora Bora (French Polynesia); Moorea (French Polynesia);
DISEMBARK Papeete (Tahiti);
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7-Day South Pacific Round-trip Papeete: Bora Bora, Moorea & Raiatea

7-Day South Pacific Round-trip Papeete: Bora Bora, Moorea & Raiatea

Experience the best of the South Pacific. | Discover pristine amenities aboard the all-new Norwegian Spirit.
SHIP Norwegian Spirit
PORTS OF CALL EMBARK Papeete (Tahiti);
Huahine (French Polynesia); Raiatea (French Polynesia); Bora Bora (French Polynesia); Moorea (French Polynesia);
DISEMBARK Papeete (Tahiti);
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12-Day South Pacific From Papeete to Honolulu: Bora Bora, Kauai & Maui

12-Day South Pacific From Papeete to Honolulu: Bora Bora, Kauai & Maui

Discover beauty at every turn on your cruise aboard Norwegian Spirit. | Toast incredible moments with our unique onboard bars.
SHIP Norwegian Spirit
PORTS OF CALL EMBARK Papeete (Tahiti);
Moorea (French Polynesia); Bora Bora (French Polynesia); Raiatea (French Polynesia); Nāwiliwili (Kaua`i); Hilo (Hawaii); Kahului (Maui);
DISEMBARK Honolulu (Oahu);
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