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    Vanilla Flavor & Motu Picnic

    Raiatea, French Polynesia

    Duration 3 1/2 hrs

    Cruise to the island of Tahaa to visit a vanilla farm and then visit a small islet nearby to comb the beaches, snorkel and enjoy a typical Polynesian picnic lunch. ...
    Cruise to the island of Tahaa to visit a vanilla farm and then visit a small islet nearby to comb the beaches, snorkel and enjoy a typical Polynesian picnic lunch. more...

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


    After departing from the pier in a boat, you will soon enter the protected turquoise lagoon that encircles Raiatea, an island whose name translates to faraway heaven. Upon arriving at the nearby island of Tahaa, it’s a short walk to reach the vanilla plantation. Seventy percent of the vanilla grown in French Polynesia is from Tahaa and it makes for a wonderfully fragrant setting. While strolling about, you can expect to see and smell aromatic vanilla pods curing in the sun. You may also walk among the rows of climbing orchids that produce the pods and learn how they are hand-pollinated. You will also have time to shop for vanilla-infused products.


    Re-boarding your boat, it’s a short cruise to one of the lagoon’s gorgeous reef islets, known as motus. Few places are so relaxing, serene and ideal for beachcombing. An island style lunch will be served during your time on the motu, and the remainder of your stay will be free to do as you please. You might sunbathe or relax in the shade, doing nothing more ambitious than watching the waves gently lap at the shore. Or you may enjoy a refreshing swim and a bit of snorkeling (mask and snorkel provided).


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    • Adult from: $139.00 USD
    • Child from: $139.00 USD
    DURATION 3 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
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    River & Motu by Outrigger Canoe

    Raiatea, French Polynesia

    Duration 3 hrs

    Explore Raiatea's abundant flora and fauna during this journey through the on a motorized outrigger canoe with a breach break at one of the many small islets. ...
    Explore Raiatea's abundant flora and fauna during this journey through the on a motorized outrigger canoe with a breach break at one of the many small islets. more...

    Explore Raiatea's abundant flora and fauna during this journey through the on a motorized outrigger canoe with a breach break at one of the many small islets.


    Board your motorized outrigger canoe at the pier and glide over the waters of Raiatea's deep blue lagoon towards the mouth of the Faaroa River; Polynesia's only navigable river. Along the way, you will see wild hibiscus, or purau, bamboo groves, chestnut trees, ginger flowers, villages and more. Your guide will also share a bit of Polynesian history and folklore.


    Leaving the river, you’ll stop at a motu (islet) where you can swim and relax while enjoying some refreshments.


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    • Adult from: $89.00 USD
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    DURATION 3 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
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    Raiatea East Coast Highlights

    Raiatea, French Polynesia

    Duration 3 1/2 hrs

    Settle in for an enlightening drive along Raiatea’s eastern shore, stopping along the way at attractions of immense cultural and historical significance. The islanders have long cultivated pearls, and you will observe how they produce these lustrous natural gemstones at an aquatic farm within the warm waters of the surrounding lagoon. ...
    Settle in for an enlightening drive along Raiatea’s eastern shore, stopping along the way at attractions of immense cultural and historical significance. The islanders have long cultivated pearls, and you will observe how they produce these lustrous natural gemstones at an aquatic farm within the warm waters of the surrounding lagoon. more...

    Settle in for an enlightening drive along Raiatea’s eastern shore, stopping along the way at attractions of immense cultural and historical significance. The islanders have long cultivated pearls, and you will observe how they produce these lustrous natural gemstones at an aquatic farm within the warm waters of the surrounding lagoon. Ancient seafaring Polynesians passed through a break in the lagoon reef to reach Marae Taputapuātea, a sacred setting for political and ceremonial events. UNESCO deemed the setting worthy of a World Heritage site designation for being an exceptional testimony to a millennium of Polynesian history. It is one of the most important marae in the islands and was dedicated to Oro, the god of war, who was a significant figure in the area’s ancient religion. Raiatea’s climate is ideal for growing fruit, and you will sample a variety of exotic varieties for a glimpse into the local diet. The starch-heavy staple breadfruit or uru will likely be offered.


    HIGHLIGHTS:
    • Observe how pearls are cultivated in the turquoise lagoon that surrounds Raiatea. • Visit a sacred World Heritage site where ancient Polynesians held religious ceremonies. • Sample a variety of exotic fruits that flourish on the island.

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    • Adult from: $99.00 USD
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    DURATION 3 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
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    Opoa & Taputapuatea

    Raiatea, French Polynesia

    Duration 3 1/2 hrs

    Delve deeply into the ancient origins of the Polynesian culture at a sacred national monument in the village of Opoa. ...
    Delve deeply into the ancient origins of the Polynesian culture at a sacred national monument in the village of Opoa. more...

    Delve deeply into the ancient origins of the Polynesian culture at a sacred national monument in the village of Opoa.


    On the way, you will first pause at an aquatic farm to see how exquisite pearls at cultivated in the turquoise seas surrounding Raiatea. It makes a wonderful prelude to visiting Marae Taputapuatea, a holy communal site on the coast where Polynesians held religious and social ceremonies long before missionaries arrived. As you peruse the stone-paved platforms and shrines, the guide will elaborate on the significance of this particular marae, which UNESCO declared an esteemed World Heritage site.


    In general, marae are places where ancient Polynesians believed that the living world intersected with the world of their ancestors and gods. Marae Taputapuatea overlooks a sacred opening in the reef through which visitors by sea arrived. Following your enlightening visit to the marae, you will stop a private home to observe how the owner grows vanilla plants.

    HIGHLIGHTS
    • Observe how pearls are cultivated in the surrounding turquoise seas. • Visit a sacred World Heritage site where ancient Polynesians held religious ceremonies. • Stop by a local residence to see how the homeowner grows vanilla plants.


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    • Adult from: $129.00 USD
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    DURATION 3 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
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    Waverunner Adventure

    Raiatea, French Polynesia

    Duration 2 hrs

    Take the controls of a Waverunner and zip through the gorgeous, crystal-clear lagoon off Raiatea for an exhilarating ride like no other. ...
    Take the controls of a Waverunner and zip through the gorgeous, crystal-clear lagoon off Raiatea for an exhilarating ride like no other. more...

    Take the controls of a Waverunner and zip through the gorgeous, crystal-clear lagoon off Raiatea for an exhilarating ride like no other.


    You won’t have to waste much time getting to the beach because it’s just a short walk of a few hundred yards from the port. Although you will more or less follow the guide, you will be free to cut through the sea at will. You can expect an adventurous, adrenaline-pumping ride from start to finish.


    In time, the guide will lead you into a shallow area in the protected lagoon that will be teeming with marine life. While there is no telling what you will observe while snorkeling, the most commonly spotted species include damselfish, mullet, Picasso triggerfish and graceful sea turtles. The visibility in the water is extraordinary, making it even easier to see the variety of sea life. You will then hop back on the Waverunner for one, last thrilling ride back to the beach. HIGHLIGHTS • Race through the lagoon surrounding Raiatea in a WaveRunner.
    • Follow the guide into a shallow part of the lagoon where the water is crystal-clear.
    • Observe the abundant, brightly colored marine life while snorkeling.

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    • Adult from: $349.00 USD
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    DURATION 2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 3
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    Fa'aroa River Kayaking

    Raiatea, French Polynesia

    Duration 3 1/2 hrs

    Discover the pristine natural beauty of Raiatea along the same route used by New Zealand's Maohi settlers during this scenic kayak adventure on the Fa'aroa River. ...
    Discover the pristine natural beauty of Raiatea along the same route used by New Zealand's Maohi settlers during this scenic kayak adventure on the Fa'aroa River. more...

    Discover the pristine natural beauty of Raiatea along the same route used by New Zealand's Maohi settlers during this scenic kayak adventure on the Fa'aroa River.


    From the pier, it's a scenic 30-minute drive to the Fa'aroa River, French Polynesia's only navigable river. Upon arrival, you will receive your safety instructions and equipment and then embark your two-person kayak. Led by your guide, you will begin your journey by paddling from Raiatea's fjord-like inlet, or Fa'aroa Gorge, to the scenic Fa'aroa River. Along the way, you will find the steep river walls to be lush with jungle foliage, and home to diverse species of birds and wild hibiscus trees, or purau, growing along the sheer cliffs of the rainforest.


    After approximately 2 hours of paddling, you'll return to shore and transfer back to the pier in Raiatea.


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    • Adult from: $119.00 USD
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    DURATION 3 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 3
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    Pearl Farm & Reef Snorkeling

    Raiatea, French Polynesia

    Duration 3 hrs

    Explore Tahiti's most unique and sought-after natural treasures during this visit to a Black Pearl Farm that includes a snorkeling adventure. ...
    Explore Tahiti's most unique and sought-after natural treasures during this visit to a Black Pearl Farm that includes a snorkeling adventure. more...

    Explore Tahiti's most unique and sought-after natural treasures during this visit to a Black Pearl Farm that includes a snorkeling adventure.


    A scenic drive from the pier brings you to a pontoon where you will board a boat and travel out to the fringe reef. Here, you will find a small pearl station that has been built over the lagoon. During your visit, your guide will unveil all of the secrets of Tahiti's most mysterious gem, the famous Black Pearl. Watch the grafter as they perform the operation on the pearl and learn about how the pearls are harvested and their value in the world today. This is truly an unforgettable look at one of nature's finest gifts. There is a small boutique at the pearl farm (cash and credit cards are accepted).


    Next, you'll have the opportunity to snorkel the crystal-clear waters of one of Raiatea's most beautiful reefs, with a view of Bora Bora rising above the water. Upon entering the water, you will see wonderful underwater fauna, colorful coral formations and a myriad of tropical fish swimming around you.


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    • Adult from: $149.00 USD
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    DURATION 3 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Taha'a by Land & Sea

    Raiatea, French Polynesia

    Duration 3 1/2 hrs

    Visit Raiatea's sister island Taha'a on this tour that highlights the beauty and culture of French Polynesia and includes stops at a pearl farm, vanilla plantation and a snorkel site. ...
    Visit Raiatea's sister island Taha'a on this tour that highlights the beauty and culture of French Polynesia and includes stops at a pearl farm, vanilla plantation and a snorkel site. more...

    Visit Raiatea's sister island Taha'a on this tour that highlights the beauty and culture of French Polynesia and includes stops at a pearl farm, vanilla plantation and a snorkel site.


    From the pier in Raiatea, you will board a boat and begin your excursion with a scenic cruise across the tranquil lagoon towards Taha’a. An ancient legend says that Raiatea and Taha’a were originally one island until a giant eel swallowed a young girl. Possessed by her spirit, the enraged creature broke through the surface of the earth, causing the sea to surge. The impact of the water causing the island to be cut in two, creating the separate islands of Raiatea and Taha'a.


    Upon arrival in Taha'a, you'll transfer to 4WD vehicles and navigate your way into the island's valleys and mountains. Along the way, your guide will point out the various sights you are passing. At a beautiful viewpoint, you'll stop for photos and discover the traditional use of local plants and trees. You will also have the opportunity to sample local fruits and learn the Tamure, a typical Tahitian dance.


    The island of Taha’a is often called the Vanilla Island and a visit to a small, local vanilla plantation allows you to learn all about this fragrant spice that has a multitude of uses. You’ll also stop at a small black pearl farm and discover how these treasures of the sea are raised and harvested. These small cottage industries are part of the island’s economic structure and will give you a broader perspective of life here in French Polynesia.


    Rejoining your boat, you will cruise across the turquoise waters to a motu (islet) where you can enjoy some time for snorkeling or swimming before returning to the pier in Raiatea.


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    • Adult from: $159.00 USD
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    DURATION 3 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Coral Garden Drift Snorkeling

    Raiatea, French Polynesia

    Duration 3 1/2 hrs

    Explore the scenic beauty of Raiatea's sister island during this drift snorkeling and lagoon tour along the Taha'a coast. ...
    Explore the scenic beauty of Raiatea's sister island during this drift snorkeling and lagoon tour along the Taha'a coast. more...

    Explore the scenic beauty of Raiatea's sister island during this drift snorkeling and lagoon tour along the Taha'a coast.


    Depart the pier aboard a covered motorized boat and navigate the lagoon and along the west coast of Taha'a, Raiatea's beautiful sister island. Put on your water shoes and follow your guide across an uninhabited islet, or motu, located just off the coast. After reaching the other side of the motu, you’ll start your drift snorkeling experience. Your guide will lead you while the current carries you through the shallow lagoon on the way back to the boat. There is no stopping along the way, but drift will be done 2 or 3 times if time allows. This particular area abounds with a spectacular variety of tropical fish and amazing coral. The unique richness of this coral garden will leave you with lasting memories of your visit. Enjoy refreshments before cruising back to the pier in Raiatea.


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    • Adult from: $159.00 USD
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    DURATION 3 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 3
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    Catamaran Sail Away

    Raiatea, French Polynesia

    Duration 3 hrs

    Sail the enchanted waters of the lagoon that surrounds Raiatea in a comfortable catamaran and then anchor off a coral reef, where you will have the opportunity to swim and snorkel. ...
    Sail the enchanted waters of the lagoon that surrounds Raiatea in a comfortable catamaran and then anchor off a coral reef, where you will have the opportunity to swim and snorkel. more...

    Sail the enchanted waters of the lagoon that surrounds Raiatea in a comfortable catamaran and then anchor off a coral reef, where you will have the opportunity to swim and snorkel.


    After departing from the pier, you will soon begin cruising the protected turquoise lagoon that encircles Raiatea, an island whose name translates to faraway heaven. Settle in wherever you please, as the catamaran features trampolines for sunbathing and lounging. There is also a well-shaded area, if you prefer a covered environment.


    Because the catamaran has a shallow draft, it can cruise into areas off limits to other vessels, presenting you with a spectacular, up-close view of the lagoon. Feel the sea breeze as your eyes discover the lush and unique scenery of Raiatea & its sister island Taha'a.


    In time, you will stop to swim and snorkel along a coral reef teeming with brightly colored tropical fish. You might even see sea turtles gracefully swimming by, completely undisturbed by your presence. After approximately one hour, you will cruise back to the pier.


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    • Adult from: $159.00 USD
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    DURATION 3 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Sacred Island by Le Truck

    Raiatea, French Polynesia

    Duration 3 1/2 hrs

    Visit Raiatea's most famous landmark and see the lush countryside on this mostly panoramic tour. ...
    Visit Raiatea's most famous landmark and see the lush countryside on this mostly panoramic tour. more...

    Visit Raiatea's most famous landmark and see the lush countryside on this mostly panoramic tour.


    Board your casual Le Truck transportation at the pier and head towards the south of Raiatea. En route to the Bay of Faaroa and Marae Taputapuatea, you will pass through the town of Uturoa and view the Faaroa River.


    Marae Taputapuatea is an open-air temple comprised of 7 marae that are constructed of stones and coral and is one of the largest ancient temples in French Polynesia. It is from this temple that migrations throughout the South Pacific started. This particular sacred site is dedicated to Oro, the bloodthirsty god of war who demanded human sacrifices.


    During your tour, you will also discover tropical plants, flowers and trees that all contribute to the stunning beauty of the island.


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    • Adult from: $89.00 USD
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    DURATION 3 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
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Participation in activities and excursions may involve physical exertion, and may be potentially hazardous or dangerous. It is the responsibility of each individual to determine whether you are capable of engaging in any activity. Participation in any activity or excursion is at your own risk.

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Our group shore excursions are offered in English. Depending on the booking situation, various excursions are also offered in German, Spanish, French, Italian or Russian (minimum number of 30 participants). The tours offered may vary from cruise to cruise. Please see the detailed information for your shore excursion on board.