For the visitor to Taha'a, the cadence of
life creates activities with a more relaxing pace:
- Exploration of the tiny villages and simple island
living along the shores by car or bicycle.
- Discovery of the family-owned pearl farms.
- Enjoyment of the white-sand beaches at a "motu
- Adventure into the mountains on one of the many
ancient hiking trails.
- Relaxation at the luxurious and remote resorts.
Some of the most popular activities for visitors include:
The scented air of Taha'a comes from the fragrance
of vanilla pods curing in the sun. Over 80% of Tahiti's
harvest of this famous spice is grown here. Plantation
tours include strolling among the rows of climbing
orchids and a demonstration of the pollination and
Taha'a is an enjoyable island to explore.
By car or bus tour, drive along the quiet circle-island
roads and stop at the villages and peaceful shores.
By boat, cruise within bays dotted with pearl farms
or come ashore on a tiny motu. By foot, follow a guide
along ancient footpaths including a trek to the Temehani
Plateau and to the slopes of Mount Temehani to see
the opening of the Tiare Apetahi flowers.
A favorite of all divers, the shared lagoon between
the islands is rich with numbers of sites and in variety
including landscapes of sea mounts, caverns, drop-offs,
and famous wrecks.
The calm and secluded lagoon is home to a wide variety
of reef fish and plant life. Since fish-feeding is
practiced, the lagoon attracts large schools of eels,
perches, triggerfish, red snappers, silver jacks,
tunas, red runners, and reef sharks.
Picnic on Your Own Island
Dozens of tiny motu surround these islands and many
are available for half- or full-day use for couples
or groups. Most islands can be circled in a few minutes
by foot and are the perfect spot to picnic under a
coconut tree, snorkel around the island, or relax
with a book.
Village Hopping and Shopping
Visitors who seek a simpler life enjoy the villages
along the coast of Taha'a.
The quaint village of Haamene has nearby pearl farms
and a turtle preserve, the north-shore village of
Patio is known for traditional fishing and copra activities,
and Tiva is surrounded by Vanilla plantations.
Other activities and sites on
- 4X4 Safaris to explore the remote interior roads and
- Vanilla plantations and family-owned pearl farms.
- Lagoon excursions by powered outrigger canoe, glass-bottomed
boat, motor boat, kayak, or jetskiing.
- Circle-island tours by bus or private car.
- Deep-sea fishing.
- Botanical gardens.
- Sea turtle preserve.
- Snorkeling excursions around the islands and motu.
Guided or self-guided itineraries including these
and other sites can be reserved or planned by your
travel arranger before you travel or at the activities
desk of your resort or cruise ship.