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Vahine Island Private Island Resort, French Polynesia

Vahine Island Resort

Taha'a, French Polynesia

This tiny private island resort offers you a real Robinson Crusoe feel while providing all the comforts you need for an idyllic stay.

The nine bungalows are dotted around the edge of the sandy motu and in the center tall coconut palms shade the grassy interior. Although, the accommodation is relatively simple, Vahine Island is truly unspoilt and remote with a delightful and rustic Polynesian charm. Peaceful and secluded, it has a very relaxed atmosphere; guests walk around barefoot and the small size means everyone knows you and the friendly staff can offer a very personalized service and offers a charming and unique island experience.


A wonderfully relaxing and intimate resort that is off the beaten track, this is a real island escape with a personal touch. Whilst the accommodation may be modest it offers high levels of hospitality and service.

OUR RATING: First Class

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There are only nine bungalows on Vahine Island, each with a simple, authentically Polynesian style that are made with local woods and materials. Despite their rustic and traditional feel, they do also offer modern comforts such as a king-sized bed, air-conditioning, ceiling fan, tea/coffee facilities and a safe. In the beach bungalows, you can relax in your hammock on your outdoor deck that overlooks the lagoon and the turquoise blue waters, or in the overwater bungalows you can hop right into the water from your deck for a snorkel.


Vahine Island has a secluded location, 30 minutes by boat from Raiatea and just off the northeastern coral reef surrounding Taha’a. Motu Tu Vahine (Island of Women) is a paradise, private island of 23 acres, in the middle of the turquoise lagoon of Taha'a, surrounded by white sand beaches.

Food and drink

This resort is a foodie's paradise, renowned for its exquisite food. The chef prepares dishes with a mix of French Polynesian and Mediterranean flavors and thanks to the small size of the hotel is happy to cater to guests' needs if something special is required (please let your specialist know in advance).


Although this resort is largely aimed at couples looking for a romantic island getaway, the island feels very safe and is surrounded by shallow waters and the feedback we have received from clients with families has applauded the efforts of the staff to accommodate families.

Facilities and activities

For most guests, a visit to Vahine is all about the relaxation, but there's a range of free activities at your disposal, including the use of kayaks, paddleboards, snorkeling equipment and outrigger canoes. There isn't a spa on the island, but you can arrange to have a massage on the terrace of your room.


The lagoon between Raiatea and Taha'a is a great spot for diving. With over 20 diving sites there is something for everyone from drift dives, drop offs, pinnacles for the advanced diver also caves and coral canyons with beautiful black, yellow and purple coral walls. Raiatea even has a wonderful wreck dive — a three-masted ship called Nordby that sunk in 1900. Diving excursions can be arranged by the hotel. In July–November you have the possibility of seeing humpback whales, whilst July–September you have possibility of seeing manta rays. Diving excursions can be arranged by the hotel.

Spa Facilities

There is no spa on the island, however massages on the terrace of your room can be arranged.

Tour ideas in Taha'a

Our itineraries are there to spark ideas for how you could include a stay at Vahine Island Resort as part of your trip. Treat them simply as suggestions, because every aspect of the trip we create for you will be yours to define.

Location & places nearby

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    Alternative places to stay nearby

    Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favorite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can't be bettered.

    Experiences while staying here

    The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you're staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident's eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area's inhabitants.

    • Full Day 4WD & Lagoon Tour with Tahitian Lunch
      French Polynesia coral reef

      Full Day 4WD & Lagoon Tour with Tahitian Lunch

      Full Day 4WD & Lagoon Tour with Tahitian Lunch

      Traveling by 4WD this full day tour will give you the chance to truly discover the island of Taha'a.

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