Much less visited than its neighboring Bora Bora, Raiatea is the second largest of the Society Islands and is at the heart of the indigenous culture.
It is thought this was the main stop for the earliest Melanesian settlers, with a fascinating wealth of history and legend.
Raiatea is most often visited as the gateway to its smaller sister island, Taha'a, which shares the same lagoon.
However, it also enjoys some beautiful landscapes, with mountainous peaks and some good beaches, as well as the only navigable river in Polynesia which passes over numerous stunning waterfalls.
It also features some great surf spots, as well as excellent diving and sailing, and is home to several luxury yacht charters.
Suggested itineraries featuring Raiatea
Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Raiatea, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.
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Accommodation choices for Raiatea
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