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Raiatea, French Polynesia

Much less visited than its neighbouring 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.

Exploring Raiatea

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.

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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

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Raiatea. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Opoa Beach Hotel, Raiatea

      Opoa Beach Hotel

      First Class

      The Opoa Beach hotel is set on a white sand beach with spectacular views over the lagoon and the island of Huahine. With just nine bungalows this small resort is perfect for those wanting a secluded stay.