When it comes to getting the best from your time here, remember that Raiatea is just the tip of the iceberg; Society Islands has been blessed with an abundance of scenic and cultural delights. Two examples of places in the vicinity of Raiatea are Fare, 30 miles (48 kilometers) to the west, and Point Matira, 30 miles (48 kilometers) to the southeast.
About 30 miles (48 kilometers) to the northwest of Raiatea is Bora Bora, a regional center which is home to Mt. Otemanu, Sofitel Resort Beach and Nui Beach. And don't head back to Raiatea until you've investigated Bora Bora's Mt. Hue, Vaitape Harbor and Lagoon Resort Beach.
Exercise your grey matter by visiting Society Islands' excellent art galleries and art museums.
There are heaps of adventures to be had in the region around Society Islands. Have a go at mountain climbing or hiking to really know you are alive.
Making the effort to practice some useful words and phrases in the local tongue separates the true travelers from the tourist hordes. "Je viens de..." ("I come from...") is useful. Or try "Comment est-ce que vous vous appelez ?" (What's your name?).
You'll hate to bid "Au revoir / À bientôt" (farewell) to this magnetic place.