Raiatea

Travel Guide
Tahiti which includes boating and general coastal views as well as an individual femail

Explore this dramatic landscape of volcanic coastline and colossal mountains to discover charming seaside towns and ancient ruins.

Trek through thick forests and marvel at one of the oldest temples in French Polynesia on Raiatea. Enjoy spectacular views over the Pacific Ocean or join a fishing charter around the deep natural lagoon.

Base yourself in the capital of Uturoa on the island’s northeastern coast. This quiet town has souvenir shops and excellent cafés and restaurants. Watch boats going to and from the harbor. Enjoy a dinner of fresh fish, accompanied by a spectacular sunset.

With so much rugged terrain just a short distance from the town, Raiatea is a great place to have an adventure hike. Mount Temehani is an extinct volcano that rises out of the northern side of the island. As you begin the ascent, look for pretty tiare apetahi flowers with pleasant aromas. This is the only place on earth where these tiny white flowers grow. Reach the summit to enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view. Gaze over the neighboring island of Tahaa to the north or farther to the sparkling reefs and green hills of Bora Bora.

Head to the southeastern part of the island to admire the untouched remains of the Marae Taputapuatea. Set on a tranquil area of coastline, this is a large outdoor temple. Admire this magnificent structure and see sculptures and statues carved from thick volcanic rock.

With the shimmering Pacific Ocean encircling you, organize a boat trip across the lagoon that forms a ring around the island. Catch tuna and mackerel or just enjoy stunning views back toward the island from the deck.

Raiatea is the second largest of the Society Islands located in central Polynesia. Uturoa has several hotels as well as private villas. Fly to Pape'ete on Bora Bora. From here, take a separate 45-minute plane transfer east to Raiatea. July and August are the busiest months for travel but expect warm weather year-round.

Raiatea Lodge Hotel
Raiatea Lodge Hotel
3 out of 5
BP 680, Uturoa, Raiatea
The price is $342 per night from Feb 11 to Feb 12
Situated near the beach, this hotel is 3.1 mi (5 km) from Raiatea Marina and 5.5 mi (8.9 km) from Mount Tapioi. Mont Temehani and Marae Taputapuatea are also ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (40 reviews)
"Tranquillity, exceptional service and an amazing restaurant. Highly recommended."

Reviewed on Nov 22, 2021

Raiatea Lodge Hotel
Pension les 3 cascades
Pension les 3 cascades
2.5 out of 5
PK 6 est Côté Montagne Avera, Uturoa, Iles Sous le Vent
Situated near the airport, this hotel is 15.5 mi (25 km) from Marae Taputapuatea.
3.7/5 Good! (14 reviews)
"Bruno and Patrice were incredibly helpful with all of our needs (ride to town for groceries, recommendations for diving and food). The full-day excursion with Raji was also excellent!"

Reviewed on Aug 1, 2021

Pension les 3 cascades
Fare Oviri Lodge
Fare Oviri Lodge
2.5 out of 5
BP 619, Opoa
Nestled on the beach, this Opoa lodge is 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Marae Taputapuatea.
4.6/5 Exceptional! (14 reviews)
"Great expierance. Thanks guys"

Reviewed on Sep 7, 2021

Fare Oviri Lodge
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
RENT HOUSE FURNISHED beach and lagoon nearby
RENT HOUSE FURNISHED beach and lagoon nearby
Uturoa, Leeward Islands
Located on the waterfront, this family-friendly vacation home is 6.1 mi (9.8 km) from Raiatea Marina and 8.5 mi (13.7 km) from Mount Tapioi. Mont Temehani and ...
5/5 Exceptional! (4 reviews)
Great hosts!
"Spent two nights prior to boarding our catamaran cruise. Edward and Isabel were wonderful, accommodating hosts! Should our travels take us to Tahiti again in the future we would definitely stay again."

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2022

RENT HOUSE FURNISHED beach and lagoon nearby
Welcome to the three waterfalls, alone, with friends, as a couple or as a family
Welcome to the three waterfalls, alone, with friends, as a couple or as a family
Uturoa, Leeward Islands
Located in the heart of Uturoa, this historic chalet is within 9 mi (15 km) of Mount Tapioi, Mont Temehani, and Raiatea Marina. Marae Taputapuatea is 15.6 mi ...
Welcome to the three waterfalls, alone, with friends, as a couple or as a family
The perfect All-inclusive Private island for 6 persons in Raiatea Lagoon
The perfect All-inclusive Private island for 6 persons in Raiatea Lagoon
Raiatea, Leeward Islands
Situated by the ocean, this vacation home is within 20 mi (32 km) of Mont Temehani, Marae Taputapuatea, and Mount Tapioi. Raiatea Marina is 19.2 mi (30.9 km) ...
The perfect All-inclusive Private island for 6 persons in Raiatea Lagoon
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in Raiatea

Top things to do in Raiatea

Cities near Raiatea