Uturoa

Travel Guide
Uturoa showing general coastal views and boating

Nestled against a backdrop of high forested mountains, this sleepy seaside town offers an idyllic stopover on your French Polynesian tour. 

Amble along Uturoa’s streets of whitewashed houses and sit in cafés illuminated by the sparkling Pacific. Sail onto the pristine lagoon or climb the undulating green hills for spectacular views of faraway islands.

Explore the capital of the leeward island group and admire grand colonial buildings of white pillars and balconies scattered between beds of palm trees. Shop for handmade crafts and jewelry in small boutique stores or continue to the scenic waterfront. Spend a morning sipping rich coffee or a cool drink while you watch sailboats tacking back and forth in the bay.

With the island slowly waking up, visit one of the tranquil parks that form a grassy patchwork around the outskirts of town. Lie in the shade of branches rustling in the breeze or enhance your tan beneath the glowing sun.

Make a trip onto the lagoon surrounding the island. Several companies charter boats from the marina in town and will cater for you whether you are an experienced skipper or need a knowledgeable crew. Spend a day on the open water fishing for tuna and mahi mahi. Alternatively, bask in the midday heat and swim in the warm, clear water off the side of your luxurious yacht.

As the air begins to cool, trek into the lush woodland rising up from behind town. Explore trails of blackened ground winding slowly through this ancient volcanic land to reach staggering vantage points above the forest canopy. With the sun beginning to set, look toward the glowing reefs of Tahaa a few miles north and the grand silhouette of Bora Bora beyond.

Uturoa is the capital of Raiatea and the island’s only significant town. It is located on the northeastern coast, a 5-minute drive from the airport. Select from a few hotels in town and private villas. Raiatea has warm weather year-round. The months on either side of July and August offer consistently fine conditions and fewer crowds.

Te Ava Piti Lodge
Te Ava Piti Lodge
2.5 out of 5
BP823, Raiatea, Uturoa
The price is $66 per night from Sep 23 to Sep 23
Situated in Uturoa, this beach guesthouse is 2.8 mi (4.6 km) from Mount Tapioi and 4.2 mi (6.8 km) from Raiatea Marina. Mont Temehani and Marae Taputapuatea ...
3.4/5Good! (17 reviews)
"Strange location. Tiny and basic but clean."

Reviewed on Aug 20, 2021

Te Ava Piti Lodge
Raiatea Lodge Hotel
Raiatea Lodge Hotel
3 out of 5
BP 680, Uturoa, Raiatea
The price is $347 per night from Oct 15 to Oct 15
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 ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (38 reviews)
"Very laid back place. The cottages had a nice covered porch. Bathroom facilities were excellent. We had the half board plan and food was superb. Friendly staff. Pool with covered jacuzzi was nice. No beach but right adjacent to ocean. Road runs between property and the ocean. Would stay again"

Reviewed on Aug 15, 2021

Raiatea Lodge Hotel
Bouddha Villa
Bouddha Villa
3 out of 5
lotissement U'upa, pk1, Uturoa
The price is $99 per night from Sep 21 to Sep 21
Situated in Uturoa, this bed & breakfast is 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Raiatea Marina and 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Mount Tapioi. Mont Temehani and Marae Taputapuatea are ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (18 reviews)
"English speaking lady was very welcoming and cordial."

Reviewed on Oct 21, 2020

Bouddha Villa
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 (9.9 km) from Raiatea Marina and 8.5 mi (13.7 km) from Mount Tapioi. Mont Temehani and ...
5/5Exceptional! (3 reviews)
Very comfortable stay!
"We stayed for two nights after sailing for two weeks. It was the perfect place to rest up for a bit before heading home. The house is very cute and comfortable, and is actually much nicer inside than in the pictures. The owners live in another house on the property and were very pleasant and ..."

Reviewed on Feb 8, 2017

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 13.8 mi ...
Welcome to the three waterfalls, alone, with friends, as a couple or as a family
Fare Ora in a Wooded Park of 15,000 m2
Fare Ora in a Wooded Park of 15,000 m2
Uturoa, Leeward Islands
Situated in Uturoa, this vacation home is within 6 mi (10 km) of Fa'a'aha Bay, Mount Tapioi, and Mont Temehani. Matira Beach and Le Meridien Beach are also within ...
Fare Ora in a Wooded Park of 15,000 m2
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.

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