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Raiatea is the second largest island in French Polynesia.
It had been called the “sacred island,” and considered
the cultural heart and birthplace of Tahiti Polynesia. The town
of Uturoa is a waterfront city that reminds one of Papeete in its
formative years. This island is the home of Bora Bora Cruises, which
operates cruises from Uturoa and Bora Bora. The large lagoon that
surrounds Raitatea and her sister island, Taha’a, has become
a haven for sailors, deep sea fishermen and scuba divers.
The neighboring island of Taha'a shares the lagoon and is only
accessible by boat. The tranquil setting features small motus and
deep bays for fishing. Taha'a is known as the “vanilla island”
because of the aroma throughout the island of the rich spice. Taha'a
still embraces the spirit of the traditional Tahitian ways and Polynesian
& Hurepiti Bays
Ta Ara Museum