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Ashore in Tahiti
to see & things to do
historians, Raiatea was the royal, political, religious, and
cultural heart of Polynesia. Legend
claims it was the birthplace of the gods and it was from here that
the great Polynesian voyages were launched to New Zealand and
Ships dock in Uturoa
where new facilities and a market are nearby. Immediately
off the pier, through a covered market where local crafters sell
their wares, vehicles gather to whisk passengers off to explore. Automobile
rentals are available but only about half the island’s roads are
sealed—the rest don’t require four-wheel drive but are rutted
and bumpy. There
aren’t very many “sights” to see on Raiatea; rather, the
beauty of the scenery and the relaxed atmosphere are her greatest
appeals. Raiatea's massive
volcanic craters are best seen by 4X4 tour. The drive through dense
foliage inside the craters crosses several streams and a wide
variety of plant life cultivated in the experimental agricultural
station and plantations dots the landscape.
Taputapuatea Marae is
one of French Polynesia's most sacred sites. This sanctuary with its
volcanic stone base was a center for religious expression. Located
alongside the water, ceremonies were performed there for significant
events in life including spells to guard fishermen taking to sea.
Covered canoe tours
transport visitors up the Faaroa River, Tahiti’s only navigable
river, and then along Raiatea's beautiful coastline to the dock in
Uturoa. Romantic and
exotic, a sunset cruise aboard "Va'a Rahi" (meaning
literally "canoe big") is a special event if your ship is
in port until nightfall. The
spell of a perfect south sea sunset is best captured at sea.
A performance of local
tamure by the Raiatea Nui Dancers captivates their audiences with a
combination of joyous innocence and sexuality—a not to be missed
performance! For ships
overnighting in Raiatea, Uturoa offers nightlife in the form of a
disco, Le Zenith.
has no beaches but there are beautiful beaches for swimming and
snorkeling on the numerous motus. Either a ships’ excursion or a
private boat tour arranged dockside would be a pleasant diversion.
in front of the pier there is a covered market where local crafters
sell their wares when ships are in port. A
couple blocks from the waterfront is a colorful market selling
crafts as well as fruits, vegetables, and flowers.
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