Tahaa, French Polynesia
Tahaa is the ‘sister’ island to nearby Raiatea, located in the Society Islands in French Polynesia. The two islands are enclosed by the same coral reef and may have once been a single island.Tahaa has a few beaches on its picturesque shorelines, but not many. Most of the beaches that are to be enjoyed on these islands take the form of deserted little outer-lying islands known as Motus.
Tahaa’s beautiful blue lagoon is rich in sealife and there is a variety of watersports on offer, such as scubadiving, windsurfing, and outrigger canoeing. The surrounding waters of both islands are also known the world over for their legendary sailing, yachting, and sport fishing opportunities.
Tahaa's nickname is the "Vanilla Island" - because of its constant rich aroma of vanilla. In fact, the island boasts a full 80% of all Tahiti's vanilla production. Both islands have many pearl farms, known for pearls of superb quality, high aesthetic appeal and value.
Things to See and Do
* Guided island tour
* Water sports
* Pearl farm tour
* Snorkeling & Diving
Cruise Season – Jan - Dec
Currency – CFP franc (XPF)
Language – French, Tahitian
Land Area – 90.2 km²
Population – 5,010 approx
Electricity – 2 angled flat pins and 1 round pin centred below Australian style
Time – GMT minus ten hours
International Country Telephone Code – + 689
Port Location – The port is located at the main town of Uturoa on Raiatea.
Transport Links –Air Tahiti offers services from Tahiti to Raiatea, with stops at Bora Bora, Moorea and some of the other islands depending upon cargo and people. Shuttle boats or outriggers can then transfer visitors to Tahaa.
Two cruise ships/luxury liners currently ply the islands: the Paul Gauguin, which does a regular 7-day trip around the Societies, with occasional trips out to the Tuamotus, Marquesas and Cook Islands; and the Tahitian Princess which does similar itineraries.