Society Islands

Taha’a

Taha'a, Raiatea's little sister, has been left almost untouched by the XX century. It is often called the "Vanilla Island", due to the number of this pod's plantations scattered around the island. This means that, no matter where you are in the island, or circling around it on a boat in the lagoon, you will always be able to perceive the sweet and soft scent of vanilla.

This small and marveloues island offers its visitors a quick peek at the tranquil and traditional lifestyle of the early polynesians, though having today's comfort. This is so because the island has lately started to open itself to general tourism, while it still holds most part of its natural charm. Taha'a shares both its lagoon and coral reef with Raiatea, but doesn't have an airport, thus being only accessible by sea.

Its inhabitants live mainly out of pearl farming and fishing, besides producing 80% of Polynesia's total vanilla outcome. After visiting Taha'a anyone can find how even if it’s away from the traditional touristic destinations, it still has a unique and authentic charm.

Diving

Even if she is always under the influence of her bigger sister, Raiatea, Taha'a manages herself to keep an enormous asset of marvels and interesting places of her own, maybe a little more undeveloped, but with all the magic of ...

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General Information

Taha’a

Taha'a, Raiatea's little sister, has been left almost untouched by the XX century. It is often called the "Vanilla Island", due to the number of this pod's plantations scattered around the island. This means that, no matter where you are in the island, or circling around it on a boat in the lagoon, you will always be able to perceive the sweet and soft scent of vanilla.

This small and marveloues island offers its visitors a quick peek at the tranquil and traditional lifestyle of the early polynesians, though having today's comfort. This is so because the island has lately started to open itself to general tourism, while it still holds most part of its natural charm. Taha'a shares both its lagoon and coral reef with Raiatea, but doesn't have an airport, thus being only accessible by sea.

Its inhabitants live mainly out of pearl farming and fishing, besides producing 80% of Polynesia's total vanilla outcome. After visiting Taha'a anyone can find how even if it’s away from the traditional touristic destinations, it still has a unique and authentic charm.

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Activities in Taha’a

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Diving on Taha’a

Even if she is always under the influence of her bigger sister, Raiatea, Taha'a manages herself to keep an enormous asset of marvels and interesting places of her own, maybe a little more undeveloped, but with all the magic of her unspoiled beauty, original heavenly style and underwater mysteries. All of these are served by competent enterprises with people who know much about the island and love it deep-heartedly, therefore taking any visitor to an unforgettable experience getting to know the Holy Island's little sister, the mysterious one, Taha'a the Vanilla Island. With only two passes piercing through the reef, the marine ecosystems differ a little bit of many others because of the more protected and less open-sea kind of fauna to be found here.


DIVING SPOTS

The Paipai Pass:
Currents flow amongst walls of black and Distichopora corals of both the purple and yellow types, and channels pierce the reef ending up in headlands, arches and grottoes which have been eroded along the years creating a stormy yet beautiful sight.

Octopus Cave:
Inside the lagoon that divides Taha'a from Raiatea and from 30 meters and deeper these underwater galleries are found. A landmark comprising shelters of molten rock and chambers with stalactites on the ceiling.

The 323 Landmark:
A diving name used to technically describe this site. It's supposedly one of the most beautiful dives in Polynesia, with the clearest waters in the island. Be careful with the fire-coral formations, as beautiful as itchy! Sea bass, sharks, sea jacks, unicornfish, etc.

The Toahotu Headlands:
In the middle of the Ceran Pass two underwater peaks rise up to 32 meters under the sea level, departing from 50 meters-deep. Around these all kinds of fish congregate. Giant sea bass, napoleon fish, etc.

Ceran Pass:
This pass, also called Toahotu Pass , is flanked by two high walls of coral covered with grottoes, the smaller ones being in the left side of the reef. Pass-like fauna. Inside all kind of creatures dwell. Moray eels, sharks, barracudas, etc.

Diving clubs

Taha'a Diving

Located in Le Taha'a hotel, it's a part of the Te Moana diving clubs alliance, whose members are spread out throughout all of French Polynesia.

http://www.tahaa-diving.com

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