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Raiatea

Raiatea is the administrative and commercial center in the Leeward Islands. It is, after Tahiti, the second most populated island in Polynesia (with an estimate of almost 20000 inhabitants).

Its name means "Faraway Heaven" and "Soft Light Sky". It is the second biggest island in the acrhipelago. As it is an important commercial spot, it is also a spiritual one, being the first polynesian island according to legend, where the maori disembarkations first took place.

Raiatea is home for the famed Marae Taputapuatea , considered the most important and best preserved religious site in Polynesia. Here is where gods were born, according to local religious tradition. Besides all this, amongst some other magnificent attractions, there are marvelous surfing sites, or the Faaroa River, the only navigable one in Polynesia. For the adventurous, a trip to 772 meters tall Mount Temehani is available. Here only grows the Tiare Apetahi , legendary flower named after uncountable ancestral histories, which surprisingly doesn't grow anywhere else in the whole planet.

Diving

The charm of Raiatea , the Sacred Island or "Holy" island, and Taha'a, the Vanilla Island, reveal the authentic values of the Polynesian islands. The two islands share the same lagoon, a special aquatic space recommended for its diversity. There ...

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General Information

Raiatea

Raiatea is the administrative and commercial center in the Leeward Islands. It is, after Tahiti, the second most populated island in Polynesia (with an estimate of almost 20000 inhabitants).

Its name means "Faraway Heaven" and "Soft Light Sky". It is the second biggest island in the acrhipelago. As it is an important commercial spot, it is also a spiritual one, being the first polynesian island according to legend, where the maori disembarkations first took place.

Raiatea is home for the famed Marae Taputapuatea , considered the most important and best preserved religious site in Polynesia. Here is where gods were born, according to local religious tradition. Besides all this, amongst some other magnificent attractions, there are marvelous surfing sites, or the Faaroa River, the only navigable one in Polynesia. For the adventurous, a trip to 772 meters tall Mount Temehani is available. Here only grows the Tiare Apetahi , legendary flower named after uncountable ancestral histories, which surprisingly doesn't grow anywhere else in the whole planet.

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Activities in Raiatea

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Diving on Raiatea

The charm of Raiatea , the Sacred Island or "Holy" island, and Taha'a, the Vanilla Island, reveal the authentic values of the Polynesian islands. The two islands share the same lagoon, a special aquatic space recommended for its diversity. There are nine passes from the ocean through the coral reef into the lagoon. There's a practically unlimited number of diving sites to choose from. Those sites are found both inside and outside the coral reef. There's something for everyone in these waters. There are drift dives in the reef passes to see coral gardens, grottos, caves with octopuses and the famous three-masted ship "Nordby", which sunk in the 1900s.


DIVING SPOTS

The Three Miri Rocks:
Near the Miri Miri Pass, and after a short drift dive, the Miri Rocks can be found, alongside with other headlands and underwater hills, which all together attract a very varied assortment of fauna.

Miri Miri:
Full of multi-colored coralline drops, this spot is especially famous for a purple kind of coral, the very renowned "Distichopora Violacea", whose electrical shine will blind anyone with its beauty.

The "Nordby" Wreck:
A sunken coal-ship whose anchors, masts and decks are still unspoiled by water, protected by the ship's hull. Plus, with its 80 meters of longitude, it's set to surprise anyone as one of the island's most famous and sought-after diving sites.

Teavapiti Pass:
Strong-currents pass which will carry away the unwary. Still, sticking to the coralline walls will let the visitor discover the biggest marine species in the island. Giant wrasses, manta rays, sharks, etc.

Miri Miri Pass:
Advanced level dive with average strength currents. The walls with multi-colored shining corals are simply amazing, and the fauna is very varied. Turtles, eagle rays, etc.

The Catalina Wing:
A wreck, this time a plane one. The sunken wing of a 1958 hydroplane crash is settled here, collecting algae which attract all kinds of fish.

Teavarua Aquarium:
Natural emplacement between the Taoru islet and little reef formations. There are madrepore formations spread along the sand which are used as shelters by moray eels.

Diving clubs

Hemisphère Sub

Located in Marina Apooiti, facing the Miri Miri Pass. This center has all the latest in cutting-edge diving technoogy. Part of the Te Moana diving clubs alliance, whose members are spread out throughout all of French Polynesia.

http://www.raiatea-diving.com

Te Mara Nui

Small diving center which performs excursions in both Raiatea and Taha'a, able to serve a capacity of 10 divers. Located in Uturoa, Raiatea 's capital.

http://www.temaranui.pf

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