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From a travelers viewpoint, it would be fair to call the Islands of Raiatea & Tahaa in Tahiti Polynesia considerably far removed from the well promoted tourism of Tahiti's "Major 3 Islands"- Tahiti, Moorea, and Bora Bora.
It's no wonder that the tourism industry has recently begun to promote Raiatea and Tahaa as interesting vacation alternatives to these other more well known cousins of Tahiti- Nui. They are truly some of the last "undiscovered jewels" of Tahiti Polynesia.
For those of you interested in finding the perfect South Seas getaway islands without all the tourism and promotion, Raiatea and Tahaa are excellent choices. Although not really considered "remote" in location, getting to these islands does take a bit of planning. Because of their relative close proximity to Tahiti, Moorea, and Bora Bora - Raiatea and Tahaa can now be found on the main "tourist routes" of all charter flight and shuttle boat services.
Unless you own your own yacht or jet, you'll need to plan a combination of travel modes. Make the decisions yourself by using the information below as your guide or consult our travel agent. Also, learn about entry requirments and customs regulations.
most likely need to get to a good sized city or a Tahiti flight "hub"
to fly direct to Papeete on these airlines. Contact them direct to see if they
can offer you the connections you need, or consult
our travel agent.
CHARTER FLIGHTS/ SMALL PLANES
Since there is no airport on Tahaa, all charter flights take you to Raiatea. Charter air services regularly scheduling flights to Raiatea:
Main office is in Tahiti Faaa Airport,
P.O. Box 314, Papeete- TAHITI
General Manager: Marcel GALENO,
Telephone Standard: (689) 86.40.00,
RESERVATIONS: (689) 86.42.42,
or fax (689) 86.40.69,
Moorea Office: (689) 56.10.34
Fleet: 5 ATR72's (capacity 66), and 3 ATR42's (capacity 48)
* SEVERAL DAILY FLIGHTS TO RAIATEA FROM PAPEETE, TAHITI
* INTER ISLAND FLIGHTS FROM RAIATEA TO:
Huahine- DAILY, Bora Bora- DAILY, Moorea- DAILY,
Maupiti- 2 flights per week.
Air Tahiti flies to 39 Polynesian islands including all Society Islands, the Tuamotus, the Marquesas, and Australs. Scheduled flights or charter flights available. Contact Air Tahiti direct for exact information regarding questions,
flight details, and reserving or purchasing tickets.
MOOREA (Private Charter Flights)
Main office in Papeete, TAHITI
Telephone (689) 86.41.41 , Fax (689) 86.42.99
Fleet: 2 Twin Otters, 3 Britten Normans, 1 Dornier
* FLIGHTS UPON REQUEST TO ALL DESTINATIONS,
ARCHIPELS (Private Charter Flights)
P.O. Box 6019 Faaa- TAHITI
Tel. (689)81.30.30, Fax (689)86.42.69,
Contact: Mr. Francois MARTIN
Fleet: 1 Conquest 2, 1 Beechcraft B2
* FLIGHTS UPON REQUEST TO ALL DESTINATIONS,
These birds are the ultimate island hoppers! The ONLY helicopter service in
French Polynesia providing inter-island travel and flightseeing is Polynesia
Helicopteres (formerly known as Heli-Inter).
This company has been doing business
in French Polynesia for years and caters to the more... shall we say... "influental"
TST says "If you can afford it, go for it!"
Based out of the Tahiti- Faa'a International Airport
Flights upon request to ALL Polynesian destinations,
specializing in the Society Islands of Bora Bora, Moorea, Tupai and the Marquesan
island of Nuku Hiva.
P.O. Box 6109- 98 702, Faaa- TAHITI
Tahiti Contact: Mr. Marc KOSKA, Tel.(689) 54.87.20, Fax (689) 54.87.21
Besides for the major cruiselines, (see Tours & Cruises page for details) there are a handful of large seacraft that make regular (or semi regular) trips to Raiatea and Tahaa islands from various points in French Polynesia. Most run out of Papeete, but not all... (Read the details of each particular islands "getting here" page)
The boats and ferries listed below
run schedules to Raiatea & Tahaa
from Tahiti and other islands on
fairly thin intervals, making for
difficult vacation planning, if
that is what you're trying to do.
To avoid dissapointment, TST recommends going down to the ferry
quay of the island you are on and checking in person with the individual
companies to see their current schedules and running times. If you happen
to be there when a vessel fitting your schedule is there, take advantage
of the moment and go for it, but don't try to plan your vacation
around a particular island ferry or other vessel and certainly don't
rely on their schedules to make an important international flight
Large Seacraft regularly scheduling
trips to Raiatea, Tahaa, and beyond:
Motu Uta, Fare-Ute, Papeete- TAHITI,
(P.O. Box 9 062 Motu-Uta, Papeete-TAHITI)
Telephone- (689) 41.25.35, Fax- (689) 41.24.34,
Contact: Mr.Wilfrid TETUAMANUHIRI
Max. Capacity: 90 passengers on deck.12 cabins with 2 berths,
2cabins with 3 berths, 1 private cabin, toilet and air conditioning.
3 Weekly voyages, Restaurant on Board.
Note: Passengers are accepted on board ship in cabin only for
Wednesday voyage from Papeete.
FROM RAIATEA: THIS BOAT GOES TO: HUAHINE, BORA BORA, TAHAA, AND TAHITI
Gallieni Wharf, Papeete- TAHITI,
(P.O. Box 9254, 98 713 Papeete-TAHITI)
Telephone- (689) 42.88.88 /74.39.40, Fax- (689) 42.83.83,
Max. Capacity: 350 passengers, (on the deck), no cabins available on board. NO VEHICLES. Offices open: Wednesday, Thurs, and Saturday: 8-12 am, then 2:30-5pm.
FROM RAIATEA: THIS BOAT
GOES TO: HUAHINE, BORA BORA, TAHAA , TAHITI AND ?
Motu Uta, Fare Ute, P.O.Box 635 PAPEETE- TAHITI,
Contact: Mr. PAQUIER
Telephone- (689)45.23.24, Fax-(689)45.24.44
12 passengers in double cabins - 20 passengers on deck.
2 trips a week- Departing Tuesday and Thursday afternoons
FROM RAIATEA: THIS
BOAT GOES TO: HUAHINE, BORA BORA, TAHAA AND TAHITI
TAHITI NUI/ MEHERIO II & III, & TE ARATAI
Gallieni Wharf, Papeete,
P.O. Box 9072, 98715 Motu Uta -TAHITI
Telephone- (689) 50.66.71, Fax- (689) 43.32.70
Contact: Mr. Leonard PUPUTOUKI
Departure schedules set according to the requirements of local service providers. No cabins available on board. Meals served. Offices located in Motu Uta, Papeete and open from: Monday-Thursday: 7:30am-3:30 pm, and Friday from 7:30am-2:30pm
FROM RAIATEA: THIS BOAT GOES TO: TAHITI, AND ?
MAUPITI EXPRESS (c/o Tahaa Transport Services)
P.O.Box 612- 98 730 Vaitape- BORA BORA,
Telephone- (689) 67.66.69/ 78.27.22, Fax- (689) 67.66.69,
Contact: Mr. Gerald SACHET
44 foot aluminum shuttle boat. Max. capacity inside lagoon: 82 passengers,
deep water: 62 passengers.
2 voyages weekly from Bora Bora (Thursday and Saturday) to MAUPITI,
and 2 voyages weekly to Tahaa, Raiatea, and Huahine. (Wednesdays and
FROM RAIATEA: THIS BOAT GOES TO: HUAHINE, BORA BORA, TAHAA AND
TST Comment: SCHEDULE FLEXIBILITY
Because of the constantly changing routes of operation, running times, schedule, hours, prices, it is impossible for us to be accurate with particular company schedules and running times. (If we tried that, we'd often be wrong, that's why we don't try...) The best way to deal with these constant changes is to remain flexible in your ferry or boating plans and check in person at the docks in Papeete or Bora bora when you're there. Also, always give yourself an extra day cushion when it comes to making important international flight connections.
(Running regularly between
Raiatea & Tahaa)
From Raiatea, it's quite easy and cheap to get to Tahaa island. Since there is
no airport on Tahaa, you must take an inter-island shuttle. Trips take about
15 minutes between islands and the tickets are cheap.
These boats run daily from the main dock in
Uturoa, and advanced booking isn't necessary on most days. Between the boats,
there are at least 2 runs per day, 6 or 7 days a week, and usually more. You
can get tickets and departure schedules right across the street from where
the shuttles dock, or by contacting their offices.
Choices are as follows:
UPORU/ IRIPAU, (c/o S.A.R.L. Enota)
Based out of Tahaa,
(98734 Tapuamu- TAHAA) but boats boarded at the Uturoa quay- RAIATEA,
Contact: Mr. Enota TETUANUI, Telephone/ Fax- (689) 65.61.33
2 - 42' highspeed boats,
Max capacity: 57 passengers/each.
Length of voyage Uturoa-Raiatea to Marina Iti-Tahaa: 20 minutes,
Also, goes to Poutoru, Tiva, and Tapuamu.
TAMARII TAHAA ( SERVICE TRANSPORTS RAROMATAI)
Uturoa quay- RAIATEA,
Contact: Mr. Patrick MOUSSON
P.O. Box 149-98734 Haamene- TAHAA, Tel.(
Locally built, 46' aluminum boat. Max capacity: 66 passengers
WATER TAXI & TRANSPORT SERVICE
Another great service for Raiatea and Tahaa is this Water Taxi and barge. 2 boats for 2 different purposes: The water taxi quickly takes you anywhere on Raiatea or Tahaa you want to go for whatever purpose...
Hotel transfers, last minute airport shuttle rides, recreational areas, etc, and the barge can get equipment and supplies anywhere of your choosing.
LA COMPAGNIE DES TAXI-BOAT
Based on Tahaa, BP. 152, Haamene, TAHAA,
Contacts: William DONZELOT and Patrick BRAINDOT
Telephone- (689) 65.66.44/ 79.62.01, or 79.62.02, Fax- (689) 65.62.65, Minimum of only 1 person and a max of 12.
TAXI BOAT takes you anywhere you need to go in the area fast, including Raiatea/ Tahaa crossings! 2 locally built 23 and 28 ft polyester and aluminum boats, plus a 12x6 meter BARGE can transport materials, cars, building supplies, etc, anywhere you need to get it. CONTACT US ON VHF RADIO CHANNEL 69!
HOW TO GET AROUND ONCE YOU ARRIVE
Truck- Always classic
Once you've arrived on Raiatea
or Tahaa Islands, you'll be faced with the question of how to get around. The BEST WAY TO GET AROUND THE ISLANDS (that provides you the most freedom),
is to rent a car, scooter, bicycle, or walk.
Hitchhiking isn't really a good option. (see note below for details).
Another option is "Le Truck", Tahiti's classic public
transportation. (See notes below for more truck details.)
Some places that provide rentals are listed below, however ALL hotels,
and most pensions will be able to do the arranging for you. (Depending
on your chosen accomodations, some will charge a nominal fee for this
For most, this is the easiest and fastest way to get your
rental going. For those penny pinchers and self arrangers, you may save
a buck or two, but you'll definately have to work for it.
Raiatea: The trucks generally run the coastal
road nearby Uturoa more frequently
than the rest of the island, but
if you can get a local and updated
schedule from your hotel or pension,
you may be able to take Le Truck
all the way around the island!
This is the absolute best economical
choice of travel you have with
the exception of walking. Ask your hotel or pension for the
current schedules once you've arrived.
Tahaa: Similiar to Raiatea, get your schedules from the local pensions and hotels your staying with...
RENTAL CARS, SCOOTERS, & BICYCLES
The modes of transportation that give you the most freedom on Raiatea and Tahaa is the car or scooter rental.
Bicycles are also a great way
to get around for pleasureable riding, but are obviously more work, a little slower, and can't keep you from getting wet in case
of a sudden downpour.
Not to be outdone on Raiatea, as with most other Polynesian islands,
the ever present EUROPCAR is here and is our featured choice.
PK 1, (PO BOX 549)- 98735 Uturoa- RAIATEA
Telephone:(689) 66.34.06, Fax:(689) 66.16.06
Contact: Patrick Bardou
"With Europcar, You Rent a Lot More than a Car"...
and its true on Raiatea the same as it is with the rest of French Polynesia. Let us take care of your rental car, scooter, and bicycle needs.
We offer quality products, experience, and a large selection of cars.
We also are the only one on the island renting small motorboats.
Also, ASK US ABOUT OUR SPECIAL Rental Car/ Pension package deal! It's a deal that can't be beat on Raiatea.
COME VISIT OUR DIRECT LINKING WEBSITE FOR ALL THE DETAILS!
The rental cars on Raiatea are all fairly competitive with each other
in pricing, so often times it's a matter of where you end up locationwise
or who has available cars on the day you need them as to which one you will
Here's the rest of the listings:
Located at the Sunset Beach Motel
PO Box 397, 98735 Uturoa- RAIATEA
Telephone- (689) 66.33.47, Fax- (689) 66.33.08
Specialize in renting bicycles
Uturoa airport, P.O. Box 1255- 98735, RAIATEA
Tel.- (689) 66.20.80, Fax- (689) 66.20.00
Renting Cars, Scooters
GARAGE MOTU TAPU
P.O. Box 139- 98735 Uturoa- RAIATEA
Fax- (689) 66.29.11
Renting Cars, Scooters
HERTZ RENT A CAR
Located Uturoa center, PO. Box 999- 98735 Uturoa- RAIATEA
Telephone- (689) 66.44.88, Fax- (689) 66.44.89
Renting Cars, Scooters
Uturoa wharf, 98735 Uturoa- RAIATEA, Telephone-
(689) 79.16.61, Fax- (689) 66.27.17, Specializing in renting bicycles
Haamene Quay, P.O. Box 120, Haamene- TAHAA
Telephone/ Fax- (689) 65.62.48
Renting Cars, Scooters, bicycles
TAHAA MULTI SERVICES (EUROPCAR TAHAA)
Tapuamu Quay, P.O. Box 153, Haamene- TAHAA
Telephone- (689) 65.67.00/ 65.63.78, Fax- (689) 65.68.08
Renting Cars, Scooters, bicycles
A general pricing guide is the same on Raiatea and Tahaa as with the other islands: Fiat "Pandas",
or other low grade cars without air conditioning begin around US $ 65-75.00/day,
and go on up to around US $ 100.00 - 150.00/day for the more lavish cars
w /air. Hondas, Peugots, and Toyotas are among the local favorites.
TST Comment: Rental Cars
Depending on the season, AVAILABILITY of rental cars can be
an issue. Even in the "off" season, it is a good idea to pre
arrange a rental car before landing on any island if you can. Your hotel
can do this for you if you remind them to do so when you book your room,
or you can make the arrangements yourself by calling ahead.
cases, a car will be available to you, but don't take that for granted,
as you may end up looking at a scooter as your next best option...
There is one place on Raiatea to rent small powerboats and cruise the lagoon by
yourself. These boats are a great way to explore the peace and beauty
of the lagoon on a nice relaxing afternoon.
No special licenses are required
(for the smaller horsepower ones), however a basic knowledge of engines and
seamanship is recommended...
Tahina, Uturoa, (PK 1), PO
BOX 549- 98735- RAIATEA
Telephone:(689) 66.34.06, Fax:(689)
Contact: Patrick Bardou
2- 16 foot fiberglass boats, with maximum of 10 passengers
No boat license permit is required
for boat w/ 6 horsepower engine,
boating license IS required for
boat w/ 15 horse power engine.
On request for 1 or 2 hours, but
normally 1/2 or full day rentals.
Also, ASK US ABOUT OUR SPECIAL
Rental Car/ Pension package deal!
It's a deal that can't be beat
COME VISIT OUR DIRECT LINKING WEBSITE FOR ALL THE
Walking around Raiatea and Tahaa is a
great way to see and enjoy these
wonderful islands! Exploring
the area you are staying in by
foot is the best way to meet the
locals and really see and appreciate
the relaxed lifestyle of the islanders. It's also the best way to appreciate
the beauty of Raiatea and Tahaa.
You will be able to enjoy and
photograph your surroundings in
peace as nobody will be hurrying
or distracting you either. Bring
a daypack and make a full or 1/2
day out of just walking around
and enjoying the atmosphere- starting
from any place on the islands.
If you pack a towel and a snorkel,
you can also "dip when necessary"
along the way!
Every traveler knows how, or has had
an experience with hitchhiking. For fairly small, enclosed islands
such as Raiatea and Tahaa, the danger factor, (every hitchhikers
most important concern) is rather low. Unfortunately, this form
of travel on the islands isn't really a good option.
The problem lies in the fact that you will RARELY, if ever, be picked
up! Perhaps if you are a ravishingly beautiful girl traveling alone
you may be able to entice the locals to pull over by displaying
a little leg or other body part... but all others forget it! The
drivers will simply ignore you. Whether this is a French thing,
or possibly a Tahitian phenomenon, is unknown.
Consider yourself warned...
On these islands, if you plan on making this form of travel
your # 1 mode of transportation, you may end up walking some healthy
distances before realizing the truth: Hitchhiking the islands
of Polynesia is unfortunately and inheritantly difficult.
taxis and minibuses can be found
on the Uturoa wharf and at the
airport. They are a handy
form of transportation but can
cost a bit... (Sometimes, it's
convenient and justified to just
pay the ridiculous fee for these
guys to get you where you're staying
or the rental car office where
you can then make better transportation
Here's the contact:
PO. Box 370- 98 735
Uturoa, RAIATEA, Telephone- (689)
66.36.74/ 72.30.54, Contact: Mr. Germaine GUILLOUX
Based at the airport and Uturoa Harbour.
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