Great sailing in the double lagoon of Raiatea and Tahaa. Watch for pearl farms and fishermen’s buoys and nets.
- Toahotu Pass:
East side of the lagoon, 30 m deep and 200 m wide.
- Te Ava Piti Pass:
the easiest on the east side to access Uturoa.
- Iriru Pass:
3 MN south of Teavapiti, flanked by two motu, narrow but deep.
- Te Ava Moa Pass:
facing Marae Taputapuatea. Narrow but deep, navigable under strong winds.
- Paipai Pass:
facing Hurepiti, on the west side, 36 m deep and 250 m wide.
- Tetooroa Bay:
“Bay of One Hundred Waterfalls” (fishing and surfing). Mooring buoys at the end of bay. Sheltered from SE winds. Protected mooring on the SE point of the motu.
- Motu Nao Nao :
At the west end, with 2.5 m of water. Private motu, only the beach is accessible.
- Opoa Bays:
Access to the Taputapuatea archeological site. 2 TN ISLV mooring buoys available near the Taputapuatea marae.
- Faaroa Bay:
Deep, excellent and sheltered anchorage, mooring buoys available, 4 TN ISLV mooring buoys available at the end of bay with a dock for dinghies, a water faucet and waste collection navigable river (by dinghy) and botanical garden.
- Vairahi Bay: 4 TN ISLV mooring buoys, docking, access to stores, pharmacy, excursions and activities nearby.
- Apu Bay: Southern Taha’a Point, open anchorage, mooring buoys available. Free visit of the Champon pearl farm.
- Hurepiti Bay: private mooring buoys at the head of the bay.
- Tapuamu Bay: sheltered by SE winds, 3 TN ISLV mooring buoys, small port, service station, water and grocery.
- Motu Tautau : mooring for snorkeling at the “coral garden”.
- Patio Village: 3 TN ISLV mooring buoys with access to the village
- Faaaha Bay: mooring buoys of Motu Pearl Village, 3 mooring buoys TN ISLV at the end of bay.
- Haamene Bay: mooring buoys of the Hibiscus restaurant or anchorage et TN ISLV mooring buoys at the end of the bay facing the village, pharmacy, market, post office, stores, restaurant.
We recommend here:
- Motu Mahaea : stable mooring, sand bottom, by 4/5 m, possible meals on the motu.
Port and Marinas – VHF 12 / 16
The site of Marae Taputapuātea on the island of Ra’iatea is an ancient cultural and political complex, which played a major role in the history of Polynesian civilization.
Located strategically between land sea at the Mā-tahirā-i-te-ra’i point, it is home to many monuments, the most notable of which are the marae, open air temples and Polynesian sacred spaces: the Taputapuātea marae is the most monumental – whose large slabs carved in coral rise up to 3 meters high, the Hau-viri marae – facing the pass and on which Te Papa o Tea Rūea, the inauguration stone of the Huiari’i Tamatoa – ancient chiefs stands in the center of the court, the ‘Ōpū-teina marae, the Tau-’aitū marae and the marae-o-Hiro.
Taputapuatea was the religious and political center of the Tamatoa chiefdom of ‘Opoa, which reigned in the 17th and 18th centuries through a network of religious and political alliances throughout eastern Polynesia, particularly through the mastery of canoe building and navigation. The spread of the cult of the god ‘Oro to whom the Taputapuatea marae was dedicated, was manifested by the replication of many marae Taputapuātea in eastern Polynesia (Windward islands, Tuamotu, Cook Islands, Australs, etc..) or the adoption of a name as a place name (Hawaii, New Zealand).
This sacred site is also inseparable from the traditional territory of the former ‘Opoa chiefdom, of which it was the center: the landscape is dominated by the sacred Tea-’ē-tapu mountain, forests home to many archaeological remains in the ‘ Opoa valley, the sacred Te Ava Mo’a pass, and the islet (motu) ‘ -tara. The cultural scenery of Taputapuātea including these marae is currently a candidate for inclusion on the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Excursions to the Te Mehani
Exceptional view point, the Te Mehani plateaus are home to various plants and small trees that are protected and strictly endemic to Raiatea. One is the Tiare ‘apetahi, which is the emblem of Raiatea and has been celebrated in many local legends. It is also an example of Polynesia’s plants that are threatened by extinction.
- Thank you for staying on the hiking paths, an ecological restauration is being done : we are replanting Tiare ‘apetahi for future generations as well as several endemic plants.
- Do not step on, cut or pick any plant.
- Take out your backpacks when coming close to the Tiare ‘apetahi, no more than 5 people around and keep a distance relative to the plant, avoid touching the plant.
- Preferably use a professional guide. The Te mehani rahi plateau is mostly private. Please contact the Tuihana Association (87 79 37 12) or the Service Développement Rural (40 60 21 00) before any hike for your safety. The Te mehani ‘ute’ute plateau is listed as a protected area and its access is regulated and strictly submitted to authorization.
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