Tours - Island
We took this tour for an overview via boat of the island of Taha’a, which is directly across from Raiatea, and accessible only by private boat or little commuter ferries. We wanted to see all the highlights all at once before picking what areas we would re-explore at our own pace on Shindig.
There are many tour companies listed online for Taha’a - this one stood out by its referral from another cruising catamaran, Panache, who had just finished the tour with a party of six. We jumped at the opportunity to try it ourselves. Would give the day a 10/10!
Excursion Bleu: Motorized outrigger with shade gives you access to shallow lagoons. They can pick you up in the anchorage outside downtown Uturoa, Raiatea. Timeframe is 830 - 5PM. Cost 110,000 xpf per person. Email: email@example.com
Bruno was our contact - good email communication. We booked two days in advance.
The following activities were included: swimming with swing rays and black tipped sharks in open water, guided tour of Vanilla Farm with full process of growing and harvesting explained, snorkeling in the 1st of 2 Coral Gardens, buffet lunch in very pleasant setting, lagoon side at a local families home, guided tour of the Pearl Farm “Chan”, 2nd Coral Garden snorkeling through very shallow areas with coral and fish, Tour of the Taha’a Rum distillery and transportation back to boat.
The highlights were having plenty of time in the water (3 different sessions), great pace of activities, conversational tour guide and driver, having guided tour in the 2nd Coral Garden, where we went single file following the leader through the maze of Coral. In addition to lunch, there were snacks, including rum punch provided, and at the end of the day, cold Hinano beers.
The group had a total of 10 participants, we were the only cruisers, English speaking and the oldest (!). It was a fabulous day spent as tourists, and highly recommended!