Little exposed to mass tourism, the Vanilla Island breathes calm and authenticity in a dream landscape. All your senses will be put to work. The panoramas on the lagoon are extraordinary, while the flavors of vanilla drying in the sun will titillate your taste buds. Wondering what to do in Tahaa? Here is a selection of the best activities on the island.
1. Visit the Vanilla Valley
Tahaa is famous for its vanilla production which is among the purest in the world. There is nothing like buying vanilla directly from the island’s vanilla factories in the purest Polynesian tradition. One of them stands out: the Vanilla Valley. Located on the eastern side of Tahaa, the small family farm welcomes visitors.
Guided tours can be arranged to learn more about the vanilla production process. From the hand pollination to the drying of the pods in the sun, you witness the transformation of vanilla from green to absolute black. A visit to the store will allow you to buy some vanilla beans and other products. On Vanilla Island, it would indeed be a shame not to enjoy these exquisite flavors. So don’t miss the visit to the Vanilla Valley, one of the best things to do in Tahaa.
2. Drift Snorkeling at Coral Garden
The Coral Garden is the must-see spot for snorkeling in Tahaa. It is a shallow passage between two strips of sandy land. Carried by a weak incoming current, you will drift in the crystal clear waters above the corals of all colors. Very well preserved, these coral massifs are the natural habitat of an extremely rich and varied aquatic fauna. Hundreds of butterfly fishes accompany you next to clown fishes, parrots and many others. The show is truly marvelous and this aquatic discovery is to be done and done again.
To get there, the easiest way is to stay at Taha’a by Pearl Resorts, the best hotel in Tahaa. You will have direct access to the site from the resort. Others can enjoy this exceptional experience as part of an organized tour from the main island to the most beautiful beaches of Tahaa.
3. Get Around the Island to the Local Crafts
Touring it by car or bicycle is one of the best things to do in Tahaa. You will first take the coastal road before taking the cross-country road. The landscapes are enchanting. Sparsely populated, the island has little infrastructure and lives to the rhythm of eight small villages. This is an opportunity to promote small businesses, often family owned. These are one of the links in the social fabric of Tahaa.
Rum alcohol is honored on the West coast. In the village of Tapu’amu, the Pari Pari distillery has even built a solid international reputation. And why not leave with a small souvenir of Tahaa? Of course, vanilla rum is the main product. The other pride of Tahaa is its pearl production: the Tahitian black pearl. Several pearl farms are located in the commune. It is possible to visit the Champon Pearl Farm, known for the excellence of its pearls.
4. Hiking to Vaiautea Belvedere
Tahaa is a high, mountainous island and therefore offers the possibility of beautiful hikes. In the heart of a preserved nature, you will discover fantastic panoramas on the bays of the main island. As the hiking trails are not well marked or cross private properties, the alternative to wilderness excursions is to go up the crossing road between the villages of Haamene and Ruutia. After a two-kilometer climb with a medium gradient, you will arrive at the Vaiautea pass.
At the top of the hill, you will have an impressive view of the bays of Hurepiti and Haamene. During a break, you will be able to observe the particular layout of Tahaa. Indeed, the bay of Haamene goes deep into the interior. As such, it is the largest bay in French Polynesia. The viewpoint also allows a nice panorama on the mountainous massifs, in particular the Ohiri (590 m) and Puurauti (550 m) mounts.
5. Your Honeymoon on a Motu
Tahaa appears as the ideal charming destination to celebrate romance and love. The natural landscapes are just as amazing. Its lagoon is also beautiful and promises unforgettable excursions by boat, kayak or paddle. Quieter, less exposed, Tahaa is a natural wonder in vanilla flavors.
The hotels in Tahaa are among the best in French Polynesia. Often luxurious, they offer optimal accommodation and an impeccable quality of service to spend the most beautiful honeymoon. At Taha’a by Pearl Resorts, couples will appreciate the charm of the overwater bungalows. In a more intimate style, La Pirogue Api welcomes you to the end of the world in the enchanting setting of beach bungalows. Will Tahaa be the place for your next romantic trip?
Come to Tahaa and French Polynesia!
Getting to Tahaa, you will have to go through the neighboring island of Raiatea. You will be introduced to the Polynesian culture at its most sacred: temples and traditional rites will be on the program. Indeed, the islands of French Polynesia present very different profiles. Contact us now to start planning your trip.