Taha’a Snorkel and Exploration with Lunch
Raiatea, French Polynesia
- Snorkeling paradise: Taha’a has one of the most beautiful coral gardens in the Leeward Islands, and you'll go there to explore the colorful underwater world with complimentary mask and snorkel.
- Black pearl farm: Visit a working Tahitian pearl farm, explore the grounds, and learn how Tahiti's incomparable black pearls are grafted and harvested.
- Vanilla plantation: You'll know you're getting close by the wonderful scent in the air. Stroll among the climbing orchids that produce vanilla pods, and tour the facility to see how vanilla is cultivated and processed.
- Lunch on an island: Enjoy a traditional Tahitian lunch featuring fresh local fish while you sit in the shade under an almond tree on a pristine motu (tiny island).
- Roundtrip transportation: Hotel pick-up and drop-off from most local hotels is included; a small fee may apply at some locations.
About This Raiatea Tour
This is a day for all the senses. Eight glorious hours dedicated to sight, sound, taste, touch, and smell. A day with a guide to introduce you to wonderful experiences. And a hostess to add to the comfort of a 30-foot boat.
Few things rival the beauty of the Taha’a coral garden. It's a burst of colorful fish and corals that together create an underwater metropolis. And you get to spy the "residents" as they go about their daily lives.
A different kind of beauty will catch your eye outside the water. Tahiti means black pearls, and the ones grown here are unequalled anywhere else. Be careful or you'll fall under their spell.
No need to wonder why Taha’a is called the Vanilla Island. About 80 per cent of the vanilla produced in Tahiti comes from Taha’a. The sweet aroma is everywhere. And at the motu, your mouth will water long before you taste the incredible Tahitian lunch.
That covers sight, smell, and taste. As for touch and sound, you'll be swimming in warm waters, walking on soft sand, and hearing only the sounds of your vacation.
It's a sensational day.
Making a black pearl
Black pearls are much rarer than regular pearls, and with good reason. Pearl farmers must know how to select the very best oysters for grafting (transplanting) with the nucleus that will form the pearl – a delicate operation. The oyster needs at least 18 months before it produces a gem. And the pearl is carefully removed and inspected for roundness. The same oyster can only be used up to three or four times to produce a pearl.
We pick up and drop off at any of these locations: Raiatea Lodge, Sunset Beach, Villa Tono, Pension Manava, Fare Vai Nui (extra charge). Tell us your preferred location at checkout to confirm. Look for our representative with the tour's name on a sign.
Be careful not to touch or step on the coral reef, and avoid touch any underwater animals for safety and environmental reasons. Wildlife sightings are likely but never guaranteed.
Itinerary and order of the visited sites may change without prior notice according to weather conditions or other circumstances.
To fully participate in these water activities, you must know how to swim, be comfortable in the water, and able to cope with occasional currents. This tour is not suitable for travelers with limited mobility or those who utilize a wheelchair.
Adventure, Wilderness/Wildlife, Water Sports
30-foot, covered, motorized boat
Guide, Hostess, Water during the tour, Lunch on a private motu (fruit juice, local beer, wine included)
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for travelers 3 years of age and older.
Special Medical Restriction
All travelers must be able to swim and maneuver in and out of the boat. If you have knee or hip problems, have recently suffered an injury, or you are pregnant, this may be a challenge for you.
Any swimming is at each participant's own risk.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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