The Best of Tahaa French Polynesia

The Best of Tahaa French Polynesia -located just north of Raiatea, and only a few minutes by shuttle boat, the fragrant scent of vanilla envelops Tahaa, giving it its nickname, “the vanilla island.” The island produces more than 80% of French Polynesia’s vanilla, and visiting a vanilla plantation here will be a blissful experience as the plantations are located in luxuriant valleys among pineapples and coconuts.

Life slows down on Taha’a island. This charming and quiet island sweeps you deep into the typical Polynesians’ easy going life. Tiny motu with luminous white sand beaches surround the flower-shaped island with a soft mountain rising from the calm waters of a lagoon.

Vanilla-scented air wafts on breezes that pour down the hillsides from the island’s many vanilla farms, and those gentle aromas ride the ocean breezes proclaiming the island’s soul long before you can see it on the horizon.

The island of Taha’a is captivating. Slanted palm trees rise above pristine white sand beaches, crystal clear waters and overwater bungalows. Le Taha’a by Pearl Resorts is among the finest resorts in The Islands of Tahiti. You can learn more about The Best French Polynesian Islands here, or the Most Beautiful Beaches in French Polynesia here, or on Pinterest.

Tahaa Weather – Best Time to Visit Tahaa

Like all Society Islands, the ‘best’ time to visit Tahaa is during the dry season (May – October). During this time, the temperature is slightly lower and most importantly – there are less rain and clouds. Average temperatures range from the upper 60s to the mid-80s, which is ideal beach weather. Plus, the humidity is at its lowest. It is peak tourist season and hotel prices are high. Keep in mind also, that during these months, the southeasterly wind blows in this direction so the lagoon might be a bit choppy (and chilly at night).

Best Things to do in Tahaa

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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 establishment is a small family farm, where visitors are welcome.

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Drift Diving at the 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.

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Take the Coastal Road to Discover 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. The experience itself remains above all warm and human. The hospitality and benevolence of the resident population are real.

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Hiking to the Belvedere of Vaiautea

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.

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World Class Snorkeling on Motu Tautau

The real treat lies beneath the ocean’s surface. A carnival of sea life, from sharks to clownfish, inhabit the waters surrounding the island; the best views are located in the shallow channel adjacent to the motu of Tautau. Dubbed Tahaa’s Coral Garden, this snorkeling spot is easily accessible from Le Taha’a Island Resort & Spa or by boat charter. Snorkelers can expect pristine scenes of marine life and colorful coral that can sometimes be harder to spot on other Polynesian islands, where the waters are constantly churned up by tourists. The Coral Garden is best enjoyed during high tide so there’s enough water to avoid self-injury.

Best Tahaa Restaurants

Tahaa Matai $11 – 30

Cuisine: French, Polynesian Address: BP 209 haamene 98734 Tahaa Telephone: 689 40 65 70 85 Web: Tahaa Matai TripAdvisor Rating

Ma’a Viti Pizza $10 & Under

Cuisine: Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly Address: B.P 250 Patio, 98733 Tahaa Telephone: 689 87 73 57 11 Web: Ma’a Viti Pizza TripAdvisor Rating

Le Ficus $11 – 30

Cuisine: Polynesian Address: 123 Rue Principale Poutoru, Baie de Apu, 98734 Tahaa Telephone: 689 87 34 98 38 Web: Le Ficus TripAdvisor Rating

Le Vanille $30 & Up

Cuisine: French, Bar, Pub Address: Motu Tautau, 98733 Web: Le Vanille TripAdvisor Rating

Best Tahaa & Area Hotels

6 Comments

  1. Dana

    What a great post on an island gem, Taha island. Crystal clear blue water and white sandy beaches, it doesn´t get better than this.

    The vanilla fields sound very interesting. It seems that there are many tourist attractions and activities there.

    I absolutely enjoyed your Youtube video drone footage. It makes you feel like you want to go but never leave.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I would love to head to Tahaa and just be able to stay. So much beauty, things to do.  I feel like I would be in heaven for sure!  Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to leave me comments.

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  2. LineCowley

    I love visiting your website to discover beautiful beach destinations and get transported to idyllic places. Tahaa does not disappoint in terms of scenery and things to do. I can almost smell the vanilla the way in which you describe the scent of the “vanilla island”. 

    Visiting the vanilla valley and snorkeling at Coral Garden, as well as exploring the local crafts,  will be on my to do list when visiting Tahaa.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Those would be the top activities that I would tell anyone to do while in Tahaa.  It is just a wonderful place.  Probably my first choice in French Polynesia.  Thanks for visiting Beach Travel Destinations.

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  3. Warren

    French Polynesia is one of the places I would like to visit. Tahaa sounds like a great place with those white sand beaches. I might plan a trip there. What is the weather like in December? Would you recommend it for Christmas? Also, what should be the minimum expenses if someone was to go there? How much should I plan for a one month vacation?

    Thanks for the great information

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Oh, you will find the weather in December to be wonderful!  The first month of the summer,December , is also a moderately warm month in Taha’a, French Polynesia, with average temperature around 81°F.  To me that is just perfect weather 🙂  It’s really hard to give an estimate on expenses.  It varies considerably for flights on where you are flying in from, and then hotels also.  If you stay at a 5 star resort, obviously your expenses are going to be a lot higher.  You can take a look at the recommended hotels on my site, and once you click on them it will give you the hotel price for your room preference and time of year.  Food is also determined by your tastes.  So I can’t really give a ball park.  It is so dependent on your choices.

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