Raiatea, Society Islands, French Polynesia
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Approximately 3½ Hours
This tour will initiate you to the legends and folklore of historic Raiatea (the Sacred Island) with a voyage into Polynesia's past.
You'll pass through the town of Uturoa, around the Bay of Faaroa and through the island's crater. Visit the Taputapuatea Marae -- Raiatea's most famous landmark. The marae is an open-air temple comprised of seven sacred sites built of stone and coral, and dedicated to Oro -- the bloodthirsty god of war who demanded human sacrifices.
Discover the tropical plants, flowers and trees that contribute to the lush beauty of the island and your guide will point out local fruits and flowers in various stages of growth.
This tour is operated using basic island-style 'le truck' buses with no PA system. Guides accompany the tour but it is not always possible to hear everything as the truck travels noisily along the natural terrain of the island. The bench seating is not cushioned and provides minimal back support. The guides may switch buses for the return drive.