Raiatea, Society Islands, French Polynesia
Tales & Legends of Raiatea
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Approximately 3½ Hours
Discover the main highlights of Raiatea's east coast. You'll cross the lagoon by boat and head towards the Faaroa River. Pretty tropical vegetation lines the riverbanks.
As you travel, your guide will tell you about some of the legends surrounding the river and the origins of Taputapuatea. The historic marae (sacred meeting place) of Taputapuatea is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, celebrated for 'lying at the center of the Polynesian Triangle… and [being] the last part of the globe to be settled by humans.' It is the cradle of Polynesian culture and former seat of religious and political power of the whole country.
Before you head back to the ship, you will stop at a local islet for a refreshment and time to relax on the beach .
The boat is not wheelchair accessible. Not advisable for guests with mobility limitations. Waiver must be signed and medical conditions disclosed. Wear your swimsuit under your clothing; bring a towel, sunscreen, a hat and insect repellent. Wear a rash guard and aqua shoes. Bring bottled water. Guests participating in this water activity must be extremely competent swimmers and be able to cope with a very strong current. Depth of water is not guaranteed, due to currents and sea level variation. Do not to touch or step on the coral reef, or touch any underwater animals for safety and environmental reasons. Wildlife sightings are likely but are not guaranteed. Sailing on board a boat requires vigilance; guests must be physically and mentally alert to the boating environment and fit enough to negotiate steps and the vessel layout. The boat environment will be wet; personal belongings should be stored with caution. Expensive clothing or jewelry should not be worn on tour. Tour operates rain or shine; no weather-related refunds are offered. However, the tour operator reserves the right to cancel the tour in the event of extreme weather or sea conditions.