The richness of Raiatea emanates from the emerald jungles and jagged mountains overlooking the sapphire and indigo colors of the South Pacific. Legend states the island was the birthplace of Polynesia, adding a layer of mystic and majestic ambiance to the unprecedented landscape. Coconut palms line the seaside and mango trees grow along the edges of hidden villages set in the jungle hills. Your flight lands at Raiatea Airport, located near the town of Uturoa. The stoic sea brushes against the shallow sands along the edges of the runway. The aroma of the salt water blends with the sweet air carrying the scent of coconut.
The island is the second largest, after Tahiti, encompassing nearly 65 square miles. The steep mountains slope down, nearly touching the reefs fringing the lagoon. Images of dangling fish caught fresh that morning fill the market in Uturoa. Produce shimmers with vibrant oranges, reds, and yellows against the lush greenery of the island trees. Your private transfer escorts you from the airport to your yacht situated in Marina Apooiti. Take your time settling into the island with a visit to the Taputapuatea, with the best-preserved historical site on the island located on the southeastern coast. The Marea had established themselves on the island before the 11th century, utilizing their navigators to travel across the Pacific. The archaeological complex features remnants of stone structures and a central temple in view of the glowing sea.