Raiatea, French Polynesia Cruise Port

4.3 out of 5

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erikgaylene says ...
Buy French Polynesian francs at home before you leave, you get a better exchange rate...
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About Raiatea, French Polynesia

Raiatea is the second largest island of French Polynesia after Tahiti. A tour of the island will reveal lush green valleys, numerous waterfalls, pineapple and vanilla plantations. Discover fascinating underwater scenery within Raiatea's deep lagoon which is rich with fish, and surrounded by mountains.

What people said about this port:

"great vanilla plantation tour and pearl farm." in 2 reviews.


13 reviews and tips of Raiatea, French Polynesia




EmilyL1
Contributor Level: Deck Hand

Traveled As:
Couple

Experience:
4-6 cruises

We went to the vanilla plantation and a black pearl farm. It was interesting hearing about both and experiencing it. Unfortunately, the pearl shopping was a disappointment here. It seemed picked over. The vanilla plantation, our host was very informed and I truly understand how it's produced. I thought we would be able to buy bigger bottles of vanilla and was disappointed that they were tiny bottles for $10.00 each. I did buy some beans and am making my own though.

Visited: Dec 07, 2006

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GregoryR3
Contributor Level: Deck Hand

Traveled As:
Couple

Experience:
7+ cruises

This was the only port with a warft other than Papeete. That means the market and the art shops are with in walking distance and should be visited. Try to go beyond the shops at the dack, they are better stocked and priced.

Visited: Feb 18, 2008

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erikgaylene
Contributor Level: Purser

Traveled As:
Couple

Experience:
7+ cruises

Buy French Polynesian francs at home before you leave, you get a better exchange rate at your bank than at an ATM on the islands, and better deals using the francs.

Visited: Mar 24, 2017

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StefanieB1
Contributor Level: Deck Hand

Traveled As:
Couple

Experience:
7+ cruises

We went on a snorkel excursion. I recommend doing some sort of snorkel excursion or island tour since there is not much to do in the main town. Local tours are offered as you come off the tender. We ate at a geat Chinese Restaurant, the Sea Horse right where the tender drops you off.

Visited: Jul 31, 2007

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