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The Vanilla Island

Tahaa is more authentic, relaxed and private and would give you a great glimpse into real island culture. On Tahaa, your vacation will be more about spending time at your resort and getting away to relax. There are some excursions however your stay would generally be more focused at the resort.

Taha'a Restaurants

Dining on Taha'a

"Ohiri" is Le Taha'a Private Island Resort & Spa's fine dining restaurant featuring rich culinary choices created by a famous chef. The resort features two other dining options including "Le Plage" located poolside as well as the main dining restaurant "Vanille".

The Vahine Island Resort restaurant and bar offers an open-air and intimate dining atmosphere featuring local seafood and exotic flavors with a French flair.

Mama Louise’s is a simple but authentic eating experience on the main island of Taha’a. Mama Louise will take you to a small restaurant attached to her home and prepare dinner for you and several other guests. The food is good and the experience is truly Tahitian!

Taha'a Activities

For the visitor to Taha'a, the cadence of life creates activities with a more relaxing pace:

  • Exploration of the tiny villages and simple island living along the shores by car or bicycle.
  • Discovery of the family-owned pearl farms.
  • Enjoyment of the white-sand beaches at a "motu picnic".
  • Adventure into the mountains on one of the many ancient hiking trails.
  • Relaxation at the luxurious and remote resorts.

Vanilla Plantations

The scented air of Taha'a comes from the fragrance of vanilla pods curing in the sun. Over 80% of Tahiti's harvest of this famous spice is grown here. Plantation tours include strolling among the rows of climbing orchids and a demonstration of the pollination and curing process.

Island Exploration

Taha'a is an enjoyable island to explore. By car or bus tour, drive along the quiet circle-island roads and stop at the villages and peaceful shores. By boat, cruise within bays dotted with pearl farms or come ashore on a tiny motu. By foot, follow a guide along ancient footpaths including a trek to the Temehani Plateau and to the slopes of Mount Temehani to see the opening of the Tiare Apetahi flowers.


A favorite of all divers, the shared lagoon between the islands is rich with numbers of sites and in variety including landscapes of sea mounts, caverns, drop-offs, and famous wrecks.


The calm and secluded lagoon is home to a wide variety of reef fish and plant life. Since fish-feeding is practiced, the lagoon attracts large schools of eels, perches, triggerfish, red snappers, silver jacks, tunas, red runners, and reef sharks.

Picnic on Your Own Island

Dozens of tiny motu surround these islands and many are available for half- or full-day use for couples or groups. Most islands can be circled in a few minutes by foot and are the perfect spot to picnic under a coconut tree, snorkel around the island, or relax with a book.

Organized Excursions On Taha'a

4x4 Taha'a Safari (3 ½ hours) *TOP PICK

Discover Taha'a on a tour which includes a visit to a black pearl farm, a vanilla plantation and other sights. (Available every day. 9-12:30pm & 1-4:30pm)

Combo 4-Wheel-Drive and Lagoon Tour with Tahitian Lunch (8 hours)

Enjoy a tour partly by boat and partly by 4x4. First, visit a black pearl farm followed by a vanilla plantation. After your circle of the island by 4x4 you will stop at the Vaitoetoe viewing point. There your guide will tell you about the local legends and customs. Next, visit the marine turtle protection foundation, then board a boat which will take you to a shark and ray feeding spot before heading to a motu for a Tahitian lunch. Lunch typically consists of chicken, poisson cru (Tahitian specialty), local vegetables, local dessert and more. After lunch you can enjoy sunbathing or snorkeling at the Coral Garden where you can swim and snorkel to see the beautiful underwater life of Tahaa. (Available every day 9:00am-5:00pm)

Taha'a Sights

The vanilla plantations that dot the island of Taha’a make for a fragrant and interesting visit

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