Only 40 minute away by plane ride from Papeete, the capital of Tahiti, Raiatea is the second largest Island in all of French Polynesia and is just slightly smaller than Tahiti itself.
The islands of Raiatea and Tahaa are both enclosed by the same coral reef, and may once have been a single island.
Raiatea is both the largest and most populated island in the Leeward Islands, with a land area of 64.7 sq. miles and a total population of 12,024 inhabitants at the August 2007 census.
Raiatea has a landscape of waterfalls, bays and fertile valleys with the highest point being Mount Temehani.
Most of the beaches that are to be enjoyed on Raiatea take the form of deserted little outer lying islands known as Motus.