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Raiatea, French Polynesia
Raiatea, French Polynesia | © Paulo Gustavo

Raiatea: tourist information

Raiatea is located in the southern part of the Leeward Islands. Its huge lagoon also incorporates the island of Tahaa. Raiatea has an area of 238 square kilometers (92 sq. miles). That makes it the fourth largest island in French Polynesia in terms of area. The biggest island is Tahiti (1,042 sq. kilometers, or 402 sq. miles), followed by Nuku Hiva in the northern Marquesas Islands (330 sq. kilometers, or 127 sq. miles) and Hiva Oa in the southern Marquesas Islands (320 sq. kilometers, or 124 sq. miles).

Raiatea is shaped like an isosceles triangle with a base of 14 kilometers (8.7 miles) and a height of 20 kilometers (12.4 miles). The island is an old former volcanic mass, the last lava having flowed some 2.5 million years ago. Raiatea’s tallest point is in the south, where Mt. Tefatoaiti reaches an altitude of 1,017 meters (3,337 ft.). In the north there is the Temehani volcanic rock plateau, which rises to 792 meters (2,598 ft.) and is decorated by historic peaks. Several big valleys cut deeply into the edges of this high island, creating some of the most favorable places for populations to settle. They include six bays—Vairahi, Faaroa and Opoa along the east coast; Faatemu at the southern tip; and Vaihuti and Vaiaau along the west coast. Alluvial fans--deposits of streams coming from a gorge upon a plain—have partially filled in the bays, offering flat land that helps compensate for the narrowness of the coastal plains.

Raiatea has the reputation of being the cradle of Polynesian civilizations. In ancient times, the island was known as “Havai’i fanau’ra fenua”, which means “Havai’i, the cradle”. Furthermore, famous ethnologist Pearl Buck wrote that according to Polynesian mythology fragments of Havai’i broke off to create other islands, swimming like a fish to become the Windward Islands of Tahiti, Moorea, Maiao, Mehetia and Tetiaroa.

Location

  • Country: French Polynesia
  • Capital: Papeete/Polynesia
  • Government: France
  • State/Region: Society Islands
  • Time Zone: -10 GMT
  • Language: French, Tahitian
  • Latitude: -16.7166670
  • Longitude: -151.4500000
  • Est. Population: 11113
  • Currency: C. F. du Pacifique Franc
  • Fire: Fire Dept. dial: 18
  • Police: Police dial: 17
  • Ambulance & Rescue: SMUR (Emergency and Reanimation Service) dial:15
  • Raiatea, French Polynesia
    Raiatea, French Polynesia | © Jamie Gilman

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    Raiatea, French Polynesia
    Raiatea, French Polynesia | © greg Boutinaud

    Raiatea in the News

    Port rating and occupancy

    Port of Raiatea ranks 304th in the world in terms of the number of tourists visiting it.

    Number of cruise ship calls in the coming year: 109.

    The total number of tourists (passengers) of cruise ships in the port of Raiatea in the next 12 months is 69892.

    According to the popularity rating among more than 1,000 cruise ports in the world, Raiatea ranks 400.

    Weather in Raiatea

    Feb 3
    Min/Max temp: 81°F (27°C) / 81°F (27°C)
    Rain (light rain), small wind
    Feb 4
    Min/Max temp: 81°F (27°C) / 81°F (27°C)
    Rain (light rain), small wind
    Feb 5
    Min/Max temp: 81°F (27°C) / 81°F (27°C)
    Rain (moderate rain), small wind
    Feb 6
    Min/Max temp: 81°F (27°C) / 81°F (27°C)
    Rain (moderate rain), small wind
    Feb 7
    Min/Max temp: 81°F (27°C) / 81°F (27°C)
    Rain (light rain), small wind
    Feb 8
    Min/Max temp: 79°F (26°C) / 81°F (27°C)
    Rain (light rain), small wind
    Feb 9
    Min/Max temp: 79°F (26°C) / 81°F (27°C)
    Rain (light rain), small wind
    Feb 10
    Min/Max temp: 79°F (26°C) / 81°F (27°C)
    Rain (light rain), small wind

    Current water temperature in Raiatea now is 83°F (28.2°C)

    Water temperature data provided by seatemperature.net.

    Annual Weather

    Jan
    Min/Max temp: 81°F (27°C) / 84°F (29°C)
    Feb
    Min/Max temp: 82°F (28°C) / 84°F (29°C)
    Mar
    Min/Max temp: 82°F (28°C) / 86°F (30°C)
    Apr
    Min/Max temp: 82°F (28°C) / 84°F (29°C)
    May
    Min/Max temp: 81°F (27°C) / 84°F (29°C)
    Jun
    Min/Max temp: 81°F (27°C) / 84°F (29°C)
    Jul
    Min/Max temp: 79°F (26°C) / 82°F (28°C)
    Aug
    Min/Max temp: 81°F (27°C) / 84°F (29°C)
    Sep
    Min/Max temp: 79°F (26°C) / 82°F (28°C)
    Oct
    Min/Max temp: 79°F (26°C) / 84°F (29°C)
    Nov
    Min/Max temp: 81°F (27°C) / 84°F (29°C)
    Dec
    Min/Max temp: 82°F (28°C) / 84°F (29°C)
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