Jul 19, 2018 - National Geographic Orion
Ra’iatea was formerly known as Havai’i, a name that has traveled with the Polynesians throughout their migrations. This morning National Geographic Orion entered the sacred pass, “Te Ava Moa,” and anchored near the most important religious site of Eastern Polynesia, Taputapuatea. In 2017 the cultural value of this site was internationally recognized through its classification as a UNESCO world heritage site. The surrounding landscape with agricultural terraces and more than 80 archaeological remains are part of the protected area; six restored ceremonial structures by the lagoon are easily accessible.
At lunchtime we relocated to the sister island of Taha’a, where guests could choose between a beach afternoon at a beautiful small reef island, visiting a vanilla plantation, or a combination of both activities.
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