Society Islands, French Polynesia

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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Isa Weber

Cultural Specialist

Born with the travel bug in a small German town, Isa escaped provincial monotony at the age of 20—working for five years on cargo ships allowed her to travel off the beaten path. After several stays in Indonesia she became a secretary at the Foreign Office in Germany and was posted to Kobe, Japan. During a vacation to the islands of Tahiti Isa felt that this was the place where she wanted to drop anchor and moved to Tahiti in 1982.

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