Near Bora Bora and Huahine in the Society group, 135 mi/220 km northwest of Papeete, Raiatea is a large and tall volcanic island whose central mountains reach heights of 3,350 ft/1,000 m. (Mount Temehani is the highest point—be sure to see its radiant tiare apetahi flowers.) Its twin island, Tahaa, sits just across a mile-/kilometer-wide lagoon.
Despite its size, Raiatea has less to offer visitors than do Tahaa and nearby Huahine and Bora Bora. Its central location and large lagoon have made it popular with yachters, however. Those chartering a boat to cruise the Society Islands may well begin and end their trip there.
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