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A warm, inviting welcome and personalized service will make your stay at Raiatea Hawaiki Nui Hotel feel like home away from home. The hotel provides a wonderful gateway to discover Raiatea, the "Sacred Island" known as the birthplace of the Polynesian gods.
Raiatea is the capital of the Leeward Islands and the second largest island in French Polynesia, situated 193 km (120 miles) northwest of Tahiti.
Due to the ideal sailing and fishing conditions, Raiatea offers charters and nautical activities year-round.
The resort has 8 air conditioned Garden Rooms, 8 Garden Bungalows, 3 Lagoon Bungalows, 3 Over-water Bungalows and 6 Premium Over-water Bungalows, combining traditional style with modern comforts to host both local and international guests.
Each room is equipped with a mini-bar, television, ceiling fan, telephone and safety deposit box. The garden bungalows offer a lounge area, while the over water bungalows have a lovely veranda overlooking the lagoon.
In addition, the hotel has an indoor-outdoor bar, and its restaurant is reputed to be the finest on the island. There is also a fine boutique and a swimming pool to accommodate everyone.
The hotel is host to a number of excursions, each of which is more tempting than the next. The two sister islands: Raiatea and Taha'a are unique in that they are two high islands trapped in an immense lagoon and protected by a common barrier reef. They offer 259 square kms of land to be explored on foot, on horseback or by jeep.
Raiatea boasts the only navigable river in French Polynesia . . . the Apoo Ma'u in the Bay of Faaroa.
Raiatea and Taha'a, the island of vanilla, are choice destinations for both snorkeling and scuba diving and there are more than 50 catalogued sites for both beginner and experienced divers alike.
A visit to the magical universe of the sister island, Taha'a, promises a timeless encounter with the Polynesia of yesterday. The journey in outrigger canoe allows time to pass slowly, making possible a fragile link between an often inaccessible Polynesian lifestyle and the visitor to this remote world. This excursion gives time the opportunity to discover the feeling of authenticity by revealing little by little the smallest of nuances which are magic in their own.
The island has the richest lagoon of the Society Islands thus providing truly amazing diving. There are over 30 dive sites between Raiatea and Taha'a with deep dives and caves. The underwater landscape wealth is enhanced by the "Nordby", a magnificent three-mast schooner that sank in 1900, and is located just in front the Raiatea Pearl Resort.
One of the special features of the area is the Distichopora coral, which creates superb yellow and violet tones on the outward slopes and nudibranch. Dive sites are 5 to 15 minutes by boat from the hotel.
Your stay at the Raiatea Hawaiki Nui Hotel will be a little bit like discovering the soul of the ancient Polynesians, the navigators and conquerors who continue to reign among these Leeward Islands.
Photographs courtesy of Pearl Resorts