Tahaa is also named the Vanilla Island because of the many plantations that grow this sweet, odorous plant. The aroma of the island's property seems to infuse the air.
The island was settled by Maohi prisoners some hundred years ago and once was dubbed Uporu.
Tahaa was the unknown calm little island near Raiatea that overlooked by Bora Bora. But with time Tahaa began to grow. Today it has about 40 black pearl farms located along the white sand beaches of the islets. The island offers one of the most deluxe resorts in the South Pacific, Le Tahaa Private Island and Spa (the only Relais and Chateaux property in the South Pacific).
Tahaa has no airport, so you can arrive on the island by boat or helicopter charter. Tahaa may offer its guests a glimpse of traditional Tahitian life. The flower shaped island and its multicolored lagoons are surrounded by coral reefs.
About 4000 inhabitants offer warm and friendly hospitality and you may experience that wherever you go, people will smile at you. Its own unhurried pace is what attracts tourists here.
Tahaa is sometimes called the place of the 21st century escape offering its deep bays and small secluded beaches. If you like any outdoor activities, you can picnic on an isolated beach or hike in the mountains. Or head for the vanilla plantations to discover the mystery of this aromatic plant. Or just sit back in the sun.
No matter what you decide to do, Tahaa is a place of chaste splendor and still manages to maintain an authentic zest of French Polynesia.