Silversea Luxury Cruises A RAIATEA ISLAND

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Known as the "Sacred Island," Raiatea is a fascinating haunt for archaeologists and historians as it's one of the islands in the Pacific where Polynesian culture can trace its roots. Visitors will find many of the older Polynesian structures still in place and are fascinating places to explore. In the 16th century, Raiatea developed a powerful cult dedicated to Oro the God of War and built a large meeting ground, the Taputaputea Marae, which is still intact. View more

Human sacrifice was practiced until around the middle of the 18th century and visitors should look for the sacrificial stone. Several tour operators run visits to the marae (ancient temples) along with some degree of informed commentary—although in fairness Polynesian storytelling can embellish things a little. The Faaroa River is the only navigable waterway in French Polynesia and it can be traveled by powerboat or outrigger canoe. Running through the Faaroa Gorge it passes some spectacular scenery with steep-walled jungle foliage holding dozens of bird species and wild hibiscus. Trekking up Mount Temehani, a well-known landmark that's said to be Oro's birthplace, is relatively demanding. Keep a lookout for the rare, five-petal tiare apetahi. Said to be impossible to grow anywhere else, this white, indigenous flower can only be found above 1,300 feet (396 meters). Look, but don't touch. It's against the law to pick them.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.

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    dez 22 2022
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    16 Dias
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    Silver Whisper
De US$ 12.420
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Excursões em RAIATEA ISLAND

Faaroa River Cruise & Motu Beach Break

Discover Raiatea's beauty and world-famous lagoon during this scenic cruise from Uturoa south to the Faaroa Bay and Faaroa River.


Faaroa River Cruise

After embarking a motorised outrigger canoe at the pier, you can relax as your guide navigates the boat through the magnificent lagoon and along the scenic coastline toward Faaroa Bay. In ancient times, this fjord-like inlet with steep, verdant cliffs on either side was the traditional departure point for Polynesians emigrating to Hawaii and New Zealand. Venture up the Faaroa River, cruising for approximately one mile into the shady realms of thick foliage and jungle growth.


Motu Beach Break

The tour continues with a visit to one of the many 'motus' scattered around the lagoon, and an opportunity to soak up the picture-perfect setting of the coral atoll and its white-sand beach. Swim, snorkel or just relax and take in these beautiful surroundings whilst being served local fruits and juice.


Your tour concludes with a brief cruise back to the pier in Uturoa.

Faaroa River Kayaking

Paddle down the Faaroa River through the majestic tropical forest of Raiatea island while exploring local fauna and flora. This is truly a wonderful active way to appreciate Raiatea's beauty.

Faaroa River, Safety Briefing, Two-Hour Guided Kayaking

Depart the pier and drive to the Faaroa River, the only navigable river in French Polynesia. Upon arrival you will receive your safety briefing and equipment before embarking on your approximate two-hour kayaking adventure. Starting at the fjord-like inlet known as the Faaroa Gorge, gently paddle along the river with your guide passing lush jungle foliage which is home to many species of birds and wild hibiscus purau trees. Take in the peaceful surroundings and appreciate Raiatea's lush jungle interior before re-boarding your minibus for the return journey back to the pier.

Marae Taputaputatea by 'Le Truck'

Voyage into Polynesia's past onboard typical island style, Le Truck, bus with legends and folklore stories of historic Raiatea - 'The Sacred Island'.


Utoroa, Bay of Faaroa, Faaroa River

Leaving the port area, your truck navigates through the town of Uturoa, around the Bay of Faaroa to your first stop with a view over the Faaroa River, which is the only navigable river in the Society Islands.


Marae Taputapuatea

After your photo-stop, re-board your truck and head to the Marae Taputapuatea, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which features a number of Marae and other stone structures and once was considered the central temple and religious centre of Eastern Polynesia.


Volcanic Crater View

Your last stop on this tour will be to view a volcanic crater before your drive back to your ship. During the drive, your guide will point out local fruits and flowers in various stages of growth and you will discover tropical plants, flowers and trees that contribute to the lush beauty of the Island.


The tour concludes back at the pier.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.