Raiatea is known as the "sacred isle" from which all of
eastern Polynesia was believed to have been colonized. In
Raiatea, I drove around the island with my friends. One
of the stops we made was at the Marae Taputapuatea.
Maraes were sites where ceremonies and sacrifices took
place. Marae Taputapuatea is one of the largest and
best preserved in Polynesia.
One of the things that we
noticed while driving around
Raiatea was that there are no
white sand beaches of note on
the island.
While driving around Raiatea, I had the chance
to get a bear's-eye view of breadfruit,
coconuts, and a variety of flowers.
If you want to go to a nice beach if Raiatea, take a boat to a motu or small
island off the coast.