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Uturoa, Raiatea, French Polinesya

Uturoa is a commune (municipality) of French Polynesia, an overseas territory of France in the Pacific Ocean. The commune of Uturoa is located on the island of Raiatea, in the administrative subdivision of the Leeward Islands of which Uturoa is the administrative capital. The Leeward Islands are themselves part of the Society Islands. Uturoa is the main port of Raiatea Island.

Raiatea is unique among the Tahitian Islands. It and its little sister Tahaa and far removed from the more touristy islands like Moorea, Bora Bora, and so forth. Raiatea is the administrative center of the Western islands and so has some actual businesses working and going on. There are places to stay and it is the place to see where the ancient Hawaiians left from to colonize Hawaii.

Uturoa harbor

Container ships and ferries are found throughout the harbor. The ferries sail to other Society... Read more

Uturoa, Raiatea, French Polinesya

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Uturoa is a commune (municipality) of French Polynesia, an overseas territory of France in the Pacific Ocean. The commune of Uturoa is located on the island of Raiatea, in the administrative subdivision of the Leeward Islands of which Uturoa is the administrative capital. The Leeward Islands are themselves part of the Society Islands. Uturoa is the main port of Raiatea Island.

Raiatea is unique among the Tahitian Islands. It and its little sister Tahaa and far removed from the more touristy islands like Moorea, Bora Bora, and so forth. Raiatea is the administrative center of the Western islands and so has some actual businesses working and going on. There are places to stay and it is the place to see where the ancient Hawaiians left from to colonize Hawaii.

Uturoa harbor

Container ships and ferries are found throughout the harbor. The ferries sail to other Society Islands, such as Bora Bora and Moorea. The harbor size is limited by the short coast.

Parks and recreation

Uturoa has some parks near the harbor. The closest one to the harbor is the Uturoa coastal park. The parks on the mountains close to Uturoa have views of the harbor and the city. School parks are found throughout Raiatea and usually have open grass spaces.

Geography

Uturoa is the northernmost point of Raiatea and has a view of Bora Bora, Tahaa, and Huahine. The commune is about 5 ft (1.5 m) above sea level on average. The mountains of Uturoa are not far inland and sometimes touch the coast and form coast ranges. Uturoa is situated between the small pass of Tahaa and the forest-covered mountains of Raiatea.
Beaches
The beaches of Uturoa can be black sand at some parts due to past volcanic eruptions. Parks have been created inland from the beach and Tahitian dancers dance in the spaces. The beaches stop at one point and then the coast is filled with cranes and container ships.
Nearby communes
Uturoa is part of the Raiatea commune. There are 2 other districts that make up Raiatea. The Huahine commune is about 50 km (31 mi) away from Raiatea and is home of Fare, a large commune. Tahaa is just across the pass. Vaitape and Anau of Bora Bora can be seen from Uturoa.

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Uturoa, Raiatea, French Polinesya: Port Information


Cruise ships dock at the Gare Maritime in the center of Uturoa.
You can take a ferry to get to Tahaa.

Get around Uturoa, Raiatea, French Polinesya


You can walk a few places on Raiatea but it will be hot and tiring. It would be better to rent a scooter for a day or to get a guided tour.

What to see in Uturoa, Raiatea, French Polinesya


  • Taputapuātea. The political, ceremonial and funerary center of the mā'ohi people, which together with the surrounding valleys, lagoons and coral reefs have been listed as a world heritage site.

What to do in Uturoa, Raiatea, French Polinesya


  • Take a guided tour:
  1. the River tour is worth the time.
  2. the day-long excursion to Tahaa is well worth the money.
  • Rent a scooter and explore the ruins of the temple where the Hawaiians left from.
  • Snorkel and Dive all you can
  • Relax. Life is slower here. Don't expect anyone to be in a hurry.

What to eat and drink in Uturoa, Raiatea, French Polinesya


Food here is expensive. The best and cheapest food can be found a block off the dock in the main city.

Shopping in Uturoa, Raiatea, French Polinesya


Black pearls are among the best gifts to take home from Uturoa. You can find a lot of inexpensive jewelry in the port.
Uturoa has many nice shops to visit. There you'll find clothes, accessories, local handicrafts, gifts, souvenirs, etc.  

Safety in Uturoa, Raiatea, French Polinesya


Although the crime rate is low, pickpocketing and purse snatching are possible. So use your common sense as in any other place in the world.

No vaccines are required. 

Language spoken in Uturoa, Raiatea, French Polinesya


French and Tahitian are the official languages. English is widely spoken in tourist places. 

LOCAL TIME

9:18 am
August 18, 2019
Pacific/Tahiti

CURRENT WEATHER

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