Planning your Holiday to the Society Islands
The Society Islands is the most populated and well known of French Polynesia's archipelago's and extend westwards from the main island of Tahiti. Apart from the three main holiday destinations of Tahiti, Moorea and Bora Bora , the Society Islands also include Huahine, the twin islands of Raiatea & Tahaa and the most westerly island, Maupiti Lagoon similar in appearance to Bora Bora but far less commercial.
Of these lesser visited Society Islands, Huahine is the largest and has a significant population of indigenous Polynesians living along the coast in small villages. Huahine lies to the west of Moorea Island and has several important historical sites as major tourist attractions. However, accommodation is limited.
Raiatea & Tahaa Island
Between Huahine and Bora Bora is the twin island of Raiatea and Tahaa which only has a handful of tourist accommodations. Much of the coastline is rugged, but surrounding Tahaa Lagoon are a string of gorgeous coral islands, one of which boasts French Polynesia's most upmarket resort, Tahaa Private Island.
The picturesque lagoon island of Maupiti in the western end of the Society Islands is a mini version of Bora Bora. At 11 sq. km it is about a third of the size of Bora, its highest peak of 380-metres is about half as high as Bora and its population of 1,271 is less than a quarter that of Bora. More importantly for tourism though, is that there are just a handful of guesthouses on the islands, no resorts and no organised tours. For some, this is paradise and there are a couple of lovely guesthouses where tourists can escape mass tourism.
Society Islands Travel Info
Several daily flights between Tahiti and Huahine (20-minutes), Raiatea (35-minutes) and Maupiti (50-minutes, with connections also from Moorea and Bora Bora make the islands very accessible and easily to combine for multi-island trips. During holiday-times inter island travel amongst local Tahitians is very common place and results in planes being booked out well in advance so prepare early, especially during the Christmas holiday period.