Just when we thought the Islands of Tahiti couldn’t possibly get anymore special than they already are, that’s exactly what happens. After a long-held campaign, the Taputapuatea marae, a sacred site on the island of Raiatea, was officially deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site on Sunday, July 23. The Taputapuatea marae, a source of power and spiritual strength in nature, marks the first cultural site to be recognized as a World Heritage Site within French Polynesia.

As World Heritage Sites are places of significant cultural symbolism, the Taputapuatea marae is an ancient, natural landscape, a spiritual place where traditional ceremonies were once performed. The classification of the Taputapuatea marae as a UNESCO World Heritage site provides the Polynesian people with new, unifying opportunity to share their traditions, and ancient heritage to the wider world.

This designation by UNESCO brings with it a great sense of pride for the Polynesian people, since it’s not only an opportunity to share the importance of the islands with the travel community, but it’s also a reminder that even the smallest sites of culture display an entire story of a population of people. It will serve as an attraction to visitors all over the world, and will give people a rich, travel experience of history and culture and natural beauty.

McLennan Island, Tahiti

Photo: McLennan Island © Tahiti Tourisme

Adventure in Raiatea

With a reputation of having exciting outdoor activities, Raiatea makes a great selling point for travel lovers who are looking for the thrill of adventure. Through hiking the island’s tropical interior at Mount Tapioi and Mount Temehani to sailing the open sea to Bora Bora and to neighboring lagoons, Tahiti will give you the ultimate adventure travel experience within its stunning, natural stretches of landscape.

You’ll love its rugged coastlines, mountainous terrains, picturesque beaches, and extraordinary hiking trails like nowhere else in the world! There are so many things to do and to explore in Raiatea’s diverse region of culture and nature that you’ll never want to leave. Travel to Tahiti to celebrate its title as a new World Heritage Site and to explore what the islands have to offer. It will be a once-in-a-lifetime travel experience to one of the most beautiful places worldwide!

Sharing Tahiti with the World

Through a wealth of Polynesian culture, a diversity of outdoor travel activities that emphasize a leave-no-trace mentality, and past stories of how the islands came to be and what place they had in the development of a society, people will now be able to experience Taputapuatea marae as a treasured World Heritage Site known on a worldwide travel scale. It provides the Polynesian people with a chance to share their traditions, histories, failures, accomplishments, and growth with the world beyond their sacred islands through travel.

Raiatea, Tahiti

Photo: Raiatea © Tahiti Tourisme

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