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How to get to Raiatea

Raiatea, or Ra'iātea, is the second largest of the Society Islands, after Tahiti, in French Polynesia. It is part of the Leeward Islands group, situated around 35km (22mi) west of Huahine and 234km (145mi) northwest of Tahiti.

The islands of Ra'iātea and Taha'a are enclosed by a single coral reef.

From most international destinations, the most convenient route to Raiatea is by air to Tahiti International Airport (PPT), Papeete followed by a connecting flight to Raiatea Airport (RFP), also known as Uturoa Airport, located around 3km (1.8mi) west of the main settlement of Uturoa.

Raiatea is widely considered the cradle of Polynesian civilization, where the organised migrations to Hawaii, Aoteroa (New Zealand) and other areas of East Polynesia first began.

Raiatea ranks with Easter Island and Huahine, as the three most important Polynesian archaeological sites in the Pacific Ocean.

French Polynesia – a vast expanse of 118 islands scattered over 2.5 million sq km of the South Pacific – is located around 4000km (2485mi) northwest of Auckland, New Zealand, and 6120km (3802mi) northwest of Sydney, Australia.

Tahiti is an overseas collectivity (and sole overseas country) of the French Republic.


Flight times to Raiatea

Within French Polynesia: Air Tahiti operates daily interisland flights to Raiatea Airport (RFP).

Tahiti to Raiatea is 45 min, direct flight
Moorea to Raiatea is 45 min, direct flight
Bora Bora to Raiatea is 20 min, direct flight
Huahine to Raiatea is 20 min, direct flight


Flight times to Papeete, Tahiti

The following are the most convenient and quickest routes to Tahiti International Airport (PPT), also known as Fa'aa International Airport, French Polynesia.

From New Zealand: Air New Zealand and Air Tahiti Nui operate regular flights to Papeete.

Auckland to Papeete is 4 hrs 50 min, direct flight


From Japan: Air Tahiti Nui operate regular flights to Papeete.

Tokyo to Papeete is 11 hrs 5 min, direct flight


From United States: Hawaiian Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Air Tahiti Nui, American Airlines, United Airlines and Air France operate the most convenient daily flights to Papeete.

Honolulu to Papeete is 5 hrs 55 min, direct flight
Los Angeles to Papeete is 8 hrs 5 min, direct flight
San Francisco to Papeete is 8 hrs 20 min, direct flight

Atlanta to Papeete is 14 hrs 15 min, connecting flightˆ
Boston to Papeete is 15 hrs 30 min, connecting flightˆ
Chicago to Papeete is 13 hrs 20 min, connecting flightˆ
Dallas-Fort Worth to Papeete is 12 hrs 20 min, connecting flightˆ
New York to Papeete is 15 hrs 45 min, connecting flightˆ


From Canada: Air Canada, United Airlines, WestJet, Air France and Air Tahiti Nui offer the most convenient flights to Papeete.

Toronto to Papeete is 15 hrs 19 min, connecting flightˆ
Montreal to Papeete is 15 hrs 50 min, connecting flightˆ
Vancouver to Papeete is 12 hrs 15 min, connecting flightˆ


From Australia: Air Tahiti Nui, Virgin Australia, Qantas and Air New Zealand offer the most convenient flights to Papeete.

Adelaide to Papeete is 12 hrs, connecting flightˆ
Brisbane to Papeete is 9 hrs 35 min, connecting flightˆ
Melbourne to Papeete is 9 hrs 35 min, connecting flightˆ
Sydney to Papeete is 9 hrs 5 min, connecting flightˆ
Perth to Papeete is 14 hrs, 45 min, connecting flightˆ


From China: Japan Airlines, Air Tahiti Nui and Air New Zealand offer the most convenient flights to Papeete.

Beijing to Papeete is 17 hrs, connecting flightˆ
Shanghai to Papeete is 15 hrs 55 min, connecting flightˆ
Hong Kong to Papeete is 17 hrs 5 min, connecting flightˆ


From Singapore: Air New Zealand, Air Tahiti Nui and Singapore Airlines operate regular flights to Papeete.

Singapore to Papeete is 15 hrs 25 min, connecting flightˆ


From United Kingdom: Virgin Atlantic, British Airways, Air Tahiti Nui and American Airlines offer the most convenient flights to Papeete.

London to Papeete is 21 hrs 20 min, connecting flightˆ


From France: Air France, United Airlines and Air Tahiti Nui offer the most convenient flights from Paris connecting via Papeete.

Paris to Papeete is 21 hrs 35 min, connecting flightˆ


From Germany: Lufthansa and Air Tahiti Nui offer the most convenient flights to Papeete.

Berlin to Papeete is 23 hrs 45 min, connecting flightˆ
Dusseldorf to Papeete is 23 hrs 50 min, connecting flightˆ
Frankfurt to Papeete is 23 hrs 15 min, connecting flightˆ
Hamburg to Papeete is 24 hrs, connecting flightˆ
Munich to Papeete is 21 hrs 40 min, connecting flightˆ

(ˆincludes transfer time.)


Flying in

Tahiti International Airport is located 5km (3mi) southwest of Papeete.

Raiatea Airport (RFP), also known as Uturoa Airport, is located around 3km (1.8mi) west of the main settlement of Uturoa.

Hotels can arrange transport by prior arrangement. Taxis are available at the airport.


Getting around

On Land - Taxis, hire cars and bicycles are available to explore the countryside. The public transit system, Le Truck, offers routes around the island. Traffic drives on the right.

Motorboats and sailboats can be rented with or without a guide.

Between islands – by air: Air Tahiti offer daily flights from Tahiti to the neighbouring islands of Bora Bora, Huahine, Maupiti, Moorea and Raiatea as well as the remote archipelagos, including: Tuamotu East and North with Manihi, Rangiroa, Takapoto and Tikehau; Austral Islands of Rurutu and Tubuai; Marquesas Islands of Hiva Oa and Nuku Hiva.

By Ferry: Fast inter-island catamarans and regular ferries exist between Bora Bora, Huahine, Moorea, Papeete and Raiatea.


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Latest update: How to get to Raiatea: 21 October, 2019


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