Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Impressive Raiatea is the ancient religious center of the Society Islands. Voyages to other islands probably originated here.Raiatea has the only navigable river of the group. One of our fellow passengers remarked, "I feel exactly like I did in Vietnam."Without beaches, Raiatea has few tourists but a humungous pier for large cruise ships whose passengers are then tendered to the neighboring island of Tahaa with whom Raiatea shares the lagoon. Fiu, take it easy, just a small catamaran. Let's wait for a big cruise ship with shopping crazy Americans.Today, Raiatea is the administrative center of the northern group of the Society Islands. Its shores near the capital boast pretty homes.