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Taputapuatea Marae

Opoa, Opoa 98735, French Polynesia
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The most important marae in French Polynesia

This large marae (sacred place) is the most important one in French Polynesia and well worth a... read more

Reviewed 25 March 2017
zecmanriodulce
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French Polynesia
A must see Polynesian history

A big site and easy to find and access. A visit to Taputapuatea Marae is an interesting site to... read more

Reviewed 24 February 2017
Tatyana T
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Greater Adelaide, Australia
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The largest and most important religious site in Polynesia features the ancient temple area located on the edge of a huge lagoon.
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  • Very good42%
  • Average9%
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Opoa, Opoa 98735, French Polynesia
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Reviewed 25 March 2017

This large marae (sacred place) is the most important one in French Polynesia and well worth a visit. Despite its location (somewhat far from the town of Uturoa), the drive down the coast to get there is a pleasant experience in itself.

3  Thank zecmanriodulce
Reviewed 24 February 2017

A big site and easy to find and access. A visit to Taputapuatea Marae is an interesting site to visit, it is worth a look however it is not as well maintained as the Marae on Tahiti. It is a very significant Polynesian cultural site...More

Thank Tatyana T
Reviewed 23 January 2017

It's beyond me why people deface sacred sites. Although this site was quite incredible, certain stones were defaced. Still, it was worth seeing and learning about a quite fascinating people.

Thank Guhor1966
Reviewed 21 January 2017

It's a big site, easy to find, and very significant to Polynesian culture. Parking easily available. Was delighted to find ots of good signage scattered around the extensive grounds explaining the culture -- each section in several languages, and complete with appropriate line drawings. I...More

Thank marshmomma
Reviewed 22 December 2016

Most of my visits to Taputapuatea were from the seaside when we would anchor there. This was my first stop while driving around the island, and since the last time I was there they have constructed a visitor center as well as many informational signs...More

1  Thank J R W
Reviewed 29 October 2016

The site is interesting if you like history. As some other reviewers have said, you might want to do a little research before you go so you have a better understanding of what you are looking at, however there are signs posted all around that...More

Thank Brad X
Reviewed 20 October 2016

The marae was worth a visit. It is nicely located directly next to the sea side. After our stroll through the temple grounds, we stopped at the nearby beach for some snorkelling. We enjoyed it. We were there on a Sunday, so lots of locals...More

1  Thank dreiumdiewelt
Reviewed 2 October 2016

An interesting site with a slab of information at the first sign. Definitely worth a look and the beach next door makes a great spot for a picnic on your way around the island.

Thank Cat R
Reviewed 5 September 2016

Me and my crew sailed here on a bareboat catamaran to visit the marae, and then to sail out the adjacent "sacred" Te Ava Moa pass, which is where most of the ancient Polynesians started their seagoing voyages of exploration and civilization from. We picked...More

1  Thank krl388
Reviewed 2 September 2016 via mobile

The title says it all and the site is set to be classified as a world cultural heritage by the Unesco next year. So if you happen to be in Raiatea or close by, don't miss the chance to visit this site which has been...More

1  Thank Sophie C
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you can take a taxi just in front of the marina, easier than renting a car. The famous company there is "Warren taxi", they are very kind (call them, they will pick you up anywhere 689 87723052) and not so expensive
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Larisa R
2 March 2015|
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The only thing it's to Rent a car, and you can turn around Raiata in one day But you have to find a car rental!
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