Taha'a, French Polynesia
In the middle of Taha'as beautiful lagoon, Vahine is a small private island of just 23 acres offering guests a charming and relaxed hideaway, shrouded with coconut groves and with endless crystal clear lagoon views over to Bora Bora.
At a Glance
Intimate small island hotel on a beautiful lagoon off the coast of Tahaa
Only 9 Polynesian style bungalows, 6 on the beach and 3 over the water
Simple Polynesian living in a beautiful setting
Stunning sunsets can be viewed over the neighboring island of Bora Bora
Wonderfully romantic setting with "sand between your toes" living
For the most privacy, opt for a spacious beach suite, the lagoon here is protected by the reef so you won't get any boats passing in front of your own private beach!Maudie Tomlinson
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Vahine (meaning island of a woman) is nestled alone in a peaceful setting in the lagoon looking back across to Tahaa on one side and across the deep blue ocean to Bora Bora on the other. This is a private island open to just a privileged few who find it and are lured in by it's tranquil charms and understated feel.
Fringed by white sand beaches that lead to coral gardens full of underwater delights and framed by lush green coconut groves, Vahine is a wonderfully romantic island and perfect as a complete hideaway.
With only 6 beach bungalows, each with it's own little area of lagoon or beach and 3 over water bungalows, the island feels like your own little island paradise. The bungalows are built with local wood and bamboo ensuring that they blend naturally with the untouched surroundings with colorful Tahitian furnishings and fabrics. We recommend choosing a spacious beach suite with large sun decks and a sunset view.
There is one restaurant where you will enjoy all your meals, many ingredients of which are grown on the island or caught from the lagoon! Enjoy a table for two or dine with new found friends, with so few guests many like minded people become friends during their stay. Enjoy a pre dinner or after dinner cocktail at the island's bar where your barman will entice you with local exotic fruits and flavors.
There is much to do and explore on the island if you can drag yourselves away from your private deck or hammock. Activities at the resort include use of outrigger canoes and snorkeling equipment, fishing trips, 4WD safaris around the island of Taha’a and beach drop-offs and jet skis can also be arranged.
There are just 9 rooms on the island, with 3 over the water bungalows, 3 beach bungalows and 3 beach suites. All are simply furnished in traditional style, with the emphasis being on their incredible views of the lagoon. For most comfort opt for the over the water bungalows with the lagoon as your private swimming pool, or the beach suites with their fabulous lagoon front decks with sun beds and hammocks and spacious living area that completes that desert island hideaway feel.
Vahine Island is an adult orientated island, therefore we wouldn't recommend it for children.
Vahine Island is a unassuming island so facilities are kept to a minimum. A welcoming bar perfect for a pre or post dinner cocktail and a relaxing and intimate restaurant for romantic dinners spilling out on to the sand. Massage services are available each afternoon in the comfort of your own bungalow, in the coconut grove or on the beach. Life is simple here, that's all part of it's charm.
If you can tear yourself away from your bungalow then there are lots of experiences to be had beyond the sun deck. There are Polynesian pirogues to explore the lagoon by oar power, windsurfers and kayaks as well as snorkeling equipment to explore the 2 private coral gardens close by. Vahine Island's "Beach Boy" will be able to arrange anything you like, fishing, a naturalist tour of the island or even learning to tie a Pareo.
Beyond the island, you can have transfers over to visit Tahaa or Raiatea, boat tours of the lagoon or out to a motu for a picnic lunch. Take your own out and you will be shown the best places to snorkel and see wonderful sea life.
Deep sea fishing, scuba diving, jeep tours or Tahaa and catamaran cruises are also available
Location & Directions
Taha'a, French Polynesia
Located on a tiny private island amidst the lagoon surrounding Tahaa in the Society Islands of French Polynesia.
When to go
Although there is a wet and a dry season in Tahaa (and the rest of the Tahitian Islands) the weather on Tahaa is tropical and generally sunny and warm, with just enough rain to keep the lush landscapes alive and green. If you're looking for emptier beaches, try traveling to Tahaa during the wet or "off" season, which generally runs from November to April. During this time, you can expect very high humidity with brief and frequent storms. January is the rainiest of the months. During this time, tropical storms may occur, but the Tahitian Islands have not experienced a cyclone since the early 90s. If you're traveling to the islands of Tahitit to scuba, you'll probably want to go in the dry or "high" season, when visibility is the best. The dry season runs from May to October and you can expect less rain, although occasional night time downpours are not uncommon. Due to trade winds, July and August are the coolest times of the year and also tend to be the most crowded.