Raivavae, Austral Islands

Raivavae is one of the Austral Islands, the southernmost group of islands in French Polynesia, an overseas collectivity of France in the South Pacific. Geographically, the Austral Islands consist of two separate archipelagos; the Tubuai islands and the Bass islands.

Raivavae is the 3rd most southern island in the entire south pacific. It is a mountainous island surrounded by a coral reef. There are five villages; Anatonu, Rairua, Mahanatoa, Vaiuru and Matotea. There are a few small ancient temples and stone statues left from the early Polynesian inhabitants

Things to See & Do

* Island exploration
* Village visits
* Stone statues
* Snorkeling
* Scuba Diving

General information

Cruise Season – Jan - Dec
Currency - CFP franc (XPF)
Language – French, Tahitian
Land Area – 16 km²
Population – 1050 approx
Electricity – 2 round pins European style, two parallel flat pins Japanese style
Time - GMT minus 10
International Country Telephone Code – + 689

Port Location – There is a wharf located at the village of Rairua.

Transport Links – In 2002 the airport was built with 3 flights per week coming in from Papeete. A supply boat travels to the island about every 2 weeks.

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