Serene Poise You must also spend time on the island itself, on land, and fall for the rhythm, the delicate ﬂavors and fragrances ﬂoating around the trade winds. Taha'a has a remarkable serenity, and though you can get around it very fast, because of its small size, if you abandon yourself and take the time, you will be able to explore its many aspects. Often it will be the details, instead of looking for a "show" staged or orchestrated, that will reveal the presence and history of a particular island, not quite like its sister Leeward Islands. It is well known, one of the strong elements used to promote Taha'a are its vanilla plantations. The island is the largest exporter in
Polynesia of Tahitian Vanilla, and has been for many, many decades. All proposed excursions take the visitor inside a plantation, explain and detail the manual "marriage" that allows the orchid to give rise to the coveted pod. What is less known, yet also very characteristic, is the predominance of Taha'a for everything related to copra. Among the six disciplines of traditional Polynesian sports, two teams from Taha'a distinguish themselves each year at the Heiva i Tahiti festival: copra cutting and coconut tree climbing competitions. The ﬁrst is a test of skills where each team, in a short time, has to open full coconuts to recover the pulp and thus collect as much as possible of it. The operation seems extremely simple when done by families and experts in the ﬁeld ... The visitor who tries it will immediately understand the feat it represents!
Taha'a families have the required training, since the island is, there again, one of the leading exporters of copra in Polynesia. Therefore visit coconut plantations, either along the lagoon or in the back of the valleys, which also serve as parks for herds of cows. And you also have to discover the copra dryers, totally handmade structures of sheet metal and wood, where coconuts face the Polynesian sun before being converted into coconut oil, then into Monoi de Tahiti. It is no coincidence that in 2006, Taha'a was chosen to organize the Forum of Agriculture of the Leeward Islands, the Farereira'a no te no ta'ata Faapu no Raromatai, or that among its highlights, a rich and vibrant agricultural fair takes place each year. And while you discover the diversity of its land productions (Vanilla, Coconut, Noni, Tiare, Pineapple etc.), the elements that make its culture are revealed one by one.
© Fred JACq
© Fred JACq
L'ANSE PAHURE / pAhure Cove
PÂTURAGE ET COCOTERAIE DANS LA BAIE DE APU / meAdow ANd CoCoNuT grove iN Apu BAy CASCADE PUEHERU / pueheru wATerFAll RÉGIME DE BANANE / A BuNCh oF BANANAs