Bora Bora’s sister island Raiatea—a short hop to the southeast—is home to the ancient (yet remarkably well-preserved) UNESCO World Heritage Site of Taputapuatea Marae, believed to be the birthplace of the gods. It’s from this sacred place that the Polynesians set off to explore and colonize the distant shores of New Zealand and Hawaii. From Bora Bora, it’s possible to hop an early morning, 15-minute flight to Raiatea—but do consult with the Conrad concierge, as the flight schedules often change. You’ll get the lay of the land with a ride up to the plateau and into the ancient crater of Mount Temehani. Head to the Faaroa River for the rare chance to kayak the only navigable river in French Polynesia. Or sail around the lagoon protecting Raiatea and the adjacent island of Tahaa, one of the most beautiful in the atoll. Return home on the afternoon flight (again, confirm timings with our concierge), just in time for sunset cocktails at the hotel.
Flights from Bora Bora to Raiatea on Air Tahiti can be booked the Conrad concierge; note that the day-trip option is only available on certain days of the week. Guided tours on Raiatea can also be arranged by the concierge.