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Taputapuatea Marae

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Address: Opoa 98735, French Polynesia

The largest and most important religious site in Polynesia features the...

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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The most important marae in French Polynesia

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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.

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Greater Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 and is where many of the Polynesians departed to explore other island in the region.... More 

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New Bern, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Savannah, GA
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 wish it hadn't been so hot, and me so sunburned; I would have enjoyed this... More 

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Carson City, Nevada
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 in French, Tahitian and English. We first saw it in 1972, just four years after... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles 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 give some background info. The site is located right next to a road so it... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles 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 were there as well which was nice for people watching.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Menlo Park, California
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 up a mooring ball in the harbor, and dinghied in to the docks right beside... More 

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Paris, France
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 very well cleaned with trees trimmed and explanation panels about the mara'e in Tahitian, French... More 

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