The next French Polynesian island was Tahaa (pronounced tah-ha-ah). It is right beside Raiatea, within the same circular coral reef. The blue lagoons are so large that it is possible to sail rather than motor to most places on the island. Actually, we found the outer lagoon by the reef to be the best anchorages, as the snorkeling was fabulous. Each night we anchored in about 15 feet over white sand bottom, so the anchor and chain were clearly visible at all times. We also visited the quiet little village of Patio at the north end of the island. We had lunch in a nice little restaurant, and afterwards Maryse, the owner, asked us if we would like to come to her house and get some bananas. We did that, as well as a visit to a black pearl farm, and met some of her granddaughters. We also had dinner with our Texas friends Jon and Madeline at the fancy resort they were staying at. All in all, we found Tahaa very friendly and easy to navigate.