The local village Patio, on the nearby island of Tahaa, is a 5 minute boat ride, a bit longer by kayak. Here you find shopping for necessities, government offices, a French doctors office, and local grammar school. Traditional Tahitian festivities and events include music and dancing, crafts, food, and canoe races.
The Raiatea airport is a 25 minute lagoon boat ride, with daily flights to Tahiti, Bora Bora, and other islands. The nearby city of Uturoa, is the cultural center and country’s second largest city. Here you find most everything you desire, including various shops, restaurants, supplies, and community hospital. Markets offer products and food from France and around the world.