Vallee de la Vanille
Vallee de la Vanille
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trav2learn
Cleveland, OH35 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
The plantation was part of a tour from Raiatea to Tahaa islands.
I was charged 7000 local currency instead of 700 for 2 small packets of vanilla pods. US cash price was $3.50 US each or $7.00 US for two. Not having change, I used a credit card. The amount on my credit card statement was over $64 US. Since I signed - not knowing I was being charged 10 times the price - the bank would not correct the charge. Do not use a credit card there! In addition, the boat ride from Raiatea was unsafe. The operator took us through a storm on a small open boat and without life jackets. Rain was going sideways and the ride was bumpy to the point of unsafe for anyone with neck or back issues.
For some reason, my original posting was removed. A double warning not to go there.
Written April 16, 2020
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Explore529217
6 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We were disappointed by our visit to Vallee de la Vanille. The young woman who gave our talk seemed bored by her own explanation. She spoke too quickly and gave minimal attention or interaction to our group and our questions. The "tour" of the plantation was a (maximum) 30m walk into a few rows of plants, again with very little guidance. In all it felt like they were rushing us through the information session in order to get us to the shop, where 50g vanilla sells for USD35.
Written January 13, 2020
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Jacqueline J
41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
We learned a lot about how vanilla is grown in Tahaa. The gal who showed us around and explained to us how vanilla is grown, harvested and made into extract spoke good English and was very friendly and helpful. We were glad that we were able to purchase some vanilla to take home to make into extract. Our guide went out of her way to ensure this would happen. Make sure you bring cash or Visa, since they don't take American Express.
Written August 16, 2020
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uwishuknew2
Meridian, ID70 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021 • Couples
Must stop and see Alfredo and family. Great operation on Tahaa. Best vanilla. We come back every year and stock up. They also teach guests how they produce their products.
Written January 22, 2021
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Jim M
Tokyo, Japan42 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Family
The name makes you think this is a big plantation or even a group of plantations which could be explored in several hours. Actually it is simply 1 small plantation which you can see within a few minutes.
The presentation by the owner is interesting but short (10 - 15 min'). The goal being of course to sell the touristic products related to vanilla at the same price as everywhere else in Polynesia. Worth going there if you know nothing about vanilla and have 30 min' to spare but not worth getting there from another island.
Written August 4, 2019
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Malika Z
Limoges, France141 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2017 • Solo
During my stay in the Pension Au Phil Du Temps, Frank the host took me & 2 other guests for a tour of the island, and The Vallée de la Vanille was one of the hi-light!
So interesting to understand how it is cultivated and to see all the products they use it for. You can buy vanilla flavoured rum, vanilla coconut oil, vanilla extract, vanilla balsamic vinegar, as well as paréo and beauty products.
We were served with some fresh local coconut, banane, uru chips ans fruit juice which was a nice surprise!
Do not miss it if you visit Taha'a!🌺
Written February 20, 2017
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Jo-An D
98 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Couples
Our host was very knowledgeable, providing us with a full rundown of the growth conditions, harvesting, and drying, as well as information on how French Polynesian vanilla production and quality compares to international markets. We were provided information as to how to use the bean pods themselves for cooking and baking, as well as how to make vanilla rum. The prices here were slightly less than I found comparably around the islands.
Written November 26, 2017
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krl388
Tehachapi, CA55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Friends
We visited Vallee de la Vanille while sailing around Tahaa in August 2016. We arranged the free tour through Leo at Le Hibiscus Hotel, but you can also just stop by - it's just down a side road, at a well-marked signpost. A staff member from Vallee de la Vanille came and picked us up from the hotel, and drove us to their little farm/plantation, where they grow not just vanilla, but a host of other tropical plants, as well. The plantation/farm is set up in a small valley, and includes some processing and drying sheds, as well as a little open-air boutique, where they sell many of their products. This is not one of the larger vanilla scale operations, where the plants are grown indoors, under mesh covers; this is all done the old fashioned way, out in the open, hanging off other host plants, exposed to all the elements! Brian the owner gave us a really informative and fun walking tour and summary of the vanilla production process, from planting through hand pollination through harvesting, drying, and packaging. Perhaps the best part of the tour was seeing and smelling all the vanilla beans sitting in the drying containers. The entire tour/talk took about 25 minutes; afterwards, he invited us to the little open air boutique, where he had complimentary drinks and snacks for us, as well as lots of products for sale. When done, they drove us back to Hibiscus Hotel. Including travel, the entire tour took just over an hour...this is a really fun and informative way to spend an hour on Tahaa. The tour is done partially out in the open, and partially under roofed buildings, so it would likely be possible to do on a rainy day; the walking part of the tour is very easy - maybe 100 yards walking on level ground total. Prices here were competitive with other Tahaa vanilla vendors - I paid 2300 cfp for 50grams (about 8 pods)
Written September 5, 2016
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NA294
Paris, France116 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Couples
We came here during our island tour of Taha’a. It was great! Brian was very welcoming and had fresh fruit and juice for us. He took us on a walk through the forest where the vanilla plants are. He explained the whole process and the complexity of growing vanilla to us. Next he showed us how they prepare the beans. It’s crazy but vanilla beans don’t smell like vanilla until after 2 years of drying in the sun for a certain amount of time each day and after daily massaging of each bean one by one! The beans he grows are also grown without pesticides which creates additional work. We bought some vanilla extract and beans to take home as gifts. Prices were very fair and the quality was great. Everything I have made with the vanilla has been delicious. Overall it was an enjoyable activity.
Written August 24, 2014
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H S G
Macon, GA409 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Couples
This cottage or family industry results in the yield of the delicious vanilla bean crop from French Polynesia. Being one of the three areas worldwide able to grow the vanilla orchid, this is one of Polynesia’s major industries beside tourism. As there are no insects to assist pollination, the family members act and pollinate the orchid plants by hand to produce each bean. After harvesting, each bean is dried in the tropical sunlight on large drying racks and sold for approximately $5 USD / bean. The two other areas for vanilla cultivation are Madegascar and Mexico.

The visit was about 1/2 hour but educational.

Evaluation: 4/5 and a definite “GO” although no presentation was made and no staff members were seen.
Written November 16, 2019
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