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About the other Tuamotu atolls

Close your eyes and imagine: glittering white sand, emerald and turquoise waters, long deserted beaches, tropical vegetation and the sweet touch of the trade winds on your skin…

A picture like post card that one can live daily in the Tuamotu atolls. The locals of these remote islands, islands lying between sky and ocean welcome today’s traveler ensuring they find a peaceful destination, far from it all but where they will safely discover an authentic and simple style of living...

What’s available?

Diving, snorkeling, swimming, fishing, boat tours, cultural discoveries, history and local fine food, local encounters and experiences, relaxation and contemplation.

 

 

Takapoto, the rare pearl atoll

Do not miss:

Visiting a pearl farm

Useful information:

  • 560 km from Tahiti
  • 3 weekly flights
  • Area : 87 km² (lagoon)
  • No pass

‘Anaa’, the great warriors’ atoll, ‘the hīvā’

Do not miss:

Why not try javelin throwing or pātia fā, a specialty from ‘Anaa. As a warriors’ training sport in olden days, the hīvā pa'umotu had to hit one of their dead enemy’s head killed during a battle! Nowadays, they only train on a dried coconut shell located on a 6 meters high mast from a pre-determined distance...

Useful information:

  • 377 km from Tahiti
  • 2 weekly flights
  • Area : 90 km² (lagoon)
  • No pass

Mataiva, a tropical aquarium

Do not miss:

A lagoon excursion discovering this unique phenomenon in French Polynesia (several dozen coral pools).

Infos pratiques

  • 350 km from Tahiti
  • 2 weekly flights
  • Area : 25 km² (lagoon)
  • One pass (Papanui-Otea)

Hao, the harp island

Do not miss:

The old village of Vainono, the cradle of legends

Infos pratiques

  • 920 km from Tahiti
  • 3 weekly flights
  • Area : 720 km² (lagoon)
  • One pass(Kaki)

Mākemo, diving in the passes

Do not miss:

The ghost village of Punaruku

Useful information:

  • 500 km from Tahiti
  • 4 weekly flights
  • Area : 700 km² (lagoon)
  • Two passes (Tapuhiria et Pouheva)

Ahe, following the navigators’ route

Did you know?

In the 1970s, the French navigator Bernard Moitessier spent some time in Ahe. Thanks to the Trade Winds blowing from September to November, the atoll has become a mythical stop for sailing boats from all over the world arriving from the Marquesas.

Do not miss:

The Puka Forest (Pisonia grandis), also called the cabbage trees: very leafy and majestic trees, now difficult to find in the Tuamotu, and at the tip of the tree an area where seabirds nest. In the past, it was the main source of protein for the local population aside from fish.

Useful information:

  • 500 km from Tahiti
  • 4 weekly flights
  • Area : 140 km² (lagoon)
  • One pass (Tīareroa)

Reao, the coprah atoll

Do not miss:

The two-headed coconut tree, a natural and unusual phenomenon!

Useful information:

  • 1 389 km from Tahiti
  • 1 weekly flight
  • No pass

Kauehi, the picture perfect paradise

Do not miss:

The old village of Tuketuke and its building made of coral blocks and sealed with limestone.

Useful information:

  • 500 km from Tahiti
  • 2 weekly flights
  • Area : 320 km² (lagoon)
  • One pass: Arikitāmiro

Aratika, a birds’ haven

Do not miss:

Bird Island (red-footed boobies, frigate birds, brown noddis...)

Useful information:

  • 485 km from Tahiti
  • 2 weekly flights
  • Area : 145 km² (lagoon)
  • Two passes (Temaketa et Fainukea)

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