Life on these remote atolls is simple, quiet and
peaceful. In the small villages you can discover the true
flavour of the Tuamotu, often participating in the daily
activities of the 'Paumotu' people.
The interior lagoons are a haven for black pearl farms, fish
parks, snorkelling and scuba diving. Outrigger speed canoes or
motor boats are used to reach the secteur, distant 'motu'
islets across the lagoon, where the day is spent chopping
copra and searching for colourful seashells. Only 4 of the 78
atolls offer modern hotels including Manihi and Rangiroa with
the Kia Ora Hotel and the Kia Ora Sauvage. All the
other atolls have small hotels or pensions, houses or rooms in
the family homes, where guests can find simple accommodation.
Water and electricity may be limited to certain hours in some
The main islands in the Tuamotu,s are Manihi, Tikehau, Rangiroa,
Arutua and Fakarava in the north and Anaa, Hikueru, Tatakoto,
Nukutavake, Vairaatea and Hao in the middle, all will have
pension accommodation but only the hotel in the northern group have
full service hotels available .