Tuamotu Atolls

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 main islands in the Tuamotu's are Tikehau, Rangiroa, Arutua, Manihi and Fakarava in the north and Anaa, Hikueru, Tatakoto, Nukutavake, Vairaatea and Hao in the middle, all will have pension accommodation but only the hotels in the northern group have full service hotels available.

 

Only 2 of the 78 atolls offer modern hotels, which are Tikehau and Rangiroa. Some 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 of them.

 

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.


An introduction to the different islands
Rangiroa

Rangiroa

Rangiroa with its 42 mile long and 16 mile wide turquoise lagoon, is the largest atoll in the Tuamotu is and has just over 2000 inhabitants. Only an hour's flight from Tahiti, Rangiroa offers sunshine, white coral beaches and an immense playground for water sports and activities.

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Tikehau

Tikehau

Tikehau is one of the most beautiful atolls in French Polynesia. The beauty and abundance of its fauna account for the popularity of scuba diving especially in the Tuheiava pass, where the manta rays' dance alternates with the parade of barracudas, tunas, coral fish, and the ubiquitous reef sharks.

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 Fakarava

Fakarava

Sadly, the only hotel on Fakarava has closed but pensions or rooms in private houses are available for guests to stay at. Contact us for further information.

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Manihi

Manihi

Sadly, the only large hotel on Manihi has closed, but there are a number of pensions and private houses for guests to stay at. Please contact us for further information.

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