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
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.