The Tuamotu Archipelago consists of 76 atolls stretched out over 2 million square kilometers. The total population is about 8000 people, but around 1500 of those are on one island, Rangiroa. The rainfall averages 120-250 cm/year and the temperature usually ranges 23-28C.

The Tuamotus appear as if almost one hundred pearl necklaces were gracefully tossed upon the ocean. Each atoll is a delicate band of palmclad coral beaches and motus surrounding a lagoon filled with clear water. These oceanic wonders, only a few feet in elevation, are dotted with simple villages, where the simple Polynesian life welcomes romantics and divers alike.

       
Rangiroa
1     Hotel Kia Ora Sauvage
2     Hotel Kia Ora
6    Novotel Rangiroa Beach Resort   New!!!
Manihi
3     Pearl Beach Resort
 
Tikehau
4     Pearl Beach Resort
 
Fakarava
5     Le Maitai Dream
       
 

Rangiroa

 

Rangiroa is the world's second largest atoll. Its beautiful lagoon measures 49 miles long and 15 miles wide. The protected waters of its lagoon are a beautiful emerald green and blue. Rangiroa means "extended sky," and from its shores you truly have a magnificent view of the sky from horizon to horizon. 

Only an hour's flight from Tahiti, Rangiroa offers sunshine, white coral beaches and an immense playground for water sports and activities. Rangiroa lagoon and the pass are also world famous for unsurpassed scuba diving which is available with professional diving centers 

       


Once the only hotel/resort is the Kia Ora Village located near the village, between the lagoon passes. It is a beautiful  low-key  hotel with all the amenities and service expected from a deluxe property. A new Novotel was recently added to this atoll.

Across the lagoon, on a remote islet you will discover the delightful Kia Ora Sauvage with only 5 beach bungalows hidden under the trees and coconut palms. This is the ultimate South Seas fantasy!

       

Hotel Kia Ora Sauvage

An extension of the Kia Ora Village, the Kia Ora Sauvage is set on a private islet in the southern reaches of the Rangiroa atoll, less than an hour away by boat and a million years from civilization. It has 5 beautifully decorated beach bungalows bordering white sand beaches, offering total privacy in the shade of the tropical vegetation.

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Hotel Kia Ora

A cluster of 10 over water bungalows stand amid the jade and blue water of the lagoon with a wooden pontoon running between them. The luxury and comfort of these bungalows ensure a relaxing  vacation. From the private deck, you can step down into the lagoon and swim by day or night, admiring the colorful tropical fish around you. Each bungalow, Polynesian designed, offers a lounge, separate bedroom, bathroom with shower and a private sun deck and terrace. 

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Novotel Rangiroa Beach Resort

The hotel offers 38 rooms and traditional bungalows and is located on a lagoon. Discover Tuamotu and an exceptional sea bed. The hotel features a restaurant, a bar and local entertainment. 

 

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Manihi

 

This atoll is home to French Polynesia's famed black pearls, which are taken from undersea pearl farms sheltered within Manihi's 19-mile long lagoon.

Located in the North Tuamotu archipelago, is a 1 hour 40 minutes flight from Tahiti (312 miles).. Air Tahiti flies, seven days a week, 10 flights per week, to Manihi.

Manihi offers world-class diving and snorkeling, as well as excellent line and spear fishing. Visitors can see how the rare black pearl is created and harvested from the oyster.

       

 

Its clear lagoon which is 3 miles wide by 19 miles long has a deep navigable pass through the reef, and shelters numerous black pearl farms. The population of 400 live in village of Turipaoa next to this pass. 


The upscale
Manihi Pearl Beach Resort offers an enchanting location in the natural, undiscovered beauty of the Tuamotu archipelago. Built in a  traditional Polynesian architectural style using a mixture of the most noble materials: local precious wood, bamboo, shells, pandanus and palm tree fronds.


       

Manihi Pearl Beach Resort

41  deluxe bungalows, some over water, are located on the edge of the coral reef. Amenities include: fans, mini-bars, DD phones, TV with in-house video, hair dryers, in room safes, tea & coffee making facilities. Facilities include two boutiques, a dive center and a wide range of excursions. Activities include snorkeling, visits to black pearl farms, canoe trips, lagoon and deep sea fishing,

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Tikehau

 

Created by coral rising up above the sea level, and then gradually eroding away, Tikehau is an oval shaped atoll that consists of a series of hundreds flat motus (islands)-, surrounding a pristine, magnificent lagoon packed with thriving marine life.

Polynesian hospitality welcomes you at the charming village of Tuherahera (population 350), situated on the south end of the largest motu. 

Because of the developed airport, Tikehau is easily accessible to travelers and vacationers. The atoll is only a one hour flight from Tahiti and 20 minutes from Rangiroa.

       

The real attraction of Tikehau are the beaches and the incredible snorkeling and SCUBA DIVING opportunities. . From your hotel you can easily take a canoe and paddle to a nearby, deserted motu island to spend the day in complete seclusion, lie on a beautiful beach, enjoy a picnic and feel like you are Robinson Crusoe or "king" of your own private island.

Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort  welcomes guests to their 4 hectare enticing tropical paradise, located on a secluded white sandy beach fringed with palms, and offers 14 beach Bungalows and 16 over water bungalows. 

       

Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort

All bungalows, designed in true Polynesian style, are equipped with a fan, mini bar, coffee / tea making facilities, DD phone, safe, television and private verandah. The bar and restaurant located poolside provide an idyllic setting to observe the shimmering stars above. Activities offered:  snorkeling, canoes and kayaks, sunset cruises, picnics, visit of the village by bicycle, scuba diving Center with Tikehau Blue Nui to name a few.

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Fakarava

 

An hour and a half flight from Papeete ( 3 times a week ), rectangular-shaped Fakarava is the second largest atoll in the Tuamotu, 37 miles long by 15 miles wide.   

It contains two principal villages: Rotoava  (pop.250+) (airfield) in the north east, near the pass of Garuae which, at one kilometer wide, is the largest in French Polynesia,  and Tetamanu , former chief town of the island, situated beside the southern pass of Tumakohua.

This atoll, old capital of the Tuamotu, has retained a number of vestiges of its important past. 


       

Fakarava's immense lagoon has several black pearl farms, idyllic white sand beaches and is  punctuated by innumerable motu, the majority of which remain unexplored.

Amongst the discoveries you may make: visit to a pearl farm, visit to the ancient village of Tetamanu where there is one of the first Catholic churches constructed from coral, dating from 1874, and, at 60 km by sea from the village of Rotoava, Hirifa, an extraordinary place where a magic light sets off reflections of hundreds of palm trees in the mirror of its emerald lagoon and whose immense virgin beach stretching several kilometers can leave no visitor unmoved.

The main attraction is scuba diving with almost virgin sites, spotting concentrations of loaches, groupers, barracuda, rays and the  hammerhead and tiger sharks, are concentrated. The southern pass of Tumakohua has also sharks and a large coral colony in the form of a rose, the famous "coral roses". 

       

 Le Maitai Dream

This charming all inclusive beach resort offers just 30 luxury bungalows with lagoon views against a luxuriant plantation of Tiare flowers and fruit trees. The bungalows feature a private terrace, ceiling fan, and all the modern conveniences including telephone and television. The hotel's lagoon front bar and restaurant provide spectacular sunset views. Room rates include full board plus boat and ground transfers from the Fakarava airport.

 

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