The Gambier Islands are nearly 1,000 miles southeast of Tahiti. According to Polynesian mythology, Mangareva, the principal island, was raised from the bottom of the ocean by the demi-god Maui. The heart of the catholic religion in French Polynesia, the Gambier Islands have a unique religious heritage. The inhabitants have conserved a traditional lifestyle and earn their living mostly from the cultivation of pearls and fishing.
Why choose the Gambier Islands?
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What to do in the Gambier Islands
The Gambier Islands are completely different from the rest of French Polynesia, particularly becuase of the incredible number of religious monuments, which bear witness to the arrival of catholicism in French Polynesia. The most important of these is Saint Michel’s Cathedral in the main village of Rikitea on the island of Mangareva.
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Activities in the Gambier Islands
The lagoon shared by all the islands in the archipelago is probably the most beautiful in French Polynesia. A transparent, turquoise and blue sea, peppered with coral outcrops, contrasts with the lush green mountains on the islands. Hiking is the ideal way to appreciate the magnificent views over this unique scenery.
The most beautiful sites in the Gambier Islands
At more than 1,600 kilometers from Tahiti, the Gambier Islands are a unique destination in The Islands of Tahiti. Far off the beaten track, these volcanic islands all share the same magnificent lagoon. Idyllic motu and some of the most beautiful churches in French Polynesia are just some of the sites to see.
Getting there and getting around
Air Tahiti flies to the Gambier Islands twice a week. The flight takes 3 hours 40 minutes and arrives on a motu, 40 minutes by boat from the main village of Rikitea. There is also a passenger carrying cargo vessel which visits the Gambier Islands each month.
Visitors to the Gambier Islands are struck by the warmth and hospitality of the islanders. These isolated islands are filled with natural and cultural treasures and the local population will be delighted to share them with you. It is a land where time goes by at a slower pace and the essential things in life are accorded their true value.
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