Manihi, the ‘Bora Bora’ of the Tuamotu Islands, lies 320 miles to the northeast of Tahiti. Known as the “island of pearls”. Its history, scenery and the local population make it an ideal destination for lovers of nature. Like Moorea, Raiatea, and Hiva Oa, Manihi is the perfect choice of island for visitors in search of the authentic Polynesia.
What makes it so special
Why choose Manihi?
On the lagoon and on the island
After an hour’s flight from Tahiti-Faa’a International Airport you’ll receive a warm welcome when you arrive in Manihi. You’ll discover its magnificent beaches of white sand, idyllic motu and the crystal clear water of its turquoise lagoon. The perfect setting for swimming, snorkeling, or diving to explore the exceptional diversity of the sea life. The friendly local population who will be delighted to share with you their everyday way of life, which revolves around fishing, copra and craftwork. Manihi is also the home of pearl farming in French Polynesia.
« Bora Bora is known as the Pearl of the Pacific, but the home of pearl farming is Manihi. »
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What to do in Manihi
Manihi atoll has a host of activities for you to choose from, the most popular of which is diving. Reputed for its extraordinarily rich and varied sea life, especially the tropical fish the superb coral reef. It is an ideal destination for visitors wishing to discover and explore the beauty that lies beneath the waves. Turipaoa is the main village of Manihi and a stroll around the streets will give you a glimpse of the everyday life on this isolated motu. Stop for a chat with the locals, do some shopping and visit the craft workshops. The village comes to life in the evenings with displays of traditional dancing and music.
Three days in Manihi
Manihi is a veritable tropical island paradise in the Tuamotu Islands in French Polynesia. Reputed for its natural, preserved beauty, crystal clear lagoon and the abundance of its marine life, a vacation in Manihi is a chance to relax and leave the stresses and strains of modern life far behind. Here is our suggestion for a 3 day break on this idyllic island.
Activities in Manihi
Visit a pearl farm
Cultivating pearls is an important part of the French Polynesian economy and Manihi is one of the leading production centers. Visitors are welcomed at most pearl farms, where they can learn how these precious jewels are produced.
The crystal clear water makes Manihi ideal for anglers. Go fishing for tuna, barracuda, or dolphinfish (mahi-mahi), and then stop at one of the many motu for a picnic to enjoy your catch grilled in a barbecue on the beach.
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Take a look at our vacation offers for The Islands of Tahiti. Get to know the local population, discover the unique natural environment and crystal clear waters. Above all, enjoy being in this special place.
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Vacations in Manihi
There is a choice of accommodation to suit all budgets in Manihi, from the very modest to the most refined of Tahitian Guesthouses. These family run businesses offer the opportunity to share the typical everyday life of Polynesians. As there are no restaurants, bars or hotels on the island, you dine at your accommodation.
Getting there and getting around in Manihi
A 1 hour flight from Tahiti takes you directly to this little haven of peace in the Tuamotu Islands. The airport is on a motu and you must reserve your transfer to the village of Turipaoa in advance, either through your travel agent or through your accommodation. The only road on the atoll runs along the shore for just a few miles and you can easily explore the atoll by foot, bike or motor scooter. It’s also possible to rent a car if you prefer. You can also charter a yacht, or rent a canoe or motor boat in the village.
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