If you visit Rurutu, be prepared to be surprised! The surprises begin with the invigorating climate, which is the reason why Rurutu is perfect for growing fruit and vegetables. Then there is the geology of the island, dotted with caves and cavities. And if you want to see some seashells, then look upwards – they’re embedded in the limestone cliffs. Another, very pleasant surprise, is the skill of the local craftsmen and women, who weave the most magnificent hats and baskets from the leaves of the pandanus tree. A land of surprises, and a land of tradition.
What makes it so special
Why visit Rurutu?
An island like no other
Far from the more popular tourist venues of Bora Bora and Moorea, Rurutu offers a vacation with a difference. Caves, whales, craftwork, a rich history and a natural environment that is both generous and surprising.
Rurutu is unlike any other island in the Austral Islands, or in the whole of French Polynesia for that matter! If you’re looking for somewhere ‘far from the madding crowds’, then Rurutu is the ideal destination for you.
There are no luxury hotels on Rurutu, but there are many small and charming Tahitian Guesthouses where you stay in the company of local inhabitants. It’s the perfect way to experience the authentic, Tahitian way of life.
Visit the caves
One of your hosts will certainly be delighted to take you to visit some of the local caves, such as ‘Ana Taupe’e (the monster’s mouth). Rurutu has a small lagoon, but the beaches are superb for lazing in the afternoon sun.
However, the water can be a little crisp, and air temperatures range from 20 to 15°C between June and October!
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Not to be missed
Swimming with whales
A 1h30 flight from Tahiti takes you to a different world, where whales visit from July to November to nurture their young.
You can even observe them from one of the promontories just outside the village of Moerai, in the north of the island. Another captivating view is of the village and bay of Avera, from a platform at the foot of Mount Matotea.
Four days in Rurutu
Known as ‘whale island’, Rurutu is located in the north of the Austral Islands. A vacation in Rurutu is a break from the hustle and bustle of everday life. An oasis of tranquility in unspoiled surroundings with an authentic island population. Limestone caves, taro fields, spectacular scenery and much else await you on our four day itinerary.
Take advantage of Rurutu’s pure, fresh air. Go walking, biking, horseback riding and spend time at sea. Observe the whales and the unique birdlife, visit the caves, relax on the soft, white sandy beach at Vitaria. Spend a morning with a group of local ladies who’ll teach you how to weave a basket out of pandanus leaves. Make the most of your stay among the friendly people of Rurutu.
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Observing the whales in the cooler season, or hiking during the warmer season? Take a look at the vacation possibilities in Rurutu.
Austral Islands, Tahiti
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Staying in Rurutu
There are no luxury hotels in Rurutu. The island prefers the authenticity of small, family-run Tahitian Guesthouses. You’re sure of a warm welcome and traditional Polynesian hospitality and you’ll enjoy the immersion in the everyday life and culture of the local population.
Getting there and getting around
Air Tahiti flies to Rurutu at least 4 times per week, and more often during the peak season and when the island’s children return from Tahiti for the school holidays. Try to get a seat on the left of the plane, because you’ll get a superb view of the island as you come in to land. The airport is in the north of Rurutu and quite far from the villages, so ensure that your accommodation knows the time of your arrival, so that they can collect you. You can rent a car to get around during your stay. However, if you’d like to try something more authentic, take a tour of the island on horseback.
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