Not far from Rangiroa in the Tuamotu Islands, Tikehau, when seen from the air, is a crown of white and pink sand around a lagoon of such a bright blue that it’s almost unreal. A dreamlike atoll, straight out of a picture postacard, with a lagoon teeming with more fish than any other island in the archipelago. There is a hotel and several Tahitian Guesthouses, where you’ll be sure of the warmest of welcomes. Perhaps more than anywhere else in French Polynesia, Tikehau is the epitome of an island paradise. You’re sure to have a vacation that you will never forget.
What makes it so special
Why visit Tikehau?
Pink sand beaches
Imagine basking on the sun on a beach where the sand is bright pink! Created by the presence of a microscopic organism called a foraminifera, the pink sand is breathtakingly beautiful next to the bright blue of the lagoon.
Stroll along the beach, stopping for a rest in the shade of the coconut trees and a swim in the clear warm waters. Enjoy being in paradise… and don’t forget your camera!
Craftwork and friendly people
Discover the local craftwork of Tikehau. The inhabitants of the island are proud of their ancestral arts, and produce beautiful seashell necklaces, baskets woven from palm leaves and wooden sculptures.
The Paumotu (inhabitants of Tuamotu in the local language) are warm, friendly people, as you’ll find out when you visit the main village of Tuherahera. You’ll learn about their unique way of life and you’ll enjoy a taste of traditional Tahitian hospitality.
Not to be missed
What to do
There are a lot of activities for you to do in Tikehau, Unsurprisingly, most of them are nautical activities. The most popular is scuba diving to observe the impressive diversity of marine life. Angling is also extremely popular and, as Tikehau has the most fish of any of the lagoons in the Tuamotu Islands, you’re unlikely to come back empty-handed from your trip.
The clear water of the lagoon is also perfect for snorkeling. Afterwards, you can spread your towel on a choice of beaches straight out of a picture postcard and observe the island’s birdlife. Tikehau is home to several species of exotic birds, such as the blue noddy, brown noddy, red-footed booby and the lesser frigatebird.
Three days in Tikehau
Welcome to Tikehau, a small atoll of 30 square miles where life is peaceful and tranquility reigns. Step off the airplane into a turquoise and blue paradise where you can relax and forget about the stresses and strains of modern life. Here’s our suggestion of what to do and see on a 3 day break in Tikehau.
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Activities in Tikehau
There are more than enough activities to keep you busy during your stay in Tikehau. Visit the isle of Eden, which houses a religious community that lives self-sufficiently on the site of an ancient pearl farm. Photographers will enjoy a visit to Hina’s bell, where large fossilized coral formations stand guard over a pool of the clearest water.
Tuheiava pass is the only opening to the ocean in the reef. The most popular dive site on the island, you’ll find it home to tuna fish, barracudas, dolphins and harmless blacktip sharks.
Tikehau is full of possibilities for adventure and discovery. You can take a catamaran cruise to visit the neighboring islands, go diving with an incredible diversity of different marine species, rent a kayak or paddleboard to explore the lagoon, or spend a day trying to get the perfect photograph of the perfect beach.
Vacations in Tikehau
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Where to stay in Tikehau
Whether you’re looking for a luxury hotel or the authentic simplicity of a Tahitian Guesthouse on a small motu, you’ll find a range of accommodation in Tikehau to suit your requirements. The relaxed and easy Polynesian lifestyle, the warmth and friendliness of the islanders, and the breathtaking beauty of the atoll, guarantee that you’ll have a vacation that you’ll always remember.
Getting there and getting around
To get to Tikehau you have to go through Tahiti, where you take a domestic flight which lasts about one hour. There are numerous coral islets on Tikehau and the principal village and airport are in the south of the atoll. The island is small and you can easily get around on foot or you can rent a bike.
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