Tuamotu Archipelago

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Tuamotu Archipelago - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. Avatoru


    Rangiroa's capital is a small village on Avatoru Pass with two churches (Catholic and Mormon) fashioned from coral, a town hall, post office...Read More

  • 2. Blue Lagoon


    This "lagoon with a lagoon" is a popular excursion. The water is sensationally blue and fringed by white sandy beaches and coconut trees. After...Read More

  • 3. Gauguin's Pearl Farm


    The farm is an easy walk from the airport on the edge of the lagoon. A guide, who explains the long and laborious process of cultivating Tahitian...Read More

  • 4. Ile Aux Oiseaux

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    This island in the middle of the lagoon is a haven for thousands of boobies (birds, people!), sooties, noddies, and terns. It's a noisy day...Read More

  • 5. Ile aux Recifs


    The "isle of reefs" is considered the best lagoon excursion of all. Located about an hour due south of Avatoru, it's an area dotted with raised...Read More

  • 6. Les Sables Roses


    This pink sand beach is in the southeast corner of Rangiroa, reached by a two-hour boat trip. The sands contain eroded coral and foraminiferal...Read More

  • 7. Otepipi


    This deserted village, complete with church, is on the opposite side of the lagoon to Avatoru, midway between Ile aux Recifs and Les Sables...Read More

  • 8. Rotoava


    Situated on the northeast corner of Fakarava, this village of 860 people is where the action happens on the atoll. There's a pretty Catholic...Read More

  • 9. Sables Roses


    Sables Roses, a tiny motu adrift in Tikehau's gorgeous lagoon, with towering coconut trees and pink-sand beaches. The day trips here are leisurely...Read More

  • 10. Tetamanu


    It's hard to believe that this village of a dozen people was once the capital of the Tuamotus. The coral church, built in 1874, is still there...Read More

  • 11. The Passes


    Avatoru and Tiputa passes offer some of the best drift diving in the world. Divers, accompanied by a guide, are dropped off on the ocean side...Read More

  • 12. Tiputa


    Rangiroa's other little settlement can be reached by a regular ferry service (called a taxi boat) from Ohotu wharf. Tiputa's well kept, with...Read More

  • 13. Tuherahera


    The name of the main town and the motu on which the airport is built, this busy little center has four churches (three on the same corner and...Read More

  • 14. Turipaoa


    Also known as Paeua, Manihi's main town is home to most of the atoll's 1,200 people. It's located near Turipaoa Pass (also known as Tairapa...Read More

  • 15. Vin de Tahiti


    Vin de Tahiti. Vin de Tahiti is the only vineyard in the South Pacific—the grapes are grown on a motu in Rangiroa's lagoon. Owner Dominique...Read More

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