Tuamotu Archipelago

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  • 1. Avatoru

    Town/Village

    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

    Beach–Sight

    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

    Farm/Ranch

    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

    Beach–Sight

    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

    Beach–Sight

    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

    Town/Village

    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

    Town/Village

    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

    Beach–Sight

    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

    Town/Village

    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

    Sports–Sight

    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

    Town/Village

    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

    Town/Village

    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

    Town/Village

    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

    Sports–Sight

    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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