Tuamotu Islands: Remote Islands of Tahiti

If you’re looking for an exotic getaway, the Tuamotu Islands are your perfect destination! These small islands in French Polynesia—including Fakarava, Manihi, Rangiroa, and Tikehau—are home to secluded lagoons and some of the best diving in the Islands of Tahiti. Fuel your island daydreams with our guide to the Tuamotus!


Aerial View of Fakarava Island
Aerial view of Fakarava Atoll. Image: Tahiti Tourism

Known as the Island of Dreams, Fakarava is a protected coral atoll that serves as a natural reserve for many rare species of birds, plants, and crustaceans. Located southeast of Rangiroa, Fakarava is home to the second largest lagoon in the Tuamotu Islands. It is around 9 square miles. Let yourself get lost in the beauty and nature around you, and discover the most amazing dive sites!


Overwater Bungalows at Manihi Pearl Beach Resort
Overwater bungalows at Manihi Pearl Beach Resort

Aptly named the Island of Pearls, Manihi’s inner lagoon is the perfect environment for the cultivation of the world-renowned Tahitian black pearl! A visit to Manihi will bring you to the farthest north of the Tuamotus, about 2 hours from Tahiti. You’ll discover that life moves at a leisurely pace, focusing on the beautiful simplicity of life. Being the least developed of the primary islands, it’s enticingly secluded, covered in white sand and surrounded by blue waters.


Soaking in the Pool at Hotel Kia Ora, Rangiroa - Tuamotu Islands
Soaking in the pool at Hotel Kia Ora

Rangiroa is the largest of the Tuamotu Islands and is basically an immense natural aquarium. Boasting an accessible yet secluded appeal, it is home to a very large lagoon with a wondrous abundance of marine life; this destination should be at the top of your bucket list if you’re a diver. No wonder it’s known as the Endless Lagoon!


Paddleboarding Off Tikehau Atoll in the Tuamotu Islands
Paddleboarding with harmless reef sharks in Tikehau. Image: Tahiti Tourism

Also known as the Pink Sand Island, Tikehau will truly take you off the grid! Here you’ll find countless tiny white and pink sand islets engulfed in coconut groves and hidden alcoves. In Tikehau, which translates to “peaceful landing,” you’ll find nothing but serenity on calm and graceful sandy beaches. If you’re looking for more diving, have no fear, the waters of Tikehau are teeming with marine life!

Still need a little more inspiration? This great video from Tahiti Tourism will make you want to book the next flight to the Tuamotu Islands!

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