Prepare to be captivated by French Polynesia’s more remote islands. Discover Rangiroa’s vast, shimmering lagoon and schools of dolphin, wander through Tikehau’s countless white and pink sandy islets, coconut groves and hidden alcoves and surrender to the sensation that you’re finally ‘off the grid’. Snorkel beside manta rays, lionfish, clownfish and colourful parrotfish. In Fakarava, smell the fragrance of hibiscus and bougainvillaea and feel the delicate pink sands between your toes before snorkelling from one islet to the next. This remote wonderland is a world away from the crowds of Tahiti and promises the ultimate Polynesian escape.
With 1 night on the main island of Tahiti to start your trip you can recover from your long flight before heading to the island of Rangiroa, home to a lagoon larger than Tahiti itself! After 4 nights here it’s over to the small atoll of Tikehau for 3 nights experiencing a remote paradise worlds apart from the mainland. Fakarava brings great diving opportunities as well as a chance to meet the locals, with 3 nights here you have plenty of time to explore before heading home.
Depart the UK from your chosen airport.
On arrival into Papeete Airport you will be met in arrivals by our local representative and taken by shared transfer to your hotel for a 1 night stay.
The rest of the day is at leisure.
This morning, you’ll be collected from your hotel and driven to the airport for your short domestic flight over to Rangiroa, located in the Tuamotu Atolls only a short 60 minute flight away.
On arrival your shared transfer will greet you and take you to your accommodation, home for the next 4 nights.
Rangiroa is the largest of the Tuamotu Atolls and also has the largest population in the region, meaning a regular air service from Tahiti Airport. Set home to flat islets and sandbars, rather than mountainous peaks, Rangiroa’s gem is its vast lagoon, so large the island of Tahiti could fit inside! Home to schools of dolphin as well an abundance of other marine life, Rangiroa is a popular choice for diving and deep sea fishing.
Cruising the lagoon is a popular pastime, so be sure to book a trip to take you out to the more remote islets. Head to the ‘Pink Sands’ for a desert beach experience with a difference or ‘Reef Island’ to witness the impressive coral formations that have been created by erosion.
However you decide to spend your time, you’ll leave Rangiroa with a lasting impression of secluded beauty and remote paradise worth exploring.
Today you’ll be collected by shared transfer and taken to the airport to meet your domestic flight to Tikehau. On arrival, you’ll be met again and taken to your hotel, with the rest of today is at leisure.
We think you’ll discover absolute serenity with the next two full days on the island of Tikehau. With countless white and pink sandy islets, coconut groves and hidden alcoves, Tikehau’s ‘off grid’ feeling will captivate you. Pass your days bathing in the lagoon’s warm, clear waters that are rich in marine life and perfect for snorkelling.
Diving and snorkelling are popular activities on Tikehau with sightings of reef sharks and manta rays almost commonplace here. The vast populations of colourful fish including lionfish, clownfish and parrotfish are the main attraction here and they inhabit an underground wonderland you’ll be keen to explore.
You can take a scenic bike ride around the main islet and visit the picturesque village of Tuherahera, rich in hibiscus and bougainvillea. The near uninhabited north-eastern side of the island is ripe for exploring; you can head to the long pink beach on the east and snorkel right out from one islet to the next. This remote wonderland is a world away from the crowds of Tahiti, and provides the ultimate Polynesian escape
After breakfast your driver will collect you for your shared transfer to the airport to connect with your domestic flight to Fakarava. On arrival you will be met and taken to your hotel to check in for a 3 night stay.
Located right on the beach, your lodge accommodation offers tropical gardens and 2 on-site restaurants. Half board is included as standard, meaning you have both breakfast and dinner included. The bungalows are simple and clean, each with a private bathroom and air conditioning.
Known as one of the best diving destinations in the world, the island of Fakarava will prove to be a real highlight of this holiday. Take a leisurely bike ride to the main village of Rotoava, located on the longest continuous ‘motu’ (islet) in French Polynesia, rimmed with extraordinary beaches. Or, head to the far southern end of the lagoon to find an old Catholic church made entirely out of coral, in the village of Tetamanu.
If you enjoy diving, be sure to head down to Tumakohua Pass, home to an underwater valley knowns as Shark’s Hole. This area is heavily populated with lemon, whitecap and hammerhead sharks, making this a popular destination for divers.
With a distinct absence of large, resort-style hotels Fakarava offers pure surroundings and a secluded island feel that sets it apart from the most visited islands in French Polynesia.
After a breakfast you will be picked up from your hotel and taken to the airport to connect with your domestic flight back to Tahiti and your international departure flight.
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The best time to visit French Polynesia is the dry winter period between May and October, the weather is cooler and rainfall is much less. From November to April temperatures rise as the summer rainy season begins bringing humid, cloudy weather and lots of rain. During this time is not uncommon to experience brief, violent storms or torrential rains lasting a few days at a time. Peak season is July and August, Christmas and Easter school holidays meaning prices at this time will be at a premium.
This itinerary is purely a suggestion, and can be tailor-made to your requirements, so please contact us with your dates and requests and we’ll put together a bespoke quotation for you.
11 nights in local pension style accommodation.
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