'Off the grid' French Polynesia trip: Tikehau & Fakarava Island

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Duration (in days): 7

From: Papeete, Tahiti

To: Papeete, Tahiti

From

£1,465

Exc. International flights (per person, based on 2 sharing) 
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Overview

Treat yourself to a peaceful week spent ‘off-grid’ in the Tuamotus in French Polynesia. Bathe in Tikehau’s shimmering lagoon where an indescribable rainbow of tropical fish gathers amongst the calm turquoise waters. Then hop over to Fakarava Island, a diver’s paradise where you can explore authentic Polynesian life on two wheels, from the deserted beaches to peaceful villages and a coral church. The Tuamotus are an ideal destination for uninterrupted relaxation away from the crowds.

This itinerary can be tailored to suit your requirements please contact one of our consultants to start planning your dream French Polynesia holiday.

    Highlights

    • Spend a night on the main island of Tahiti
    • Enjoy a tranquil week in the remote Tuamotu islands
    • Bathe in the crystal clear, blue lagoon of Tikehau
    • Snorkel amongst French Polynesia’s highest concentration of tropical fish
    • Relax in bliss on the island of Fakarava and see what authentic local life is like
    Itinerary

     

    Itinerary in brief:

    • 1 night in Tahiti
    • 3 nights on Tikehau
    • 4 nights on Fakarava

     

    Day 1: Tahiti

    On arrival in Tahiti, you will be met with a flower lei at the airport and be accompanied to your hotel in the capital of French Polynesia. You’ll have a night here to relax after your long flight.


    Days 2-4: Tikehau

    In the morning you’ll take a short 1 hour flight over to Tikehau, an oval lagoon where a narrow strip of land encircles the turquoise water like a lasso of sandy beaches. You’ll mostly have the island to yourself with plenty of space to enjoy this island’s pristine wilderness - there are only a couple of hotels and a little over 500 living here! Colourful fish outnumber humans here – in fact Tikehau has the highest concentration of tropical fish in French Polynesia, guaranteeing the most incredible snorkelling experience! Spend your days basking in the sun, enjoy the idyllic scenery and watch the vibrant pink and orange sunsets from the deck of your beach bungalow.


    Days 5-8: Fakarava

    A short flight brings you over to Fakarava. With a noticeable absence of larger, resort-style hotels this island offers pure surroundings and a secluded feel that sets it apart from the most-visited islands in French Polynesia.

    Located right on the beach, your pension-style accommodation is set amongst tropical gardens, with two on-site restaurants. Your stay is on a half-board basis, meaning you have both breakfast and dinner included. The bungalows are simple and clean, each with a private bathroom and air conditioning.

    Fakarava is one of the world’s best diving destinations. Two main ‘passes’ feed into the lagoon from the ocean, one of which is the Tumakohua Pass. Its home to an underwater valley knowns as Shark’s Hole which is heavily populated with lemon, whitecap and hammerhead sharks and is a popular choice for if you like to dive.

    Back on dry land, why not take a leisurely bike ride to the main village of Rotoava, located on the longest continuous ‘motu’ (islet) in French Polynesia and rimmed with extraordinary beaches? For something completely different, head to Tetamanu to the far southern end of the lagoon to find a vintage Catholic church made entirely out of coral.


     

    Info

    The best time to visit French Polynesia is the dry winter period between May & 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.

    What's included: 

    • Welcome flower lei
    • 8 nights’ accommodation
    • Return airport transfers on all islands
    • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
    • Domestic flights

    Not included: 

    • International flights
    • Any meals not mentioned
    • Personal expenses
    • Tips & gratuities
    Accommodation

    8 nights in local pension-style accommodation. Accommodation in this standard includes:

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