Tikehau “Pink Sand Island”
Tikehau, the native name derived from peace or to be at peace, its other name is Porutukai. This coral atoll of the Tuamotus is only 20 minutes from Rangiroa, the worlds second largest lagoon. The island is a graceful oval shaped crown of pink sand beaches and turquoise waters with 100’s of motus is 27 km long and 19 km wide. Discovered in 1815 by a Russian mariner and was at that time called Krusenstern Island, named after a Russian early explorer.
In 1987 Jacques Cousteau’s study of Tikehau’s lagoon and discovered it held the greatest variety and concentration of fish than anywhere else in French Polynesia and also declared Tikehau one of the richest atolls on earth. The atoll only has 500 inhabitants and only one hotel, built in 2001, has now encouraged more flights to this destination. The residents of Tikehau are dependent on fishing and tourism as their way of life. The main village of Tuherahera is located on the south end of the largest motu and is full of flower gardens, fruit trees and the most welcoming people.
Scuba diving is the main attraction of Tikehau and a majority of the dive sites are located near Tuheiava Pass. With so many varieties of fish here there is also an abundance of pelagic species like dolphin which are encountered frequently in the lagoon and near the dive sites. Blue Nui Dive Centers is the main dive operator on Tikehau and is located both near the airport and has its dive center at Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort which is on its own motu south east of the main village.
The beaches surrounding the lagoon are amazing, pristine, secluded, and the lagoon offers the most incredible snorkeling and scuba diving experiences. The village offers and reflects a true Polynesian way of life in these remote islands. A romantic and secluded getaway, or an adventure above and below the water, Tikehau has been a well kept secret of the French Polynesia and is one of the true places for people in search of authentic Polynesian hospitality and a world class marine paradise. Ask us about Special Packages to Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort.
Tikehau Hotels & Resorts
- Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort
Tikehau Island Activities
Raie Manta Club has a location there at the main village and has been open since 1993 and Blue Nui since 2002. They both have experienced dive masters and instructors for divers from first time to advanced. Both have staff that is bilingual and provide all equipment, provide certification or lessons. Night dives available on request.
Motu Picnics or Tours
Speed boat rides to the Island of Birds, Fish Park or Black Pearl Farm and isolated motu islets can be arranged through your hotel concierge or in village. Viti Viti Roa Excursions is the main operator there in Tikehau.
Glass Bottom Boat
View the beauty of submarine gardens and tons of tropical fish through the bottom of a glass bottom boat. You are literally floating on the biggest living aquarium and piloted by locals who can both educate and entertain you.
Outrigger canoes, kayaks, jet skis, or even a dinghy are available to explore the lagoon at your own pace.
Tikehau Dining & Nightlife
Dining choices are limited on this island. The village or Tuherahera has some snack shops and family restaurants.
Located at the Tikehau Pearl Resort is an open terrace onto the lagoon, serving a selection of European and Polynesian Cuisine with fresh fish caught daily and local produce.
Also located at Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort nestled between a white sand beach and freshwater pool and the lagoon. Great cocktails and romantic views.