Stunningly beautiful and refreshingly laidback, Ahe is one of the lesser known atolls in the Tuamotu that is a favorite vacation spot for native Tahitians. This charming atoll enchants travelers with unspoilt nature, crystal clear waters, white sand beaches and amazing underwater scenery.
Ahe is part of the Tuamotu Archipelago of islands and atolls, between Manihi and Rangiroa. The atoll is an hour’s direct flight from Tahiti but could be longer depending on island stopovers. This quaint atoll is home to just over 500 inhabitants and has no road connecting the ring of islets which makes boating on the lagoon the main mode of transportation for locals and visitors alike.
Arguably the main draw of this small atoll is its beautiful interior lagoon. Visitors will be mesmerized by the beauty and the vivid colors as they fly over the atoll on their arrival flight. The lagoon is sprinkled with shallow sandbanks that lie just underwater, creating idyllic picnic spots in this pristine tropical swimming pool that is filled to the brim with abundant marine life and vibrant coral gardens.
In addition to spectacular marine life, the lagoon also provides ideal conditions for black pearl cultivation and houses over a hundred overwater shops that have become renowned as leaders in the pearl farming industry with pearls of exceptional colors and reflections (Tahiti Pearl Market sources their black pearls from this very spot). Visiting one of these shops provides a unique experience to watch the highly specialized process of pearl grafting and potentially purchase a one-of-a-kind gemstone for your own collection.