The Pink Sand Island
Tikehau encapsulates the meaning of going off the grid. This small, cherished atoll consists of countless tiny white and pink sand islets engulfed in coconut groves and hidden alcoves. In Tikehau, which actually means "peaceful landing," you will find nothing but absolute serenity on her calm and graceful shores.
Tikehau is a small, circular atoll neighboring Rangiroa in the Tuamotu Archipelago. The lagoon, formed by an almost unbroken ring of continuous coral, resembles an immense natural swimming pool. At only 16 miles (25 kilometers) across and no more than 100 feet (30 meters) deep, this underwater aquarium is teeming with marine life. According to the legendary marine researcher Jacques Cousteau, it has a higher concentration of fish than any other lagoon in French Polynesia.
As you can imagine, diving and snorkeling are the two main attractions in Tikehau. The best diving is found on the western shore around the Tuheiava Pass, the only navigable entry into the lagoon. You will encounter reef sharks and the occasional manta ray, but the appeal here is the enormous population of colorful fish. Some of the more common species include tuna, snapper, barracuda, lionfish, clownfish and parrotfish.
Tikehau is like something you would see on a postcard. The scenery here is especially spectacular, both above and below the water. Whether you plan to spend your days in complete isolation or prefer the interaction with friendly locals and vibrant marine life, Tikehau is your personal playground.
The Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort can be found on a secluded, pink beach fringed with palm trees at the southeast end of the atoll. Located fifteen minutes by boat from the airport and the main village of Tuherahera, this hotel serves as the ideal home base for any and all leisurely activities including kayaking, snorkeling and biking. It even has its own dive center on site, making it easy to arrange your daily excursions.
Tikehau Fafarua Lodge is a vacation home on a pristine private motu on the eastern side of Tikehau. Located thirty minutes by boat from the airport, this large house fulfills any private island vacation fantasy. Surrounded by lush coconut groves and white coral beaches, you will enjoy the luxury of exploring Tikehau's unspoiled natural beauty at your leisure with exclusive use of this idyllic motu.
The Ninamu Resort is hidden away on a private island in the southwest corner of Tikehau, just five minutes by boat from the airport. Surrounded by pink sand beaches, abundant marine life, impeccable waves and prevailing trade winds, this secluded retreat is the ultimate paradise for every type of water sports enthusiast. It caters to divers, surfers, fishermen, stand up paddlers and kite boarders.
Relais Royal Tikehau is a quaint family-owned B&B-style lodge located on a private motu that is just a 5-minute boat ride away from the airport. This intimate Tikehau retreat features only nine bungalows and provides an immersive Polynesian experience for all guests. Surrounded by a small channel and a white and pink sand beach looking out to the lagoon, the views at every turn are absolutely stunning.