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Tikehau is the true, classic atoll- a low tropical island created by coral rising up above the sea level, and then gradually eroding away. Tikehau is an oval shaped atoll that consists of a series of hundreds flat motus (islands)-, surrounding a pristine, magnificent lagoon packed with thriving and varied species of marine life. The charming village of Tuherahera (population 350) is situated on the south end of the largest motu- here you will find the friendly smiles of the local residents tending the small flower gardens of their well kept houses.
Because of the developed airport, Tikehau is easily accessible to travelers and vacationers. The atoll is only a one hour flight from Tahiti and 20 minutes from Rangiroa.
The real draws of Tikehau are the beaches and the incredible snorkeling and scuba diving opportunities. If you enjoy miles of beautiful pink sand beaches, sparkling turquoise water, and a peaceful/quiet atmosphere then you will love Tikehau. From your hotel you can easily take a canoe and paddle to a nearby, deserted motu island to spend the day in complete seclusion, lie on a beautiful beach, enjoy a picnic and feel like you are Robinson Crusoe or “king” of your own private island.
Tikehau is also world class scuba diving and snorkeling destination. The lagoon is clean and clear, and teeming with varied fish species. On a visit in the early 1980’s the visiting Cousteau Society proclaimed the lagoon of Tikehau to have the most concentrated populations of varied fish species among all the islands of Tahiti- Polynesia. Adding to the diving experience are scattered shipwrecks and also cliff and underwater cave diving. These attributes and more make Tikehau a fascinating island destination for you to explore.