Tuamotu Islands

Tikehau

This circle-shaped atoll is only 15 miles away from neighboring Rangiroa, the biggest island in the Tuamotu archipelago. It is, however, much less developed and has a limited infrastructure, touristically speaking, which adds up to its lost paradise charm. There is only one hotel in the island, Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort (which is only accesible by water), and some pensions amongst which Motu Ninamu stands out. It's located in a provate islet which is also a local fauna ecological reserve.
 
Tikehau is known for having the biggest fish density in the Tuamotus, as was stated by Jacques Cousteau. It is, according to this famous french biologist, ont of the places with the highest marine biodiversity in the world, which is fairly evident as soon as we enter its waters.
 
Fishing is the island's main activity. Local families send fish in air cargo shipments to supply Tahiti's main markets. Varieties include mantarays, barracudas, tuna, colourful coral fish and reef sharks. Tikehau is therefore a true living postcard.

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Diving

Tikehau is famous for its hospitality. And it is a perfect example of harmony between man and nature. For visitors, this is a complete change of scenery from back home, regardless of where that is! The beaches that circle the ...

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General Information

Tikehau

This circle-shaped atoll is only 15 miles away from neighboring Rangiroa, the biggest island in the Tuamotu archipelago. It is, however, much less developed and has a limited infrastructure, touristically speaking, which adds up to its lost paradise charm. There is only one hotel in the island, Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort (which is only accesible by water), and some pensions amongst which Motu Ninamu stands out. It's located in a provate islet which is also a local fauna ecological reserve.
 
Tikehau is known for having the biggest fish density in the Tuamotus, as was stated by Jacques Cousteau. It is, according to this famous french biologist, ont of the places with the highest marine biodiversity in the world, which is fairly evident as soon as we enter its waters.
 
Fishing is the island's main activity. Local families send fish in air cargo shipments to supply Tahiti's main markets. Varieties include mantarays, barracudas, tuna, colourful coral fish and reef sharks. Tikehau is therefore a true living postcard.

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Activities in Tikehau

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Diving on Tikehau

Tikehau is famous for its hospitality. And it is a perfect example of harmony between man and nature. For visitors, this is a complete change of scenery from back home, regardless of where that is! The beaches that circle the lagoon are extraordinary. The scenery is right out of a postcard. The fauna, on land as well as underwater, is unique. The late French ocean explorer Jacques-Yves Cousteau described this lagoon during one of his expeditions as being most diverse in terms of marine life in the whole world. That very appropriate description makes Tikehau the ideal place to go diving for experienced divers as well as beginners. Long considered as a paradise by natives, she has become the inevitable diving destination. She has about the same fauna as Rangiroa to offer, but with a more unspoiled spirit. 


DIVING SPOTS

The Canyons:
The reef here is streamed by giant breaks, where all kinds of fish dwell. The dive ends in a drop that leads to the waves' breakpoint. Silver tip sharks, barracudas, parrotfish, etc.

Tuheiava:
Following Tuheiava Pass' currents, lots of different fish can be seen depending on how deep a diver descends. From the parrotfish and seajacks near the surface to threadfish and triggerfish deeper. The current flows on down south to end up in a multicolored coralline paradise where there's a huge chance of spotting manta rays.

Tuheiava Pass:
Also known as the "Te Ava Drift", this dive lets the current take divers through the pass and into the lagoon, seeing all kinds of fish alongside the reef, to a quieter part into the lagoon. The dive ends in a big fauna come-back performed by schools of moray-eels and surgeonfish.

The Shark's Hole:
Good spot for experienced divers, due to the architectural constructions that lie 50 meters and deeper. A vertiginous arc ties both sides of the big break of the reef that creates this drop full of clownfish. Of course the whole place is dwelled by all kinds of sharks also, as it name implies.

Mara:
Amongst the napoleon fish, the majestic manta rays come to Mara to get themselves rid of small parasites by cleaner small fish. It's also a good place for spotting white tip sharks.

Mamaa Amphitheater:
An amphitheater-shaped hole in the reef whose walls, all recovered by pink coralline formations and sponges, make an inner aquarium ideal for organizing "feeding" excursions.

Diving clubs

Raie Manta Club

A good variety of sites to offer, located in the Tuherahera village, and owned by the famed diver Yves Lefevre. This is a very renowned club which has its headquarters in Rangiroa, and this branch in Tikehau.

http://www.raiemantaclub.com/

Tikehau Plongée

This center opened in 2012 and is located in Tuherahera, the island's main village. Part of the Te Moana diving clubs alliance, whose members are spread out throughout all of French Polynesia.

http://www.tuamotu-plongee.com/

TOPDive

TOPDive center in Tikehau is located in the Pearl Beach Resort hotel. It also has diving centers in 5 other islands.

https://topdive.com

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