Austral Islands

Rurutu

Rurutu is the northernmost island of the remote Austral Archipelago. It is also the most populated island in the archipelago (even if it has only a few more than 2000 inhabitants). Rurutu, as many of its sister islands in the archipelago, is one of French Polynesia's "last frontiers", and one of the islands which have been lest touched by westernization.

 
Geologically speaking, Rurutu is a "makatea" (named after another island in French Polynesia), a special phenomenon of a coral atoll that was with time raised above the sea level by tectonic movements. This gives Rurutu a very special landscape filled with limestone and coral caves that raise over the sea. There are not many makateas in the world, and the resources (and therefore economic importance) in most of them have been depleted due to particular mineral deposits.
 
Rurutu is also one of the best spots to see humpback whales in their natural environment. During their mating season, from July to October each year, they can be easily seen from the island's beach. Whale watching constitutes the island's main touristic attraction, therefore.
 
There are no hotels in Rurutu (or any other Austral Island, as a matter of fact), just a few pensions which remain vary faithful to the local spirit. This makes tourism in these islands still somewhat unexplored, and gives Rurutu a very special allure and mystery.

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Rurutu

Rurutu is the northernmost island of the remote Austral Archipelago. It is also the most populated island in the archipelago (even if it has only a few more than 2000 inhabitants). Rurutu, as many of its sister islands in the archipelago, is one of French Polynesia's "last frontiers", and one of the islands which have been lest touched by westernization.

 
Geologically speaking, Rurutu is a "makatea" (named after another island in French Polynesia), a special phenomenon of a coral atoll that was with time raised above the sea level by tectonic movements. This gives Rurutu a very special landscape filled with limestone and coral caves that raise over the sea. There are not many makateas in the world, and the resources (and therefore economic importance) in most of them have been depleted due to particular mineral deposits.
 
Rurutu is also one of the best spots to see humpback whales in their natural environment. During their mating season, from July to October each year, they can be easily seen from the island's beach. Whale watching constitutes the island's main touristic attraction, therefore.
 
There are no hotels in Rurutu (or any other Austral Island, as a matter of fact), just a few pensions which remain vary faithful to the local spirit. This makes tourism in these islands still somewhat unexplored, and gives Rurutu a very special allure and mystery.

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