Swimming with manta rays

Observe "fafarua" (manta rays in Tuamotu language) in the most beautiful lagoon in the world at Tikehau with Tikehau Fafarua Lodge Private Island 

Tikehau, a dazzling atoll in the Tuamotu archipelago of French Polynesia, is a dream destination for travelers in search of adventure and exceptional underwater discoveries. Among the many aquatic activities on offer, swimming with majestic manta rays is undoubtedly the most memorable and moving experience. Immerse yourself in a magical world where you can get up close and personal with these giants of the seas and experience an unforgettable encounter with Tikehau's emblematic marine fauna.

Manta rays are fascinating, graceful creatures that roam the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean. These gentle giants, which can reach a wingspan of up to 3 meters, are harmless to humans, making for a safe approach when swimming with these elegant ambassadors of the seabed. Tikehau lagoon is one of the few destinations in the world where manta rays are so present and so accessible to divers and snorkelers.

For this unique experience, visitors are accompanied by experienced local guides who are committed to preserving the environment and respecting marine animals. Embark for a trip to a manta ray aggregation site, an area where they are thought to enjoy being cleaned by small fish around coral legs.

Once on site, participants don masks, snorkels and fins, and gently immerse themselves in the crystal-clear water of the lagoon. Excitement mixed with a touch of apprehension is palpable in the group as everyone prepares for an extraordinary experience. Suddenly, the first dark shadows appear below the surface: manta rays come to meet the divers.

With hearts racing, participants watch these majestic creatures glide gracefully around them. Their supple movements and impressive wingspans leave everyone speechless. The manta rays move with an almost unreal elegance, gently brushing the curious divers with their benevolent presence.

Swimming with manta rays at Tikehau offers a privileged insight into marine life. You'll be able to admire their white bellies and characteristic patterns, which are unique to each individual, making this experience a personalized encounter with these majestic animals. It is essential to respect their space and not to touch them, in order to preserve their environment and ensure responsible, sustainable interactions.

Swimming with manta rays on Tikehau leaves an indelible imprint on the hearts of travelers. It's an experience that awakens environmental awareness and the desire to protect these fascinating creatures and their fragile habitat.

In conclusion, swimming with manta rays in Tikehau is an extraordinary adventure that offers travelers a privileged encounter with one of the ocean's most graceful animals. As well as the wonder of these majestic creatures, it's also an opportunity to learn about the fragility of the marine environment and the need to protect it. Dive into the crystal-clear waters of Tikehau and enjoy a unique experience that will stay with you for the rest of your life.

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Spending a family vacation in a secluded location in an exceptional area like Tikehau’s atoll can be a very attractive vacation project.
Fafarua Private Island is certainly the place.
On the private island, everything has been done to provide the necessary comfort for a pleasant stay in an environment that remains rather hostile to non-native people.

There are, however, certain realities to consider.

The concept of a secluded private island responds to the notion of enjoying an exceptional environment with peace, tranquility and respect for the place and its inhabitants.
We ask our guests to share these values. We appreciate good humor, music and general conviviality. However, we do not tolerate yelling, screaming, fighting or aggressive behavior, regardless of the age of the guests.

Parents are responsible for supervising their children, whether in the buildings, on the grounds, during unsupervised swimming, or on excursions.
In addition, the natural environment can present a number of hazards:
- Risk of injury from coral, which is omnipresent on an atoll,
- Numerous coconut trees with coconuts that can fall,
- Unsupervised swimming.

The remoteness of the island should be taken into account, as we are 30 minutes by boat (in calm seas) from the village clinic (there is no doctor on the island) and one hour by plane from the nearest hospital (in Tahiti).

The use of equipment such as paddleboards, kayaks, fins, masks and snorkels must be under the supervision and responsibility of parents.

The installations, furnishings and decorations of the lodge are the result of more than twenty years of work and are often difficult to repair or replace. Therefore, we ask that everyone be respectful and make appropriate use of the facilities, equipment and environment. The house as a whole, should not be considered a playground.

Rooms must be used according to their normal occupancy. For example, a room with a bathroom for 2 to 3 people cannot be used for 4 to 6 people. The 60 000 square meter motu and its beaches are available for physical exercise.

The remoteness of the atoll and the private island makes sourcing very complicated, forcing the chef to constantly adapt to what's available.
We give great preference to fresh local produce and our cuisine is based on fish in all its forms, caught locally and whenever we can.
It is very difficult to plan "special children's" meals and cater to everyone's specific tastes. We therefore recommend that you contact us prior to booking to find out how we can accommodate your needs.

Similarly, the isolated location of the private island and the need to be self-sufficient in water and electricity means that we have to consider the wise use of these two resources without wasting them.

For all these reasons, although we are happy to welcome children, we feel that Fafarua Private Island is not a "particularly suitable" structure for children, especially young ones.
That's why, after ten years of experience, we have decided not to accept children under the age of 12.
We would be happy to welcome children over the age of 12, and we ask families bringing children to understand that this will only be possible if they make an effort to adapt to what we offer and to the rules of conviviality on the motu.

Spending a family vacation in a secluded location in an exceptional area like Tikehau's atoll can be a very attractive vacation project.
Fafarua Private Island is certainly the place.
On the private island, everything has been done to provide the necessary comfort for a pleasant stay in an environment that remains rather hostile to non-native people.

There are, however, certain realities to consider.

The concept of a secluded private island responds to the notion of enjoying an exceptional environment with peace, tranquility and respect for the place and its inhabitants.
We ask our guests to share these values. We appreciate good humor, music and general conviviality. However, we do not tolerate yelling, screaming, fighting or aggressive behavior, regardless of the age of the guests.

Parents are responsible for supervising their children, whether in the buildings, on the grounds, during unsupervised swimming, or on excursions.
In addition, the natural environment can present a number of hazards:
- Risk of injury from coral, which is omnipresent on an atoll,
- Numerous coconut trees with coconuts that can fall,
- Unsupervised swimming.

The remoteness of the island should be taken into account, as we are 30 minutes by boat (in calm seas) from the village clinic (there is no doctor on the island) and one hour by plane from the nearest hospital (in Tahiti).

The use of equipment such as paddleboards, kayaks, fins, masks and snorkels must be under the supervision and responsibility of parents.

The installations, furnishings and decorations of the lodge are the result of more than twenty years of work and are often difficult to repair or replace. Therefore, we ask that everyone be respectful and make appropriate use of the facilities, equipment and environment. The house as a whole, should not be considered a playground.

Rooms must be used according to their normal occupancy. For example, a room with a bathroom for 2 to 3 people cannot be used for 4 to 6 people. The 60 000 square meter motu and its beaches are available for physical exercise.

The remoteness of the atoll and the private island makes sourcing very complicated, forcing the chef to constantly adapt to what's available.
We give great preference to fresh local produce and our cuisine is based on fish in all its forms, caught locally and whenever we can.
It is very difficult to plan "special children's" meals and cater to everyone's specific tastes. We therefore recommend that you contact us prior to booking to find out how we can accommodate your needs.

Similarly, the isolated location of the private island and the need to be self-sufficient in water and electricity means that we have to consider the wise use of these two resources without wasting them.

For all these reasons, although we are happy to welcome children, we feel that Fafarua Private Island is not a "particularly suitable" structure for children, especially young ones.
That's why, after ten years of experience, we have decided not to accept children under the age of 12.
We would be happy to welcome children over the age of 12, and we ask families bringing children to understand that this will only be possible if they make an effort to adapt to what we offer and to the rules of conviviality on the motu.

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