300 km northeast of Tahiti and just a few kilometers from Rangiroa, Tikehau atoll resembles a huge natural swimming pool, with long beaches of white and pink sand lining its lagoon. It's also known as "the island of pink sands".
The lagoon and its wildlife
Whether it's the almost perfect shape of its coral ring, the infinite palette of blues in its lagoon, the beauty of its coconut groves or the scarcity of its inhabitants, everything here contributes to the calm and serenity that are the watchwords of a stay that visitors find hard to put an end to...
In its waters, multicolored fish of all sizes, evolving among hundreds of species of coral, offer an incredible festival to visiting guests. Jacques Cousteau described the surrounding sea as one of the world's richest in fish. Fishing is therefore, naturally, the main economic activity of the locals. Most often using fish pens close to the pass, fishermen are experienced in all forms of fishing. Tikehau is one of the biggest suppliers of fresh fish to Tahiti's markets.
Remarkably well-tended coconut groves give it that striking greenness on arrival by plane.
On the motu, the myriad birdlife is also well worth a visit. Here you can discover birds such as the Long-billed Warbler, the Tuamotu Ptilope, the Lori Nonnette (a rare species also known as the Tahitian Blue Lori), Crested Terns, Red-footed Boobies and Ariel Frigates...
The island has a single pass, called Tuheiava, which is located in the north-west and houses the fishing village. On either side of the pass lie the famous fish farms, and at its exit is a renowned surfing site.