Tikehau Atoll is first and foremost known for its extraordinary aquatic fauna. Diving enthusiasts come from all over the world to observe the multitude of multicolored fish and the numerous sharks in the lagoon and ocean waters. However, diving in Tikehau is only one of the wonderful activities to do there. Divers are not the only ones who can enjoy a trip to the atoll. Other sightseeing tours are also available. And why not just enjoy the quietness of the place? Here is our selection of the best activities in Tikehau.
1. A Guided Excursion on the Lagoon
Let yourself be tempted by a boat trip on the lagoon. First, you will go to the site of a former pearl farm. There is a cleaning station for manta rays that you can observe during a snorkeling session. Afterwards, you will go to the motu Puarua, also called the Bird Island. And for good reason: thousands of birds live and breed here, safe from predators. Expect an incredible visual and sound atmosphere. A small paradise for nature lovers and children. It is the best sightseeing in Tikehau for families. Finally, the day will be embellished by a passage on these famous pink sand beaches.
This day trip allows you to have a quick overview of the sights of Tikehau. The program of visits is rich and so diverse that everyone will find something to do. For the organization, ask your hosts in the hotels in Tikehau. Count on about $70 per person, including lunch. An incredible value for money for an unmissable excursion! For optimal comfort, remember to bring good shoes as well as your mask and snorkel.
2. A Drift Dive at Tuheiava Channel
Tuheiava pass is perhaps one of the best diving spots in all of French Polynesia. The only opening of the atoll to the Pacific Ocean, it is characterized by an exceptionally rich aquatic fauna. Because of the current, the dives are drift dives. The already extraordinary atmosphere suddenly becomes magical. While drifting, you will meet thousands of tropical fish. You will see big fish with the appearance of grey, black and white tip sharks, and sometimes also the imposing tiger sharks and great hammerheads. These solitary predators can reach up to 4 meters in length for a unique and intimate experience.
A dive at Tuheiava pass is a must for any diver in Tikehau. For beginners, you will have to take a first dive. In both cases, we recommend the services of the Tikehau Diving center, the best address on the atoll. With pedagogy and friendliness, these professionals will know how to make you feel confident and make you experience unforgettable dives.
3. A Kayak Escapade
Tikehau Atoll has the particularity of having motus in the middle of its lagoon. This is an unusual phenomenon, knowing that motus are usually located on the coral reef. Therefore, beautiful kayak expeditions are possible. The experience is all the more enjoyable as the current is quite weak and the water shallow. If the adventure in the middle of the lagoon can be very impressive, other more reassuring routes follow the motus of the coral reef. On the way, you will enjoy stops on isolated and paradisiacal beaches. In the absence of swell, the water visibility becomes transparent and you will see black tip sharks accompanying you.
Most hotels and guesthouses in Tikehau provide kayaks for their guests. To be sure, it is best to ask your hosts before booking. The excellent Pension Tetua Justine is one of the establishments offering this service to its guests.
4. A Sunset at the Hina Bell
At the western end of the main motu, an extraordinary natural site is hidden. A small beach overlooking the ocean is covered with huge fossilized rocks millions of years old. These coral formations are both monstrous and fascinating. Their jagged appearance and their height of up to three meters recall the force of nature. The site is surrounded by beautiful Polynesian legends. In order for Princess Hina to bathe, a natural bell rang and the waters filled the natural pool. The latter is still visible.
The strength of the site is its location facing west. At the end of the day, it becomes the privileged place to watch the sunset. With a view on the coral reef, you will be overwhelmed by the natural beauty of the place. The experience is contemplative and even meditative: there is a feeling of the end of the world here. A visit to the Hina Bell can be done as part of a bike tour on the main motu.
5. A Massage at the Tikehau by Pearl Resorts Spa
In addition to its natural wonders, Tikehau is also a charming destination. Tikehau by Pearl Resorts offers a romantic setting ideal for relaxation. This resort is beautifully located on a secluded motu. On-site, you’ll have access to the services of Tavai Spa Tikehau, a small wellness salon and traditional treatments. Relax in the scent of essential oils and let the expert hands of the masseurs bring you back into balance. You will continue this moment of relaxation with a visit to the Tikehau bar. With a fruit cocktail in hand, you can fully appreciate the beauty of the place.
Residents of other hotels can take advantage of a boat shuttle system to reach this 4-star resort free of charge. All they have to do is book a massage session with the Tikehau. A vacation in Tikehau is also an opportunity to simply enjoy the moment.
Discovering the sights in Tikehau and then in French Polynesia?
Despite its small size, the atoll is not short of activities to do and sites to visit. You can find all the information to know how to get to Tikehau. But as magical as this destination is, it will only be a stopover during your stay in French Polynesia. What will be your itinerary among the islands of the South Pacific? Contact us now to prepare the trip of your dreams at the end of the world.