Not far from Rangiroa in the Tuamotu Islands, Tikehau, when seen from the air, is a crown of white and pink sand around a lagoon of such a bright blue that it’s almost unreal. A dreamlike atoll, straight out of a picture postacard, with a lagoon teeming with more fish than any other island in the archipelago. There is a hotel and several Tahitian Guesthouses, where you’ll be sure of the warmest of welcomes. Perhaps more than anywhere else in French Polynesia, Tikehau is the epitome of an island paradise. You’re sure to have holidays that you will never forget.

What makes it so special

Why visit Tikehau?

Peaceful spot on a white sandy beach_© Teriitua Maoni

Pink sand beaches

Imagine basking on the sun on a beach where the sand is bright pink! Created by the presence of a microscopic organism called a foraminifera, the pink sand is breathtakingly beautiful next to the bright blue of the lagoon.

Stroll along the beach, stopping for a rest in the shade of the coconut trees and a swim in the clear warm waters. Enjoy being in paradise… and don’t forget your camera!

Basking on a Pink Sand Beach in the Tuamotu Islands
Making a ni'au basket c Tahiti Tourisme

Craftwork and friendly people

Discover the local craftwork of Tikehau. The inhabitants of the island are proud of their ancestral arts, and produce beautiful seashell necklaces, baskets woven from palm leaves and wooden sculptures.

The Paumotu (inhabitants of Tuamotu in the local language) are warm, friendly people, as you’ll find out when you visit the main village of Tuherahera. You’ll learn about their unique way of life and you’ll enjoy a taste of traditional Tahitian hospitality.

Tikehau is perfect for divers of all levels – there are plenty of fish in the sea!


Not to be missed

What to do

There are a lot of activities for you to do in Tikehau, Unsurprisingly, most of them are nautical activities. The most popular is scuba diving to observe the impressive diversity of marine life. Angling is also extremely popular and, as Tikehau has the most fish of any of the lagoons in the Tuamotu Islands, you’re unlikely to come back empty-handed from your trip.

The clear water of the lagoon is also perfect for snorkeling. Afterwards, you can spread your towel on a choice of beaches straight out of a picture postcard and observe the island’s birdlife. Tikehau is home to several species of exotic birds, such as the blue noddy, brown noddy, red-footed booby and the lesser frigatebird.

Snorkeling in the Tuamotus©_Alexandre Voyer
Brown Noddis © Denis Grosmaire
Plage de sable rose de Tikehau © Teriitua Maoni

Suggested itinerary

Three days in Tikehau

Welcome to Tikehau, a small atoll of 30 square miles where life is peaceful and tranquility reigns. Step off the airplane into a turquoise and blue paradise where you can relax and forget about the stresses and strains of modern life. Here’s our suggestion of what to do and see on a 3 day break in Tikehau.


You’ll also enjoy

Activities in Tikehau

There are more than enough activities to keep you busy during your stay in Tikehau. Visit the isle of Eden, which houses a religious community that lives self-sufficiently on the site of an ancient pearl farm. Photographers will enjoy a visit to Hina’s bell, where large fossilized coral formations stand guard over a pool of the clearest water.

Tuheiava pass is the only opening to the ocean in the reef. The most popular dive site on the island, you’ll find it home to tuna fish, barracudas, dolphins and harmless blacktip sharks.

Activities in Tikehau
Eden island c Tahit Tourisme
Diving at the pass ©_Alexandre Voyer Fakarava-64_

Be inspired


Tikehau is full of possibilities for adventure and discovery. You can take a catamaran cruise to visit the neighboring islands, go diving with an incredible diversity of different marine species, rent a kayak or paddleboard to explore the lagoon, or spend a day trying to get the perfect photograph of the perfect beach.

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Holidays in Tikehau

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View of the bungalows under a clear sky on Tikehau © Lei Tao

Where to stay in Tikehau

Whether you’re looking for a luxury hotel or the authentic simplicity of a Tahitian Guesthouse on a small motu, you’ll find a range of accommodation in Tikehau to suit your requirements. The relaxed and easy Polynesian lifestyle, the warmth and friendliness of the islanders, and the breathtaking beauty of the atoll, guarantee that you’ll have holidays that you’ll always remember.

Getting there and getting around

To get to Tikehau you have to go through Tahiti, where you take a domestic flight which lasts about one hour. There are numerous coral islets on Tikehau and the principal village and airport are in the south of the atoll. The island is small and you can easily get around on foot or you can rent a bike.

View over the clear waters of Tikehau © Lei Tao
Vue aérienne sur l'atoll de Tetiaroa © Tahiti Tourisme

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