Tikehau - Beautiful Nature
Beautiful Nature of Tikehau
Go for a day boat trip to explore the main sites of interest of Tikehau. First stop next to a former pearl farm, to look for the majestic Manta rays. Plunge into the lagoon with your fins, mask & snorkel, & meet the majestic manta rays just few meters from you. You will understand by watching this stunning show why it is called “the ball of the mantas”. Then, after a 45 minutes ride, you will visit the Bird island, a must-see secluded place where lovely marin birds nest. A real uninhabited haven of peace, this colourful islet lost in the middle of the lagoon is a nursery for a number of colonies of seabirds who come to lay their eggs here, sometimes without a nest, directly on the tree branches, close at hands. The red-footed booby, resembling little cuddly toys, gracious white or delicate black terns, majestic frigate birds… As a delight for the eyes, this islet is a jewel for lovers of nature & photography.After such emotions, it’s time to relax, all around a typically “paumotu” meal : lagoon fish are grilled on a BBQ (parrot fish, perch fish, red mullet…), served with rice cooked with coconut milk, and the famous “raw fish”. A delight! Afternoon at leisure on the motu, siesta, walk around motu or go on a snorkeling exploration in the lagoon before heading back to your hotel.
If time allows it, you can ask to visit the Pink Sands or the Eden island, the garden of Tikehau – Visit the Tikehau’s Garden of Eden, an islet where a small, totally self-sufficient Chinese community have taken up the challenge of growing without any pesticides more than thirty varieties of vegetables and fruit over 2.5 hectares of soil as infertile as any to be found on the motus of an atoll. They have managed to make a success of the experiment, and this organic garden now supplies the village and most of the small hotels on the atoll not only with fruit and vegetables but also coconut palm flower honey and…salt! Strange but true: seawater is heated by a small glasshouse and around every 2 months, 100 kg of Pacific Ocean salt is harvested.
Duration: Full Day Tour