The largest of the Polynesian archipelagos includes over 76 islands and atolls, extending over more than 20,000 square kilometres, sparsely inhabited by a mere 12,500 people.
Undiscovered for many years and concentrating on their traditional activity of farming pearls, these islands are slowly waking up to the fact that foreign guests may wish to visit these pristine tropical retreats. The welcoming locals live in picturesque whitewashed houses, decorated with shell art.
Visiting the islands
Despite being a 90 minute flight from Tahiti, comfort levels are maintained by solar energy that powers all modern conveniences, and these islands are wonderful for people who want to experience a remote, unspoiled region scarcely touched by the outside world.