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Tikehau Tuamotu Islands French Polynesia Cruise Port Guide


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The "Robinson's Island". This oval shaped atoll located some 300 kilometers to the northwest of Tahiti, about a dozen kilometers from Rangiroa, has a large pass and a series of islets, the largest of which at the south west of the atoll, 900 meters wide and inhabited.

The charming village of Tuherahera, swathed in flowers, is situated on the south end of this large motu which also has two other villages : Tuheiava, an important center for lagoon fishing and the many fish parks that supply the markets of Tahiti, and Maiaia on the other large motu on the northeast that is a traditional copra producer.

The beauty and abundance of its fauna account for the popularity of scuba diving especially in the Tuheiava pass, where the manta rays' dance alternates with the parades of shoals of barracuda, and tuna fish, not to mention the gray and the white-tipped sharks.

One of the most beautiful atolls in Polynesia is also home to many bird colonies that have sought refuge in the small motu, including the aptly named Isle of Birds well known for its red-footed gannets and brown noddies.

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Among Tahiti's most popular products are black pearls, tiare and coconut soaps, monoi oil, vanilla beans, shell leis, wood carvings, woven hats and baskets, and the colorful hand dyed pareu fabric worn by the island natives. The public market is a favorite with visitors. Shops usually open about 7:30am and close at 5:30pm (Noon on Saturdays) but there is always a long lunch hour. Except in hotels, all shops are usually closed on Sundays.

Bargaining and haggling over prices in markets and stores is not customary.


1000 CFP francs = 8.38 euros. No banks or ATM's here.

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Official languages: French, Tahitian

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New Year's Day
Good Friday
Easter Monday
Ascension Day
Assumption Day
Missionary Day (March 5)
Labor Day (May 1)
Bastille Day (July 14)
Internal Autonomy Day (September 8)
All Saints Day (November 1)
Armistice Day (November 11)
Christmas Day (December 25)

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