Tahiti & French Polynesia – Pearl Havaiki Lodge

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Pearl Havaiki Lodge

Tahiti & French Polynesia – Fakarava

 

Travel tips to Tahiti & French Polynesia

 

Between heaven and earth, feet in the water, Pearl Havaiki Lodge welcomes you for a stay full of Polynesian smiles.

Let yourself be seduced by their house cocktails and refined cuisine of local and European inspiration.

Kayaks, canoes, and bicycles are at your disposal to allow you to discover the most beautiful places of the atoll. At the end of the day, treat yourself to an in-room Polynesian massage.

A veritable undersea Garden of Eden, Fakarava has been classified as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve due to the rich diversity of its ecosystem. The undersea flora and fauna promises a richness in the myriad species you are likely to encounter. TopDive is located minutes from Pearl Havaiki Lodge on the northern side in the village of Rotoava.

Fakarava is the second largest atoll in French Polynesia. It is also part of seven atolls classified as “Biosphere Reserve” by UNESCO in 2006. The 2 passes that connect its lagoon to the ocean are Garuae and Tumakohua. They offer some of the best dives in Polynesia. The northern pass of Garuae is the largest in the Tuamotu Islands and probably holds the highest density of fish with the most amazing pelagic encounters ever seen.

Fakarava North Pass has pristine diving with an abundace of sharks and tropical fish life. Each dive site in this area has schools of fish you almost have to push out of you way to move along the reef. Other sites around this incredible pass offer black tips, white tips, nurse sharks, hammerheads, silver tips, walleye jacks, mantas and eagle rays. Though boat rides to the North and South Passes can be long from Fakarava (2-3 hours) and sometimes include rough seas, it is well worth taking the time to get out to these incredible unspoiled dive sites.

 

Photographs courtesy of Pearl Havaiki Lodge and TopDive.

 

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Accommodations

10 bungalows on the edge of the lagoon and 5 bungalows in the heart of the garden will accommodate you comfortably.

Beach Bungalows

Air conditioning, hot water, mini-fridge, coffee service, hairdryer, terrace, 1 double bed, 2 single beds, ventilator, round table and beach chairs, bathroom, shower, sink, electricity 220v

Garden Bungalows

1 double bed, 2 single beds, hot water, coffee service, hairdryer, terrace, ventilator, round table and beach chairs, bathroom, shower, sink, 220v electricity

 

Dining

Savor the Polynesian culinary specialties of our restaurants and discover our house cocktails.

Meko Bar and Restaurant

Treat yourself with a buffet of fresh fruit, fruit juice, French baguettes, jams and local honey, cake or madeleines, yogurts and cheeses, ham, cereals, tea, coffee, chocolate and more in their Breakfast Buffet. For dinner, the Meko Bar offers house cocktails while the chef prepares a single starter / main course / dessert menu, local and European cuisine based on local products, taking into account allergies and a vegetarian menu on request.

Sleeping Shark Snack Bar

The Sleeping Shark Snack Bar allows you to snack on the beach or with your feet in the water, from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm, à la carte: fish or beef carpaccios, Tahitian raw fish, grilled steak or fish, fries. Discover the specialty of Havaiki with raw fish, worthy of the local tradition, voted best of Polynesia in the national travel magazine Géo.

 

Activities

The Pearl Farm

The pearl farm, created in 1989 by Joachim Dariel, is the oldest farm still active on the atoll. Hugo takes you to the breeding lines for pearl fishing, which has made the rounds in the media. Enjoy an authentic demonstration of grafting with a lemon korori tasting. Try your luck by fishing and maybe find the pearl of your dreams! Take your oyster string out of the water, choose one, open it and discover what nature has in store for you. With no external signs, the mother-of-pearl will keep its secret until the end. Discover your pearl and maybe try creating your own piece of jewelry in our workshop.

Snorkeling

On the largest pass of the Tuamotu, snorkeling in crystal clear waters on the ocean side then inside on the coral garden.

Offshore Fishing

Off the atoll, ocean side, the boat armed with pen 80 reels for a troll or jig in the northern pass, yellowfin or dogtooth tuna and mahi mahi are expected but also the tazard and its cousins, and why not a swordfish!

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An Introduction to Tahiti & French Polynesia

Around 4000 BC, a great migration began from south-east Asia across open- ocean to settle the Pacific Islands. Many researchers conclude that Tonga and Samoa were settled around 1300 BC and from here colonization voyages were launched to the Marquesas Islands in about 200 BC. Over the next several centuries, great migrations to colonize all the Tahitian islands and virtually the entire South Pacific took place.

This area of the Pacific Ocean is now called the “Polynesian Triangle” and includes Hawaii to the north, Easter Island to the south-east and New Zealand to the south-west. As a result of these migrations, the native Hawaiians and the Maoris of New Zealand all originate from common ancestors and speak a similar language collectively known as Maohi.

Tahiti covers over two million square miles of the South Pacific Ocean and is comprised of 118 islands spread over five great archipelagos.

Many islands are crowned with jagged peaks while others appear to barely float above the breaking waves. Spread over an area as large as Western Europe, the total land mass of all the islands adds up to an area only slightly larger than the tiny state of Rhode Island.

The three archipelagos most sought by visitors are the Society Islands, comprised of Tahiti, Moorea, Bora Bora, Huahine, Raiatea and Taha'a; The Tuamotu Atolls or "Tahiti's Strand of Pearls", include the atolls of Rangiroa, Manihi, Tikehau, and Fakarava; and the Marquesas, or "The Mysterious Islands."

The two other archipelagos, the Austral Islands and the Gambier Islands, lie to the south and the southeast, respectively, of the Society Islands. While very few travelers venture to these remote islands, those that do are not disappointed by the pristine environment.

Around all the islands of Tahiti, dramatic views continue below the water. Divers and snorkelers are amazed by the density of large marine life. Regular encounters include manta rays whose gigantic wingspan eclipses the passing diver; schools of dolphin dancing along the surf; sharks seemingly at every turn; and, in the Austral Islands, humpback whales thrill the lucky spectators in their annual parade.

These stunning islands offer a fantastic array of delights that visitors will always remember – be one those fortunate people and book today.


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