Destination Manihi : Infos clés & aéroport


Manihi, located in the extreme north of the Tuamotu Archipelago, is also called “pearl island”. It was actually on this atoll, 520 kilometers (323 miles) from Tahiti, that the first pearl farming adventure began several years ago giving birth to the first of these precious, somber-colored jewels with gold, gray, blue or rose-tinted glints. In fact, they have always existed in their natural stat...
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Practical information

Population : approx. 1271 inhabitants.
Surface area : 74 sq miles (lagoon).
Main village : Paeua

Minimum flight duration : 1h20
Distance from Tahiti : 513 km


The good reasons to visit

• Exceptional seabed.
• A lagoon dotted with pearl farms.
• A variety of activities including: picnic on secluded "motus", fishing, snorkeling...

Do not miss

  • Pearl farms ( often closed on the week-end, please inquire ),
  • the various motu (islets),
  • observing marine life and colourful coral reefs.

Did you know that

• The first pearl farm of French Polynesia was installed in Manihi in 1968.
• Five criteria are used to estimate the value of a pearl: the diameter, the shape, the surface, the luster and finally the color.

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Manihi airport

Manihi airport is located on a motu (islet).
There is no shuttle service, so to get from the airport to the main village of Paeua you will need to take a boat. The journey takes approximately 15 minutes.
If you have booked tourist accommodation, find out from your hosts whether they can arrange your outward and return transfer.

Services available

  • Snack bar
  • Souvenir shop
  • Toilets