Destination Tikehau : Infos clés & aéroport


Tikehau, much smaller than Rangiroa, its neighbouring island, is a ring of sand of 26 kilometers in diameter covered by coconut trees, located 340 km north of Tahiti. Its postcard decor and its heavenly white and pink sand beaches which unfurl out of sight make Tikehau an ideal destination for all nature lovers. Sea bird colonies have chosen to reside on the innumerable motus which make up the ...
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Practical information

Population : approx. 560 inhabitants
Surface area : 178 sq. miles (lagoon)
Main village : Tuherahera

Minimum flight duration : 0h55
Distance from Tahiti : 308 km


The good reasons to visit

  • Tikehau looks like a natural pool of 26km in diameter, known for its abundant underwater fauna.
  • Endless beaches of white or pink sand, bordered by coconut trees.
  • The pass of Tuheiava, which is the only opening to the ocean, ideal for marine life observation.
  • Unique outings on phenomenal “motu” (islets).
  • The picturesque and colourful village of Tuherahera.
  • Great and famous surf spots.

Do not miss

  • Scuba diving in the pass of Tuheiava (manta rays, shoals of barracuda and tuna, gray or black tip sharks, blue dolphins),
  • the white and pink sand beaches,
  • the fish parks,
  • the Bird Island,
  • the Manta ray cleaning station, a snorkeling or diving spot.

Did you know that

  • The Bird Island is known for its red-footed boobies and brown Noddies.
  • The Tikehau lagoon is reputed to be one of the most stocked with fish in French Polynesia.
  • Tikehau was "discovered" in 1816 by a Russian navigator, Otto von Kotzebue.
  • The "bell of Hina" is a corner of paradise, named in memory of a legendary princess: located on the main motu of Tikehau, it is composed of fossilized coral formations or "feo", overlooking clear water basins, real natural jacuzzis. Tikehau


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Tikehau airport

Tikehau airport is located close to the main village.
There is no shuttle service, so to get to the village you will need to go by car.
If you have booked tourist accommodation, find out from your hosts whether they can arrange your outward and return transfer.

Services available

  • Air Tahiti agency
  • Snack bar
  • Souvenir shop
  • Telephone kiosk
  • Toilets