The Island of Manihi
is an atoll 312 miles northeast of Tahiti in the Tuamotu Archipelago.
Its clear lagoon, which is 3 1/2 miles wide by l9 miles long, has a deep navigable pass through the reef.
It is here, in the purest, blue-green waters of the lagoon of this remote atoll, that the South Seas "gem," the rare black pearl, was first farmed. Manihi is still the center of black pearl farming, and a visit to one of many black pearl farms sprinkled arround the lagoon is a must.
Mast of the population of 400 live in Turipaoa village alongside the pass. Activities are naturally centered around the lagoon, and no matter where you stay, your hosts will arrange boat trips to show you around the lagoon, visiting the fish parks and pearl farms, with picnics on a motus and line or spear fishing.
The only hotel on the island is the lovely 5 stars Manihi Pearl Resort which offers deluxe overwater bungalows as well as beach bungalows. Snorkeling is outstanding right under the bungalows, and a professionnal dive operator offers fascinating diving or snorkeling excursions amongst sharks and manta rays in the pass or the outer reef.
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