Manihi, the ‘Bora Bora’ of the Tuamotu Islands, lies 320 miles to the northeast of Tahiti. Known as the “island of pearls”. Its history, scenery and the local population make it an ideal destination for lovers of nature. Like Moorea, Raiatea, and Hiva Oa, Manihi is the perfect choice of island for visitors in search of the authentic Polynesia.

What makes it so special

Why choose Manihi?

Manihi pass © Tim McKenna

On the lagoon and on the island

After an hour’s flight from Tahiti-Faa’a International Airport you’ll receive a warm welcome when you arrive in Manihi. You’ll discover its magnificent beaches of white sand, idyllic motu and the crystal clear water of its turquoise lagoon. The perfect setting for swimming, snorkeling, or diving to explore the exceptional diversity of the sea life. The friendly local population who will be delighted to share with you their everyday way of life, which revolves around fishing, copra and craftwork. Manihi is also the home of pearl farming in French Polynesia.

Diving in Manihi

« Bora Bora is known as the Pearl
of the Pacific, but the home of pearl farming is Manihi. »

Diving in Manihi

Dream in magical waters in Manihi


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What to do in Manihi

Manihi atoll has a host of activities for you to choose from, the most popular of which is diving. Reputed for its extraordinarily rich and varied sea life, especially the tropical fish the superb coral reef. It is an ideal destination for visitors wishing to discover and explore the beauty that lies beneath the waves. Turipaoa is the main village of Manihi and a stroll around the streets will give you a glimpse of the everyday life on this isolated motu. Stop for a chat with the locals, do some shopping and visit the craft workshops. The village comes to life in the evenings with displays of traditional dancing and music.

Banc de poisson du lagon © Tahiti Tourisme
A Manihi, le temps semble figé © Tim McKenna
Vue aérienne sur Manihi © Tim McKenna

Suggested itinerary

Three days in Manihi

Manihi is a veritable tropical island paradise in the Tuamotu Islands in French Polynesia. Reputed for its natural, preserved beauty, crystal clear lagoon and the abundance of its marine life, a vacation in Manihi is a chance to relax and leave the stresses and strains of modern life far behind. Here is our suggestion for a 3 day break on this idyllic island.


Activities in Manihi

Visit a pearl farm

Cultivating pearls is an important part of the French Polynesian economy and Manihi is one of the leading production centers. Visitors are welcomed at most pearl farms, where they can learn how these precious jewels are produced.

Perles de Tahiti © Grégoire Le Bacon
Manihi © Tim McKenna


The crystal clear water makes Manihi ideal for anglers. Go fishing for tuna, barracuda, or dolphinfish (mahi-mahi), and then stop at one of the many motu for a picnic to enjoy your catch grilled in a barbecue on the beach.

Fish from the lagoon on the fire for dinner © Hélène Havard
Fishermen from Manihi © Grégoire Le Bacon

Vacation packages

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Take a look at our vacation offers for The Islands of Tahiti. Get to know the local population, discover the unique natural environment and crystal clear waters. Above all, enjoy being in this special place.

All the Vacation Packages

12 days

Tahiti and the Tuamotus with Windstar Cruises

Bora Bora, Fakarava, Huahine, Moorea, Raiatea, Tahaa

From 6399 $ CA per person
From 5460 $ CA per person

27 days

Islands of Tahiti Exploration

Bora Bora, Huahine, Marquesas Islands, Moorea, Raiatea, Rangiroa, Tahiti

From 13999 $ CA per person
From 11976 $ CA per person
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Manihi © Tim McKenna

Vacations in Manihi

There is a choice of accommodation to suit all budgets in Manihi, from the very modest to the most refined of Tahitian Guesthouses. These family run businesses offer the opportunity to share the typical everyday life of Polynesians. As there are no restaurants, bars or hotels on the island, you dine at your accommodation.

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Getting there and getting around in Manihi

A 1 hour flight from Tahiti takes you directly to this little haven of peace in the Tuamotu Islands. The airport is on a motu and you must reserve your transfer to the village of Turipaoa in advance, either through your travel agent or through your accommodation. The only road on the atoll runs along the shore for just a few miles and you can easily explore the atoll by foot, bike or motor scooter. It’s also possible to rent a car if you prefer. You can also charter a yacht, or rent a canoe or motor boat in the village.

Getting around Manihi ©_Tahiti Tourisme
Vue aérienne sur l'atoll de Tetiaroa © Tahiti Tourisme

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