10 Days In the Tuamotu Atolls of French Polynesia

Visible from space, the magnificent atolls of the Tuamotu archipelago float on the surface of the ocean like giant pearl necklaces. Forming the largest chain of coral atolls in the world, the Tuamotus, with their rich lagoons, pink sand beaches, coconut palms, are the paradise you’ve been searching for. In this 10 days in the Tuamotus itinerary, we’ll head to the chain’s top three spots, Tikehau, Rangiroa, and Fakarava. 

About This Tuamotu Itinerary

I’ve visited French Polynesia on seven occasions and ventured to the Tuamotu archipelago on four occasions. I’ve visited Rangiroa and Fakarava on three separate occasions and later made it to Tikehau. My latest trip to the atolls was during my month-long honeymoon in French Polynesia.

Spending 10 days exploring all three atolls is a quick way to pack in a lot of sightseeing in a short amount of time. If you want to spend more time in the archipelago or wish to leave one-stop out in favor of a lengthier visit to the other two (especially useful if you want to focus on scuba diving), I recommend seeing what each atoll has to offer and then slicing up your time accordingly.

Island Guides

Check out these island guides for in-depth information about three atolls.

Pro Tip

Looking to reach that “perfect” atoll? With over 70 islands in the Tuamotu archipelago, it can be a challenging task. Here’s an article to help you find the best atolls in French Polynesia.

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How to Get There?

The domestic flight schedule is the determining factor when putting together your itinerary for French Polynesia. From my experience, the smoothest way to visit all three stops would be to first fly to Tikehau (from Tahiti, Bora Bora, or Raiatea). From Tikehau, you’ll make the short hop by plane to Rangiroa and from Rangiroa to Fakarava. Direct flights from Fakarava to Tahiti will get you back to the big island. 

Air Tahiti flight in Tikehau French Polynesia
Pro Tip

Match your itinerary to the right Air Tahiti air pass and save on interisland flights, or fly point to point with Air Moana.

Scuba Diving in the Tuamotus

Diving is the main attraction for foreign visitors to the atolls. In the absence of high mountains, the land is flat so it’s all about the lagoon and its marine life. That said, all three stops have activities for non-divers as well. If you plan on diving in all three atolls, it might make sense to purchase a dive pass. The Topdive pass is offered by the high-end luxury diving club, while the Te Moana pass is valid in several smaller dive centers on every island. 

large school of fish scuba diving in Tikehau French Polynesia
Pro Tip

Book your dive days ahead of time, especially if your schedule isn’t so flexible. Some outings might be fully booked during the high season (June-October) and school holidays when locals from Tahiti and other islands do some domestic travel.