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Titan trigger fish blowing water in the sand

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spinner dolphin

Between dives

manta ray

manta ray

we saw about a dozen of them

manta ray

manta ray

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Tikehau from the air

Motu

lots of coral to snorkel around

pink sand beach

lots of coral to snorkel around- saw some amazing fish!

deserted pink sand beach

deserted pink sand beach

polynesian tv

polynesian tv

pink sand beach

pink sand beach

sunset

sunset

sunset

TIkehau airport

TIkehau airport

I have been to Tikehau twice. It is in the tuamotu archipelago of atolls. You can’t drive around Tikehau- the atoll is a ring of motus separated by passes. To reach the motus you take a short 3 minute car ride and then board a boat. The Pearl Beach resort is on a motu as part of the atoll on pink sand with aqua water.
The highlight of Tikehau is the manta rays. They have (on their own) adopted an old pearl farm and the surrounding coral where they show up to be cleaned by the smaller fishes that are inhabitants. Our first trip to Tikehau in October, we saw 15 manta rays and my second trip in June I saw 4. They circle the coral and are present for the entire dive and come up to explore us. The site is locally regulated to limit the number of divers and snorkelers and the time they spend so as not to scare the manta rays away.
We also did a dive in the pass which had schools of fish, dolphins to swim with, huge moray eels and huge humphead wrasses. The people the day before saw a hammerhead shark, but we weren’t so lucky.
The resort has 3 types of overwater bungalows. The only overwater bungalow that you can swim off of are the premium OWB or the suites. The premium OWB are situated in a pass and the wind whips over them. You would want a bungalow facing the lagoon if possible as the wind is less. The suites are better situated to have less wind and a sunset view. All have polynesian TVs. Top Dive is on site.
The pink sand beaches are beautiful. On the ocean side one can see whales.

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