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7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
Walked from pier for five minutes to the beach where the water was blue and rough. We bought coconuts and a local family shared their freshly-caught whitefish lunch. So memorable.
Walked from pier for five minutes to the beach where the water was blue and rough. We bought coconuts and a local family shared their freshly-caught whitefish lunch. So memorable. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
As an atoll, it was a very interesting contrast to the previous mountainous island, Nuku Hiva. Walked to the public beach and had a great time swimming around. Otherwise there is not a lot to do.
As an atoll, it was a very interesting contrast to the previous mountainous island, Nuku Hiva. Walked to the public beach and had a great time swimming around. Otherwise there is not a lot to do. Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2017
Open-Ocean free diving and snorkeling with Dolphins, then snorkel amongst modest Coral formations within the lagoon. Nice.
Open-Ocean free diving and snorkeling with Dolphins, then snorkel amongst modest Coral formations within the lagoon. Nice. Read Less
38 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2016
Just did private walk around town followed by some snorkelling beside the jetty, which was quite good with lots of fish and different types of coral.
Just did private walk around town followed by some snorkelling beside the jetty, which was quite good with lots of fish and different types of coral. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2016
Excursions were already booked on board and given there was another ship in port at the same time, local drivers were all busy as well. Simply took time to walk around the island.
Excursions were already booked on board and given there was another ship in port at the same time, local drivers were all busy as well. Simply took time to walk around the island. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2015
Biggest atoll in French Polynesia and in the Tuamotu Archipelago. We walked along the village road to a beach near the resort with overwater bungalows. The temperature was 80 degrees F / 27 degrees C. Swam in the clear blue water. You will ... Read More
Biggest atoll in French Polynesia and in the Tuamotu Archipelago. We walked along the village road to a beach near the resort with overwater bungalows. The temperature was 80 degrees F / 27 degrees C. Swam in the clear blue water. You will need aquatic shoes here at the ocean floor is sharp and hurts with coral rocks underneath the surface. Handicrafts are sold on shore. Known for its vineyards of Carignan, Italia, Black Muscat and an absence of grapevine pests such as defoliating insects. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2015
Our 3rd time here so we did not take an excursion. Second biggest atoll in the world noted for scuba diving, fishing and pearls. Previously we have taken glass bottom boat tours and it is a natural aquarium, per the noted Captain ... Read More
Our 3rd time here so we did not take an excursion. Second biggest atoll in the world noted for scuba diving, fishing and pearls. Previously we have taken glass bottom boat tours and it is a natural aquarium, per the noted Captain Cousteau. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2013
The ship sold lots of 1 hour snorkeling trips for $149. We found the same trip at the pier for $30, but you had to be patient and wait till some guy in a boat, pulls up to the dock. You check with him to see if he his offering a ... Read More
The ship sold lots of 1 hour snorkeling trips for $149. We found the same trip at the pier for $30, but you had to be patient and wait till some guy in a boat, pulls up to the dock. You check with him to see if he his offering a snorkeling trip. You can find these trips after 11am, but you do have to be patient. There is no ticket counter waiting to sell you a trip. All the snorkeling trips go to the "Aquarium Garden", which is a 10 minute boat ride to a reef that is 20 to 30 feet deep. The Dive trips went here also, as do the Glass Bottom boat rides offered by Marina. There were 2 Dive Companies near the pier. You need to contact them ahead of time, they were booked, at least in the morning. The Aquarium Garden was just amazing, thousands of fish. Some people saw sharks and Sting Rays, I saw a huge eal. You get a 40 minute snorkel and then the boats go back to the pier. We got to the pier at 9:15am and couldn't find anything to do. The nearby resort hotel would not allow cruise passengers to enter their property, there was a guard. We found no bike or car rentals. There was 1 or 2 taxis, but they were busy. Some people took the cab to the nearby Village, there was nothing there, so they came right back. We did find some half way decent snorkeling within walking distance from the pier, either way. It was very shallow and rocky, so forget fins and just walk in with good hard bottom water shoes. There was good variety of fish, but the coral had a lot if sand on it, but it was free and fairly easy to do. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2012
Another flat but inaccessible island. None of us were impressed here. There's lots of talk about the snorkeling and diving here, so perhaps you'll have a better time. The guys found that anything worth doing had already been ... Read More
Another flat but inaccessible island. None of us were impressed here. There's lots of talk about the snorkeling and diving here, so perhaps you'll have a better time. The guys found that anything worth doing had already been fully booked -- it would have behooved us to schedule this ahead of time. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2012
We survived the 90 minute trip by boat to the Blue Lagoon with Jean Pierre, and had the most amazing trip of the tour. Do not, under any circumstances, miss this tour.
We survived the 90 minute trip by boat to the Blue Lagoon with Jean Pierre, and had the most amazing trip of the tour. Do not, under any circumstances, miss this tour. Read Less

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