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Tubuai, the island of abundance within the Austral archipelago

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Tubuai is the largest island of the Austral archipelago and is located on the tropic of Capricorn. Because of its location it benefits from a temperate climate. Tubuai unveils a unique landscape combining a sapphire blue lagoon with multicolored shades of Tubuai’s sandy beaches.
Discover exceptionally preserved underwater marine life in the lagoon. Take a swim with thousands of colorful tropical fish in warm and clear waters. Sports minded addicts will love the kite boarding and windsurfing year round in the lagoon of Tubuai, enhanced by the trade winds.
Tubuai’s soil is very fertile with coffee, taro and orange trees in abundance around the island. You also can’t miss the large amounts of bright lilies on the island making Tubuai the capital of the lily!
The mountains and valleys of Tubuai’s island are great grounds for hiking. Take a walk, ride a bicycle, or go on a 4WD safari tour up to the top of Mount Taita. Either way enjoy the lush nature of this magnificent island.
The lagoon of Tubuai : a magical playground for kite surfers
The lagoon of Tubuai : a magical playground for kite surfers
Sunset on Tubuai island
Sunset on Tubuai island
A lagoon in the Austral islands
A lagoon in the Austral islands
Tubuai viewed from a motu
Tubuai viewed from a motu


  • Located 640km / 397 miles south of Tahiti (flight time: 1 hour 40 minutes)
  • Area: 45km2 / 26 sq miles
  • Population: 2,100 inhabitants
  • Airport: Hauri
  • Highest peak: Mount Taita (422m / 1,385 ft)

Must see

  • Hikes and 4WD safari tours
  • “Motu” consisting of 13 colorful, shady sandy beaches
  • Mount Taita: breathtaking view of the lagoon
  • Diving and snorkeling
  • Kite boarding and windsurfing

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During your vacation

  • Scuba diving with “La Bonne Bouteille”
  • Kite board with Tahiti-Kitesurf
  • Vaiteanui family hotel

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All Reviews

Isa et François

19 Feb 2016
In short : Excellent organization of our trip. If we could have one full day at the end of Tahiti because the craft is difficult to find in the islands
All excursions made with local guides were amazing.
Travels in Polynesia are badly sold in France. It has to be more promoted !!

Translated by google translate :
In detail : Hello Fred
Here is our return on vacation
1) destination / route: good
2) General organization: excellent if we could have one full day at the end of Tahiti because the craft is difficult to find in the islands
3) Yes you recommend Tahiti: yes
4) stay: good to excellent
Details of accommodation:
- Pension beach in Tahiti. :
a faultless they understood everything. very very good

- Bianca and Benoit in Mangareva:
business too, they do not take the time to look after us, we have "plants" at the other end of the island, we returned on foot, Bianca forgot to pick us up, she also forgot to prepare dinner.
The Maro'i pension is more available.
-Hee tai innate Nuku Iva:
Ms. Rose is a little outdated, it remained blocked there 40 years by cons staff is not especially charmant.Ne dinner here the prices are exorbitant and they are nothing in .it is very biased attitude compared to the village. She is the only one to have claimed the tax.
- Mana Tupuna to uka ua:
Superb welcome
from Karen, Sylvain and children. Stately guesthouse, very family friendly.
Even if there is no hot water or air conditioning is the best place of stay. A beautiful encounter, although we stayed there stayed longer.
-Pukuee To ua pou:
Elisa and jerome are charming but not very professional.
Elisa looks tired of everything. The pension is very clean and redone great view of the bay

-Kanahau In Hiva Oa
Tania is excellent in all !! Home, history, botany, humor, kitchen ....

Her good humor is infectious, she is always available to us, cooking as a chef. The bedrooms nice too. Another very good address.
- Raivavae Tama resort:
Eleanor and Denys are too business too.
Otherwise pleasant bungalows. We reported at the airport at Eleanor oblivion of a watch in the bathroom but it was not very concerned.
- Wipa lodge Tubuai:
Wilson is really a character to meet, good evening in his company

Very good food Gisele. The new board will be superb.
- Manotel to Rurutu:
Yves and his family are lovely. An extraordinary garden. An address to remember, flawless. Excellent cocktails made by beautiful girl.

5) excursions:
all excursions made with local guides were amazing.
A ua uka horse with Alexis, fishing with Roger (Karen thank you for the tips)
A louse ua tour with jerome (too theoretical)
A Nuku Iva Thierry fishing excursion with Richard
Tubuai meeting with superb sculptor Jacob M Bataillard
6) course which we recommend Tahiti and her islands to everyone

7) I have already answered it seems to me otherwise I'll write a novel.
8) of course I authorize to use my comments
But according to the guest rooms, it seems that few agencies are moving to meet them unfortunately.
Soon may be new adventures
Fred thank you
Isa and François

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