Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort Island: Our Favorite Island
Tikehau is 220 miles north of Tahiti and less than an hour flight. It is a part of the Tuamotu Islands. Tikehau is known for its pink and white sand beaches. It has two islands and numerous Islets. Only about 500 Tahitians call this tranquil place home.
Activities to do on the Island
- Scuba Diving
- Canoe Breakfast
- Dinner under the stars
Where we stayed:
Pearl Beach Resort is an authentic Polynesian paradise. The resort is on a private Islet, it is a coral covered crown.
The airport is on the main Island of Tikehau and to get to the hotel you get a mini bus to the harbor and then take a boat shuttle to the private Islet. This can be organized prior to arrival via email with the hotel. It is about $80 per person return. Once on the private resort Island the only way back to the main land is by boat taxi which goes and returns 4 times per day.
At the hotel there is one restaurant, one bar and one little boutique shop. Visiting this Island hotel is a must if you want a piece of paradise. It is not the place to go if you are looking to eat at a different restaurant every night or looking for a party scene. This place is exactly what you see on Pinterest of a picture perfect relaxing vacation. It was extremely laid back and the staff were super friendly.
Food & Drink:
As mentioned there is only one restaurant where you have breakfast, lunch & dinner, saying this it sounds boring BUT it was absolutely amazing.
There were a lot of different varieties.
You can also get room service if you want to eat on your balcony with the lagoon views
The hotel offers some great included equipment for activities for guests such as kayaks, snorkels, fins, table-tennis, volleyball and a pool table.
There are also additional activity options for a fee which include Fishing, Scuba Diving, Snorkeling and Boat tours which can all be booked via the hotel.
We used the kayaks and kayaked around the lagoon for sunset, we used their snorkels as they were better than the ones we had brought with us and I went Scuba Diving with Top Dive which was organized via the hotel. It was very smooth to book and the hotel staff were really helpful.
(Just disappointed my GoPro formatted on the boat back to the hotel so all my Scuba Diving Videos and pictures were deleted)
Some Tips for Tikehau:
Bring plenty of sun cream, bug spray and after suncream/aloe vera as there is only one shop and you are paying roughly $30 for each of these items. I would pack multiple of these items as the sun is so strong you will fly through the bottles.
Stay in the premium Overwater Bungalows if you can, it was more expensive but worth every single penny, it was spectacular. We got upgraded on top of that to the ‘End of Pontoon’ Bungalow so try and request room 45.
If you stay in the Premium Overwater Bungalows you can get the Canoe Breakfast and this one was of the highlights of our whole trip. Two of the hotel staff arrive to your private stairway onto your balcony on an outrigger canoe dressed in authentic Polynesian outfits and set up a full private breakfast for you. They brought fruit, pastries, juices, toast, pancakes, eggs (fried, boiled, omelets) and more! It was incredible. It was roughly $120 and book via the hotel.