Mataiva, Tuamotu Islands

Mataiva is a coral atoll in the Tuamotu Archipelago. It is located in the Palliser group, and is the westernmost of the Tuamotus. The atoll's oval-shaped lagoon is almost completely surrounded by land. The lagoon is open to the sea at a break in the northwest, the site of Pahua, the only village.

The pass at Pahua is not navigable; the 110 m (360 ft.) concrete levee, which connects the two halves of the village, is the longest bridge in French Polynesia. A number of narrow passages along the south-central part of the reef are known as the "nine eyes". There are also several small islets located within the lagoon itself.

Mataiva is the setting for a number of legends and it is interesting for the visitor to visit the sites guided by a local inhabitant who can explain the ancient beliefs. In addition to the cultural aspects, the atoll is encircled by a series of lovely beaches.

Things to See & Do

* Papiro marae (archeological site)
* Bird Island
* Visit Pahua village
* Snorkelling
* Turtle Rock (Ofai Tau Noa)

General information

Cruise Season – Jan - Dec
Currency - CFP franc (XPF)
Language – French, Tahitian
Land Area – 25 km²
Population – 237 approx
Electricity – 2 round pins European style, two parallel flat pins Japanese style
Time - GMT minus 10 hours
International Country Telephone Code – + 689

Transport Links – Mataiva is serviced by Air Tahiti.

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