Takapoto, French Polynesia

Takapoto, Tua-poto or Oura, is an atoll in the Tuamotu group in French Polynesia. A tiny island, part of the Tuamoto Archipelago, Takapoto offers a lagoon to swim and snorkel in. Locals farm black lip oysters for Black Pearls. Fakatopatere, the main village on Takapoto, is located at the southern end of the atoll.

Things to See and Do

* Pearl farm visit
* Village of Fakatopatere
* Remains of Takai marae
* Swimming & snorkelling in the lagoon

Cruise Season – Jan - Dec
Currency – CFP franc (XPF)
Language – French, Tahitian
Land Area – 120 km²
Population – 445 approx
Electricity – 2 angled flat pins and 1 round pin centred below Australian style
Time – GMT minus ten hours
International Country Telephone Code – + 689

Port Location – The port is located at the main village of Fakatopatere, at the southern end of the atoll.

Transport Links – There is an airport on Takapoto, located south of Fakatopatere.

Two cruise ships/luxury liners currently ply the islands: the Paul Gauguin, which does a regular 7-day trip around the Societies, with occasional trips out to the Tuamotus, Marquesas and Cook Islands; and the Tahitian Princess which does similar itineraries.

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