Tubuai is the largest island of this archipelago and hosts the main public and economic services for this island group. Its reef is scattered with an abundance of fine sand motu plus coral and volcanic rocks. The huge lagoon, nearly twice as large as the island itself, offers 85 km2 of pure aquatic fun! Add to this a blend of endless white and pale orange sand beaches. The mix is tropical. The mild climate also makes these islands ideal for farming. Lilies are grown around the islands for export and can be seen in the fields as far as the eye can see.
The first explorers were struck by the island’s beauty. Wallis, then Cook towards the end of the 18th century, particularly liked the lush vegetation and crystal clear water of the island. However, it did not look appropriate for good anchorage given the large barrier reef around the coast. This disadvantage turned into an incredible advantage in the eyes of the famous mutinies of the Bounty. Led by Christian Fletcher, they tried, to no avail, to settle and built Fort George, which no longer exists.
The lagoon is untouched and is the home of many fish and crustaceans. Clams, lobster, crabs and sea cicadas can be found there. The water clarity and the amazing seabed, where colors offer a blend of turquoise and jade are the ideal place to dive. The size of the lagoon and the constant winds make Tubuai the perfect location for water activities.
Aside from amazing sand beaches (one can see up to 13 different shades of white!), eight motu circle the island, each has its own specificities for you to discover.
This tropical Eden features low mountains with one of their profiles similar to that of a lying man. Easy to hike, you will feel like a pioneer along these paths where wild orange trees will release their beautiful sweet scent along the way.
Numerous Pre-European archeological remnants can still be found around Tubuai. Most of them hide behind lush vegetation and seem to have been left behind but some of them are well looked after and are worth a visit. Let the local people tell you the stories of the marae and the island’s legends and delve into this unique authentic universe.