Tahiti & French Polynesia - The Australs & the Gambier Archipelago (PDF Chapter)
This is the Australs & the Gambier Archipelago chapter from Lonely Planet’s Tahiti & French Polynesia guidebook.
The pristine Austral Islands are arguably French Polynesia’s most underrated destination. The climate here is temperate, but everything else befits a tropical paradise. Less history with Europeans and less influx from the outside world has preserved this islands’ culture.
- explore the surreal limestone cave of Ana Aeo on Rurutu
- motu-hop in the radiant Raivavae lagoon and picnic on idyllic Motu Piscine
- scale Mt Taita and feast your eyes on 360-degree views of the lagoon
- restaurants & accommodation
Coverage includes: The Australs, Rurutu, Tubuai, Raivavae, Rimatara, Taravai, Aukena, Akamarau, the Gambier Archipelago and Mangareva.