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Mataiva
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Located 310km north of the island of Tahiti lies the atoll of Mataiva.
Mataiva is a natural marvel, located at the northwest end of the Tuamotu Archipelago.Mataiva means "nine-eyes island" because it has nine channels called hoa.

Mataiva is a natural aquarium and has a charming landscape. The atoll's oval-shaped lagoon is 5.3 km wide and 10 km long, and is almost completely surrounded by land. Mataiva has a unique look as when it was being formed the decaying coral in the lagoon became rocky formations between 50 and 300 metres wide, forming about 70 basins. The varying depth of these basins and the clear water gives the lagoon a dazzling blue and green geometric appearance when viewed from above. Quite a sight when you are flying in to land!

Aside from the rocky coral features, there are also several small islets located within the lagoon, covered with coconut palms, which act as a sanctuary and breeding ground for many rare maritime birds. Fishermen can indulge their passion while others will enjoy the tranquillity of the vast stretches of white sand bordering the crystal clear waters around the island.

Mataiva contains phosphate deposits estimated at several million tons, which remain untapped in accordance with the wishes of the local population. Now, most people are devoted to vanilla, fishing, copra and tourism through some guesthouses.

We love the splendours and uniqueness of the Mataiva lagoon and the warmth and simplicity of the locals.

Mataiva will suit those travellers looking for a relaxed, traditional getaway staying in local pensions, surrounded by a stunning palette of blues.


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