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The Gambier Archipelago

Getting there & around

The Gambier Archipelago is around 1700km southeast of Tahiti.

Air Tahiti (97 82 65; Rikitea; 8am-2pm Mon & Fri, 8-10am Wed) flies to the Gambier Archipelago once a week. A return flight costs 56, 000 CFP and takes about 3½ hours. During the school holidays a second weekly flight is added, usually via Hao.

From Tahiti the cargo ships Nuku Hau and Taporo V sail via the eastern Tuamotus to the Gambier Archipelago every three weeks or so.

The airport is on Motu Totegegie, on the northeastern side of the lagoon. A communal ferry from Mangareva meets every flight; the journey takes 45 minutes and costs 500 CFP.

Pension owners can organise island tours by boat and visits to the major sites. On Mangareva there is a small network of walking tracks. It's possible to bike around the island but parts are very steep.