Welcome to Makemo
Makemo is the place to go for unspoilt scuba diving. Scuba Makemo is run by a French instructor who’s been conducting dives in the Tuamotus for more than 20 years. The main dive site is Arikitamiro Pass, a mere five-minute boat ride from the village.
Above the water, Makemo will also take your breath away. At the eastern tip of the atoll, Pohue is an impossibly scenic natural site that looks like a huge glinting turquoise swimming pool. Another idyllic place is Motu Napahere, a deserted, white-beach clad islet that seems to be floating in the turquoise lagoon, a 30-minute boat ride away from the village. Oh, and there's Tiketike, a stunning beach lapped by topaz waters and backed by arching coconut trees. This magical spot is a mere 15-minute boat ride away from Pouheva.
You can stay at Relais Scuba Makemo, which is run by dive instructor Ludovic. Digs are in four lagoon-facing, en-suite (cold water) bungalows on the outskirts of the village. They are simply laid out but clean and inviting. You’ll eat with the family; meals are local-style and tasty. Lagoon tours cost about 5000 CFP per person. Airport transfers are included and kayaks are complimentary.
Tempted? Contact Air Tahiti, which has three weekly flights to Makemo (53,000 CFP return), or if you’re adventurous, embark on the Kura Ora II cargo ship.