Atoll Lagoons

Best explored by boat, this watery landscape holds empty white- and pink-sand beaches, sea-bird nesting grounds and some of the best spots in the world to dive in with a mask and snorkel. Atolls are basically lagoons without the island and Tikehau is arguably the prettiest one in the country, with its scalloped bays and thriving pass. What little land mass there is peeks up only several metres above the surface and encircles lagoons so blue and thriving that high-island lagoons look meek in comparison.