French Polynesia

Taravai had a population of 2000 when the missionaries arrived, but today only about five people live here. The 1868 Église Saint-Gabriel (Church of St Gabriel), with its gorgeous shell decoration, is well maintained and has a picturesque arch that welcomes you from the shore.

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