Ahe On The Route Of The Navigators
Located between Rangiroa and Manihi, the Ahe atoll is slowly being discovered by visitors searching for authenticity. Up to date with technology, today Ahe has claimed its place among the leaders in the pearl farming industry.
Direct from the lagoon, the pearls of Ahe draw their strength from their tints and exceptional reflections. Scattered all around the atoll, pearl farms are open for guided visits complete with grafting demonstrations.
The 70-meter-deep lagoon opens up to the ocean at only one pass, Tiareroa. All around this pass or along the numerous coral drop-offs, you can observe diverse species of sharks, rays, turtles, napoleon fish, groupers, barracudas …
In the 70’s, the navigator, Bernard Moitessier, stayed there to become integrated into the peaceful Paumotu way of life. During the trade wind season, Ahe becomes a mythical stopping point for sailboats coming from the Marquesas.
Preserved by the local population careful about protecting their natural surroundings, the Motu Manu (Bird Island) shelters a simplistic forest, populated by a large variety of sea birds. The Ahe atoll is a great stop over point off the beaten paths of tourists and just perfect for nature lovers.