The island of Mangareva (floating mountain) is surrounded by a coral reef and possesses a splendid series of summits.
Mangareva offers a very pleasant climate which is favourable to the cultivation of coffee, oranges, water melons, litchis, etc. Temperatures can reach 12°C in July .
Mangareva has a thousand-colour lagoon, famous for its quality plankton and exploitation of its genuine perfect beautiful black pearls.
No hotel chain or small hotel is established in this part of the area, thus enabling a direct contact with the inhabitants called in the local dialect “Ma’areva”.
A charming family hotel “At Bianca’s & Benoît’s” located high up, offers a wonderful view of Rikitea, Gambiers’ administrative centre, of the bay and some pearl farms.
The host, Benoît likes to share his passion for his island. He will also suggest you a “Rau” fishing party, an ancestral method very rarely practised nowadays, and of which he is one of the last masters.
To merge with nature, Mangareva offers marked out paths for solo or group excursions. The amateurs of deepsea fishing or even line fishing will be in heaven.
The Saint-Michel cathedral in Rikitea, a majestic monument to be visited – was built in the middle of the 19th century from coral blocks. This church’s wonder lies in its altar, true masterpiece richly decorated with pearls and mother-of-pearl.
The Gambiers are under their best auspices during April and March thanks to a glossy sea, a radiant sun, and all that it is necessary for an unforgettable stay fill of memories and unique in emotions.