The Beaches Be­yond

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Or you can head to the far reaches of th­ese is­lands and take some true time out amid the pink sand Pal­liser Is­lands on the co­ral atoll of Tike­hau. The Tike­hau Pearl Beach Re­sort is a 55-minute flight from Papeete. Find only 24 suites and over­wa­ter bun­ga­lows there and not much else. All is quiet and slow. There is WiFi, such as it is, but it may be more in­ter­est­ing to lis­ten to fish leap­ing out of the la­goon in the moon light or to go snor­kel­ing in the shal­lows amid an­gels and puffers.

Visit Bird Is­land, a boat ride just across the wa­ters, to see how rare boo­bies, nod­dies and terns nest; have a pic­nic and a swim on a neigh­bor­ing is­land; ride a bi­cy­cle around the foot­paths of the central isle that fea­tures a vil­lage – only 400 lo­cal in­hab­i­tants re­side here. Quiet and de­com­pres­sion mark the days. Nightly rates hover around $600, not in­clud­ing meals and taxes.

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