The Beaches Beyond
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.