Mataiva is one of the lesser known atolls of the islands of Tahiti located northwest of the Tuamotu Archipelago. Nine channels line the coral reef, hence the name Mataiva means “9 eyes”. Its reticulated lagoon (an extremely rare geological feature) is completely unique in French Polynesia. A fishermen's haven for some, and a dream beach destination for others. Here are five top reasons you should visit Mataiva:
Unique lagoon, separated into several basins, offering dazzling shades of blue and green.
Natural tropical aquarium.
Traditional and relaxed lifestyle.
Full of History and legends.
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