Pearl Beach Resort
Manihi Atoll is 325 miles from Tahiti, has a lagoon 18 miles long and
4 wide. It's principle source of income is black pearl farming, and the
total population of 400 live in village of Turipaoa next to a reef pass
of the same name. Manihi is famous for the aggregations of mating grouper
that occur in July.
Manihi Pearl Beach
The Manihi Pearl Beach Resort is a 4-star hotel set on the lagoon shore
on the western side of Mahini Atoll. The resort blends traditional Polynesian
architecture and building materials such as local hardwoods, bamboo &
pandanus palms with modern touches such as mini bars and TV!
22 Beach Bungalows are spread along the palm-fringed shoreline and provide
access to the beach and the shallow waters of the lagoon. All the bungalows
have IDD telephones, mini-bars, ceiling fans, in-room safe, TV and coffee/tea
facilities. King size beds and an additional sofa bed cater for all sleeping
arrangements and there is a luxuriously appointed en suite bathroom with
shower. A private decked sun terrace with loungers gives unobstructed
views of the lagoon.
14 Over Water and 5 Premium Over Water Bungalows fan out at the end of
3 long pontoons that reach over the reef flat to where reef dips down
into the inner lagoon. Each has a glass "table" set in the floor
that allows you to admire the day to day life of the reef. A private sun
deck at room level has a curved stairway that leads down to the warm waters
of the lagoon. Why have a shower first thing in the morning when you can
go for a swim in Mahini lagoon?! All the Over Water Bungalows have the
same facilities as the Beach Bungalows, but are more capacious and with
a far grander setting!
The resort's Poe Rava Restaurant and terrace face the lagoon and are
a romantic setting in which to enjoy the delicious mixture of European
and Polynesian cuisine. The nearby Miki Miki Bar is the perfect place
to unwind and enjoy your favourite cocktail after a busy day's diving
or exploration! Imagine sipping a refreshing drink of exotic fruit juices
and rum (don't forget the umbrella!) while tucking into fresh sashimi
followed by roasted Tuna in coconut a crust with ginger sauce. Burp!
The resort also has a boutique selling a variety of everyday items and
souvenirs, and there is a dedicated shop selling black pearls, for which
Tahiti is so famous. Beware - they take credit cards!
The resort has a freshwater pool, located by the bar and close to the
beach, and has a selection of canoes & kayaks with which to explore
some of the nearby motu. The tour desk can arrange such activities
as fishing trips, visits to local villages and black pearl farms, island
tour and skippered boat rental.
The Manihi Pearl Beach Resort has its own in house dive operation Manihi
Blue Nui Diving, equipped with new dive gear and modern, fast dive boats.
Up to 3 dives a day are offered to Manihi's awesome reefs, drop-offs and
passes. July is a particularly excellent month for divers, as this is
when groupers congregate in their tens of thousands to mate along Manihi's
reefs. For divers who love manta rays, this is one of the places to come
in the world.