Where are the Tuamotu Atolls?

November 22, 2011

The Tuamotu Atolls located in French Polynesia and are the remnants of ancient collapsed volcanoes and these coral atolls boast some of the most renowned snorkeling and scuba diving on earth. Expert divers refer to the magnificent coral filled lagoon as “God’s Aquarium”. This sheltered lagoon is home to dolphins, rays, and myriad colorful tropical fish. Nearby Fakarava is classified by UNESCO as a biosphere reserve as it is home to black sand beaches, a black pearl farm, and a variety of rare birds and plants.

Rangiroa
Rangiroa (rain-gee-roh-ah) is the largest atoll of the Tuamotu Archipelago, which comprises 78 coral atolls scattered over several hundred miles of the eastern Pacific Ocean.

Life on these remote atolls is simple, quiet and peaceful. In the small villages, the visitor can discover the true flavor of the Tuamotus, often participating in the daily activities of the Taumotu people. The interior lagoons are a haven for black pearl farms, fish breeding farms, snorkeling and scuba diving.

Rangiroa, referred to as “The Island of the Long Sky” is the largest atoll in the Southern Hemisphere, the second largest atoll in the world, and heralded as one of the world’s greatest dive destinations. It is an impressive sight viewed from the air with its string of 240 coral islets (motu) encircling a 400 square mile turquoise and jade-green lagoon.

Fakarava
Fakarava (fah-kah-rah-va) is an atoll in the west of the Tuamotu group in French Polynesia. It is the second largest of the Tuamotu atolls. Fakarava’s main village is called Rotoava.

Fakarava, “The Island of Dreams,” is the second largest atoll after Rangiroa. It is an untouched world with an ecosystem that is home to rare birds, plants, crustaceans and exceptional dive sites.

It was once the ancient capital of the region and the site of the first Catholic mission in the atolls built of coral in the 1870’s. The environment is so pure that the atoll is being considered for classification as a UNESCO nature reserve for the preservation of rare species.

Scuba diving and snorkle explorations are magical since many dive sites are virtually undiscovered.

If you would like more information or to plan a magical holiday to an amazing tropical island paradise, call us at 800 644-6659 or email Teresa@LuxuryHideaways.net today!

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Cheap Airfare to Hawaii-Start Packing your Bags!

November 19, 2011

Take Advantage of Low New Year’s Fares to the Hawaiian Islands! Plan an informative, active and fun trip for your family and spend a week this winter in paradise. Assign your kids to write a report on their educational adventures in Hawaii.

Oahu - There is only one Royal Palace on U.S. soil and its located on this island. ‘Iolani Palace entertained Heads of State, including Queen Elizabeth.  ’Iolani Palace, the official residence of Hawaii’s monarchy, is a marvel of opulence, innovation, and political intrigue. Meticulously restored to its former grandeur, this National Historic Landmark in downtown Honolulu tells of a time when their Majesties, King Kalakaua, who built it in 1882, and his sister and successor, Queen Lili‘uokalani, walked its celebrated halls.

After experiencing your educational walking tour, have you secretly wanted to visit surfers paradise out at Pipeline? The winter waves are the biggest and best of the year!

Maui - The islands of Maui, Molokai and Lanai create a “perfect craddle” for the Humpback Whales to frolick, play and birth their new baby calves.  How about taking your kids on a whale watch and view the Humpback whales teaching their baby calves how to breach?  Lets plan a cruise where they will be able to listen to whale songs through underwater hydrophones, watch mothers and calves interact and see males compete for females!

Hawaii - The volcanoes on the Big island of Hawaii are still erupting - this would make a great science report! The island called Hawaii is larger than all of the other islands combined, big enough to include 11 of the world’s 13 climactic zones—from sandy beaches to snowcapped mountains. Here you can experience accessible waterfalls and rainforests in Hilo or view Kilauea, one of the world’s most active volcanoes.

Kauai - The oldest and northernmost island in the Hawaiian chain is known for its dramatic, natural beauty. Adventure lovers, those seeking romantic locales, and family vacationers all can find what they are after in Kauai — from the spectacular sea cliffs on the North coast to the amazing Waimea Canyon.

Give your family the gift of travel this Christmas and yourself a little soul-rejuvenating vacation this year? The mild climate and relaxed lifestyle make winter a wonderful time to visit Hawaii.

With Hawaiian Airs’ special low fares, you can enjoy an Island adventure to kick 2012 off with a dose of aloha spirit.

Booking Period - 11/14 - 11/21/2011
Hawaii Flights from $298* RT

These are just a few ideas - give us a call for more ideas as we know the islands best!  Call 800 644-6659 or Teresa@LuxuryHideaways.net

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