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The second most eastern atoll of French Polynesia

Marutea Sud

Marutea Sud...the end of the end of the world...

Tuamotu atolls

Located a 3-hour flight from Tahiti and only accessible by private jet, Marutea Sud is the second most easterly island in French Polynesia, last stop before the great expanse of the South Pacific. This island of the end of the end of the world, well off any established navigation routes and just a few nautical miles from Pitcairn Island hosts the most prestigious pearl farm in French Polynesia, source of the most beautiful gems found in Robert Wan’s acclaimed collection. An insiders’ tour, conducted by the passionate and perfectionist artists that work there, keen to share their knowledge and explain the steps necessary to create the perfect pearl. The island’s population is concentrated in the village of Vaitutaki, where the live and work with respect for the environment, in a timeless haven of peace. Marutea Sud’s lagoon, with its clear turquoise waters, is encircled by small coral islets, called « motu », each in turn bordered with white-sand beaches and framed by coconut groves. Marutea Sud is a hidden gem in the Tuamotu archipelago, today offering visitors from around the world an opportunity to discover its riches in utter privacy.

PRecious PINCTADA MARGARITIFERA

In nature, pearl oysters attach themselves to corals and prosper in lagoon waters, refreshed by the tides. If a grain of sand slips into the shell, by accident, something strange and wonderful happens; the oyster covers the tiny grain of sand in layer upon layer of mother-of-pearl or aragonite. From this chance event is born a fine natural pearl. But, the natural phenomenon is very rare, too rare…. You must open between 10 and 15 000 oysters to find just one natural pearl. In the 1960s a grafting technique was introduced from Japan and refined in French Polynesia. Instead of a grain of sand, a nucleus (a small marble of freshwater bivalve) is placed inside the shell of the Pinctada margaritifera oyster, as well as a graft, a small piece of tissue from a donor shell. Several months later, the alchemy having worked its magic, a cultured pearl is born.

 

Highlights
  • The second most eastern atoll of French Polynesia
  • A rich and preserved biodiversity
  • Immersion in a pollution-free environment
  • A lagoon of a pure beauty
  • Encounter with a population deeply connected to the nature and the ocean