Rurutu ~ Island of Whales (Austral Islands)
The cliffs and caves of Rurutu are legendary. Here you’ll find an untouched and mysterious land where the white sand clashes with the intense blue of the lagoon. Rurutu is off the beaten path offering a truly unique experience. The island is still home to many archeological remnants, bearing witness to a well organized pre-EUropean community of rich and cultural religious practices. Today, Rurutu is most famous for the humpback whales who make the yearly migration to mate or give birth in these warm waters from August-October.
Where is Rurutu?
Situated over 300 miles from Tahiti, you’ll take a 90min flight to get to Rurutu. Rurutu is part of the Austral Islands — which are the southernmost group of islands and as such, have a slightly cooler climate.
There are just a couple of small family run guesthouses on Rurutu. Our favorite is Le Manotel
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