Tikehau is an atoll in French Polynesia.
Internet and phone
There is mobile phone reception on the island but there is no mobile data, even if you have a local Sim card. Your hotel may have wifi but it is intermittent and slow. You will only be able to get email and WhatsApp messages.
You should bring everything you need with you from Tahiti. All of the food is incredibly expensive and of low quality. Remember sun screen and mosquito spray. You can NOT purchase or rent snorkeling equipment on the island.
Ensure you bring cash. The locals do not use card payments for anything.
You should be at the airport 1 hour before you're flight to check in but then you can go to the beach. There is no wifi at the airport.
Everyone will pick you up if you put your thumb out but there are very few cars and people.
Some places may provide bicycles.
Kayacking: Some hotels have kayaks that there clients can use. Please note that they will not rent them to people who arnt guests even if offered money.
Snorkeling Snorkeling in the lagoon is completely safe. There are black tip reef sharks but they are very docile and not at all dangerous. Note: do not expect your guest house to have snorkeling gear. You must bring your own. You can not buy it and even the dive centres will not rent it to you.
Diving. There are 2 dive centres on the island. One is just north of the manta rai club and the other is next to the larger of the two shops. Note: if you will be diving on other islands you can book a multi pass through "Top Dive" who have a link with the dive centre on Tikehau to allow you to dive here even though there is no top dive centre on the island.
There are only 2 shops on the island. There are no bars or restaurants.
The larger is called Magasin Henriette. It closes at 1800 most days. The selection here is limited but the following items are available. Chicken, burgers (in the freezer) Ice creams Packets of cheese 300xpf Eggs Soft drinks Wine (starting at 2300xpf per bottle) Flip flops/sandals Uht milk Cerial (limited selection) Pasta Rice Tinned fruit Jam Cake mixture Sweets Tobacco/cigarettes Car parts such as WD-40
Next door (approx 30 meters north) there is also a patisserie where you can buy baguettes and donuts.
The smaller shop is located around 800 meters further North along the same road as the larger shop. The selection here is extremely small.
There are no restaurants on the island. Most of the hotels will cook for guests but they will not serve people who are not staying with them even when offered money.
The only places to buy food are the magasines (see buy section).
There are no bars or clubs on the island whatsoever. Beer and wine can be bought from the shops but are very expensive (a bottle of wine is 2300xpf).
There is a marina where you can dock your boat just north of the main shop (Magasin Henriette). It is located at -15.1147733 S, -148.2412877 W. Water is available to fill your tank.
Camping is possible at the coconut beach pension at the north of the island. The view is great but the kitchen is very basic. The cost is 2000xpf (£15) per night. There is a working shower and loo. Note there is no bedding or mattress provided for campers. There is wifi but it is very slow and intermittent. Emails and WhatsApp messages only.