It’s only $520 per night in the off season!

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Tikehau, Tuamotu, French Polynesia

Due to their unique design, Coral atolls are ideal for watersports where you want lots of wind and little waves.  As this was our last real chance to play in a wide-open lagoon without a lot of traffic or other people around, both Allan and Greg made it a point to enjoy themselves to the fullest.  Allan, being obsessive about the whole wind-power thing, went windsurfing.  Greg was more…unorthodox…in his choice of recreation.

Perhaps you noticed the pier and what appeared to be bungalows in the background of the video?  That is in fact a resort hotel that you can stay at on the island of Tikehau.  Pretty easy to find, just Google “Tikehau + hotel.”  It’s not as if there are a lot of choices on the island.  Just a little caveat that off season prices for their cheapest room start at $520 US per night.   That does not include airfare or transport to the hotel, mind you.  With the nearest airport being on the next island over, you may want to plan ahead on your connection.  Drinks also are extra and about $20 US at the bar.

When we see things like that it gives us pause for a moment to appreciate what we are doing.  Right now we are on an island that people pay thousands, if not tens of thousands of dollars just to spend a few days on.  It’s just one of the places we’ve seen and that you have enjoyed along with us on this blog.  We are very grateful to have this opportunity and we are now convinced that sailing is, without a doubt the best way to see the South Pacific islands.

When starting at $520 a night you expect a seriously awesome experience and being as this atoll has no major attractions aside from the sun, ocean, motu and the lagoon, well, needless to say the snorkeling and diving should be spectacular.  It was:

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8 Responses to It’s only $520 per night in the off season!

  1. Michael Lockridge says:

    Did you study fish types on your trans-pacific trip too, or was “sea animals” an Academy class?

    Which ones make for good eatting?

    Every snorkling video I watch of yours make me think of “Finding Nemo,” and I start wondering who is the daddy fish and who is the child fish.

    • I love it, maybe after the America’s I too will get out there.

    • Greg Norte says:


      Tiffany has a frightening repository of knowledge of sea life. Like savant level. Seriously. I know jack squat.

      No eating the reef fish. They make you sick. Except for parrot fish, sometimes. Not really sure when.

      Not my fault you have babies on the brain 😉

    • Tiffany says:

      I love to know what the fish are, so I ask people and I look them up in the fish books we’ve had onboard :) Unfortunately for you, pretty much all of the ones featured in our videos so far aren’t really edible – with the exception of the parrot fish!

      Whenever I see the Moorish Idols, I think “Hey look, it’s Gill!”…

  2. Erica says:

    LOVE this idea guys! Just subscribed to your blog via email. The one time I spent on a catamaran I fell in love with being on the sea and this is definitely something I would want to look into further as hubby and I are about to embark on a RTW trip! <3

    • Greg Norte says:


      welcome to the club and best of luck on your own journey! If you’re thinking about traveling without paying for hotels or flights, crewing is the way to go! Check out our “how to crew page” and feel free to ask us any questions. We love to help.

    • Tiffany says:

      Thanks Erica! We’ve been having a great trip, and definitely recommend getting out here!

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