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Austral Islands | Land of Tradition

The Austral Islands are a collection of remote, untouched islands over 300 miles south of Tahiti atop the Tropic of Capricorn. This striking archipelago forms the southernmost part of French Polynesia and features volcanic mountains, sheer limestone cliffs, white sand beaches and intensely blue lagoons.

Beyond the varied and magnificent topography of these isles, this area is very well-known for the annual passage of humpback whales. Each July thru October, humpback whales migrate to the clear waters surrounding the island of Rurutu to mate and give birth. The remarkable visibility in the lagoon creates an unparalleled opportunity for avid whale watchers, snorkelers and divers alike. While some of the islands remain uninhabited to this day, Rurutu and Tubuai are among the main inhabited islands and house many archaeological sites, some hidden amongst lush vegetation and some well-kept, each a remnant of the islands' colorful history.

The Australs are known throughout French Polynesia for their artistry and craftsmanship in weaving pandanus and coconut leaves into hats, baskets and mats - a skill which has been carefully preserved and passed down through the generations.

The contrasting sceneries and the remote location of the Austral Islands are well-suited for travelers with an insatiable thirst for adventure, travelers who are constantly searching for the hidden corners of the Earth.