In addition to being the most touristic island in the Austral Island range, Rurutu is also becoming a place known across the world as a breeding ground for humpback whales. It is possible to spot and swim with a number of them only 30ft from the shore due to the gentle lagoons that surround the island, which is surely one of the most memorable experiences of a lifetime.
The island is unique in the archipelago due to it being essentially a large coral reef that was raised from the water by an underwater land collision. This has led to the island being abundant with life and possessing glorious, soft white sand beaches. Rurutu also has many sharp ridges and caves to explore which are remarkable for their contrast to the surrounding islands. There are a number of lodges and hotels now available on the island and although all of them are basic, they provide good value for money in this part of the world. One of the most favoured activities on the island is to take a trek up to the mountains and look down over the archipelago to the coffee plantations and avocado orchards, where the stunning vistas will stay with you forever.
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