The Austral Islands are known for the traditional art of weaving coconut and pandanus leaves into elaborate hats, purses, mats, and bags. Between July and November the ocean around the islands is also a home for whales. A number of stunning beaches are waiting to be explored.

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About the Austral Islands

General Information About the Austral Islands

The Austral Islands are the southernmost group of islands in French Polynesia, in the South Pacific. Geographically, they consist of two separate archipelagos, namely in the northwest the Tubuai Islands consisting of the Iles Maria, Rimatara, Rurutu, Tubuai Island proper and Raivavae and in the southeast the Bass Islands composed of the main island of Rapa Iti and the small Marotiri. The islands of Maria and Marotiri are not suitable for sustained habitation. Several of the islands have uninhabited islets or rocks off their coastlines. The capital of the Austral Islands administrative subdivision is Tubuai.

The islands are known for the traditional art of weaving coconut and pandanus leaves into elaborate hats, purses, mats, and bags. The ocean around the islands is also a home for whales from July to November.

Things to do in the Austral Islands

Beaches – Take in the local color at any of the various beaches scattered throughout the Australs.

Whale Watching – Whale watching excursions are offered seasonally.

Biking – With little traffic to speak of, the Australs provide a safe environment for cyclists. Though some hotels offer rentals, visitors are advised to bring their own bikes if possible.

Horseback Riding – Horseback excursions into the rugged interior of Rurutu are available. Inquire with the management at your lodging facility.

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