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The Austral Islands of French Polynesia consist of the Tubuai Islands and the Bass Islands.


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Tubuai Islands[edit]

The Tubuai Islands are the northwesternmost part of the Austral Islands, and they consist of:

  • 1 Iles Maria Îles Maria on Wikipedia — an uninhabited atoll.
  • 2 Raivavae Raivavae on Wikipedia — (900 pop.), considered one of the most beautiful islands in the world.
  • 3 Rimatara Rimatara on Wikipedia — (750 p), the smallest by land area.
  • 4 Rurutu Rurutu on Wikipedia — (2,000 p), the second largest of the Austral Islands, with some interesting maraes.
  • 5 Tubuai Tubuai on Wikipedia — (2,000 p), the main island of the Australs, with the main airport.

Bass Islands[edit]

The Bass Islands are southeast of the Tubuai Islands, and they consist of:

  • 6 Rapa Iti — population 500.
  • 7 Marotiri Marotiri on Wikipedia island — four small, volcanic, uninhabited islands.



The Austral Islands are the southernmost group in French Polynesia.

Get in[edit]


Air Tahiti provides non-stop and one-stop service from Papeete to Rurutu four days a week, Tubuai five days a week, and Raivavae three days a week. Non-stop flight time is 01:30 to Rurutu, 01:40 to Tubuai, and 01:50 to Raivavae. Air Tahiti also provides connecting services from Rurutu to Tubuai two days a week and further service from each island to Raivavae one day a week.

For the rich, it is possible to travel to these islands by ship. The container/passenger ship Tuhaa Pae IV makes 2-3 trips per month from Papeete to Raivavae, Rimatara, Rurutu and Tubuai. Contact Patrice Colombani at or by phone on (689) 40413606. Prices range from US$1,900-2,400 per person (depending on type of cabin) with discounts for children.

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