Hundreds of miles from the main Society Islands, along the Tropic of Capricorn, the five Austral Islands have remained relatively undeveloped and traditional, making this an ideal place to get an authentic feel for life in this idyllic part of the world. To really understand how locals live, check in to one of the family-owned lodges, pensions, and B&Bs. Or do a private homestay on Rurutu, Raivavae, or Tubai, where you’ll get to know your hosts and savor some homemade meals. These islands are also known for traditional arts like the weaving of coconut and pandanus leaves into purses, mats, bags, and hats.
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