This is about as close as you can get to the ends of the earth. The most remote of the French Polynesian island groups, the Mangarava or Gambier Islands at the extreme southeast end of the long arc of the Tuamotu Islands. The few tourists that make it out this way rarely leave disappointed as this is a land filled with a surprising landscape of rocky peaks and clear lagoons, white sand beaches on isolated atolls and plenty of coral that has yet to be destroyed by civilization. Literally in the middle of nowhere, it is the ultimate Robinson Crusoe marooned on an island fantasy destination.
By Becca Blond, AFAR Local Expert