THE END OF THE WORLD BECOMES ACCESSIBLE
From its ancient history, the island has retained only the most useful infrastructure. Thus, the airstrip built by the first owner was redesigned in 2003 by the Government. Its dimensions were increased from 730 to 900 metres in length and 12 to 23 meters in width. Such dimensions are adapted to a tourist exploitation of the island, both regarding transport of passengers and logistics: special or regular refuelling. It was also in 2003 that the Government created a passage (a channel) in the north of the island. This channel did not alter the ecosystem of the atoll as it was already open onto the ocean through several hoas, shallow channels. This 10 metre-deep by 10 metre-wide channel already makes it possible for yachts to pass but it can be developed in order to accommodate larger boats. These developments that are already compliant with international standards place this preserved atoll at one hour flight from Papeete and a few minutes from Bora Bora, its famous neighbour.