There are several beautiful sandy beaches around the island. A spectacular one is Araoa about 700 meters southwest of the airport terminal. As always around Mangaia, the lagoon is shallow, but at low tide you can wade out toward the north to a deep natural pool on the reef isolated from the ocean.
Another beach is near Ara Moana Bungalows, although the water is quite shallow. Four hundred meters southeast of this beach is an opening where freshwater from the interior comes out, resulting in a large natural pool on the reef called Vai-Nga-Tara where you can snorkel at low tide. You can also explore the watery tunnel in to about 50 meters, but you need a light.
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