If you take a drive round the island of Mangareva you’ll come across an ancient convent, churches, a mausoleum and many other traces of the island’s past. In Rikitea, the main village, you can visit the magnificent Saint-Michel Cathedral which is a real treasure both inside and out. There are challenging hikes from Mount Duff to Mount Mokoto, with splendid views over the lagoon. Pearl farms cultivate pearls all round the island and the mother-of-pearl nacre is engraved and sculpted like nowhere else. So make room in your bags for some souvenirs!