Islands for Sale in French Polynesia

Updated: January, 2023

Islands for sale in French Polynesia
Credit: Motu Tane Island | The Pinnacle List

French Polynesia is an overseas collectivity of France located in the southern Pacific Ocean. The territory comprises 118 islands, with the most well-known being Tahiti, Bora Bora, and Mo’orea. Many of the islands are privately owned and can be rented for exclusive use – some, however, are currently listed for sale on the real estate market.

Private islands can be bought as freehold properties, where the buyer has full ownership of the land, or leasehold, where ownership spans a set number of years and can later be renewed. The former is more common than the latter in French Polynesia.

These private islands offer luxurious accommodations and secluded beaches alongside a host of leisure activities – from snorkelling and diving to hiking and spa treatments. Such a combination of comfort and adventure makes French Polynesia so popular with honeymooners, celebrities, and other high-end travellers. Two of the most famous private estates and islands in French Polynesia include The Brando on Onetahi and Motu Tāne in Bora Bora.

The weather in French Polynesia is generally warm and tropical, which makes it an ideal destination for those looking to escape cold winters. The dry season from May to October is the best time to visit if seeking clear and sunny days on the beach.

5 Private Islands for Sale in French Polynesia

French Polynesia Private Islands in Numbers 
Private islands for sale: 5
Average island size: ~ 38,900 SQM (9.7 acres)
Average island price: ~ €19,300,000 (~$20,100,000)
Average island square meter price: ~ €104 (~$113)
Updated: January, 2023

1. Nengo Nengo Atoll (€50,000,000 / $54,500,000)


  • Location: Tuamotu
  • Size: 16,556 acres, 6,700 hectares
  • Description: 101km from shore, ~115km southwest of Hao, ~823km east of Papeete (French Polynesian capital)
  • Ownership: Freehold
  • See on Google Earth

Nengo Nengo is a private atoll located approximately 101 kilometres from its nearest neighbour, 115 kilometres southwest of the island of Hao, and 823 kilometres east of Papeete, the capital of French Polynesia. It is an uninhabited island with a total land area of nine square kilometres and a vast internal lagoon of 67 square kilometres.

The atoll not only displays an astonishing density of fish species but, for the last 20 years, has also been used as a breeding ground for Tahitian Black Pearls – a display of the area’s astonishing biodiversity.

Nengo Nengo is also one of the world’s few totally private atolls available for purchase. Basic infrastructure is established on the island, currently used to accommodate the resident pearl farming operation. A new owner could simultaneously expand the site’s aquaculture business and install new developments for alternate uses, such as an eco-resort or a private retreat.

Nengo Nengo Atoll is listed for sale here

2. Motu Tane Island ($39,000,000 / $42,500,000)


  • Location: Bora-Bora
  • Size: 9.6 acres, ~3.9 hectares
  • Description: 300m from shore, ~700m west of Bora Bora Airport, ~5km north of Bora-Bora commune
  • Ownership: Freehold
  • See on Google Earth

Motu Tane is an island of exceptional pedigree. Located within the Bora Bora archipelago, just 300 metres offshore from the main island, the idyllic property markets as an ideal destination for private luxury.

A property of natural and developed wealth, Tane boasts crystal clear waters, white-sanded beaches, lush green vegetation, and stunning tropical vistas. Here, residents can indulge in a range of activities, ranging from snorkelling, fishing, and water sports to beach leisure and nature walks. Motu Tane is surrounded by a stunning coral reef, which serves as an prime location for scuba diving and dolphin watching. The ~10-acre property also has a dense jungle complete with small streams and rivers running throughout – the foundations for a diverse ecosystem of indigenous wildlife.

These natural assets underpin Tane’s upscale developments: traditional Polynesian thatched-roof huts, beach bungalows, a library with museum-quality artefacts, a photography studio, a high-grade kitchen, and staff quarters. All buildings are flush with luxury furnishings.

With its stunning beaches, lush greenery, diverse wildlife, and premier developments, Motu Tanu is a paradise in waiting.

Motu Tane is listed for sale here

3. Motu Teta Rangiroa Island (€2,600,000 / $2,835,000)


  • Location: Rangiroa
  • Size: ~9.5 acres, ~3.8 hectares
  • Description: 10km from shore, ~43km southeast of Tiputa, ~48km south of Rangiroa Airport
  • Ownership: Freehold
  • See on Google Earth

A relaxing paradise with guaranteed peace and privacy – Motu Teta Rangiroa is a property of luxury and prestige. Surrounded by turquoise lagoons, the island offers some of the world’s best snorkelling and diving opportunities.

From the clear, shallow waters surrounding its shores to the vibrant coral reefs set beyond, there is no shortage of natural beauty on Motu Teta Rangiroa. Yet, views of the island from the encompassing lagoon alone are enough to imprint on anyone’s mind and capture their imagination.

In addition to its visual impact, Motu Teta Rangiroa is a popular spot for fishing, boating, kayaking, and other leisure activities.

Current facilities on the island comprise of residential bungalows, caretakers accommodations, and utility buildings – all serviced by utilities.

An ideal investment for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and enjoy the simple pleasures of an island paradise.

Motu Teta Rangiora is listed for sale here

4. Motu Moute Island (€771,000 / $841,000)


  • Location: Tahaa
  • Size: ~1.2 acres, ~0.5 hectares
  • Description: 3km from shore, ~17km north of Aéroport de Raiatea
  • Ownership: Freehold
  • See on Google Earth

Motu Moute, also known as Isla Ninas, is an island located three kilometres offshore from Taha’a – part of the Society Islands archipelago in French Polynesia.

Covering just over one acre, the island is a dream escape for seeking a highly-manageable and tranquil getaway. Surrounded by white sand beaches, crystal clear waters, and lush greenery, Motu Moute is a paradise that can only be accessed by boat. Flanked on both sides by larger islands, Ninas is also well-protected from prevailing winds – creating the ideal conditions for windsurfing, kiting, and open water fishing.

Explore stunning reefs, snorkel with tropical fish, and bathe in the South Pacific sun before watching it set over the horizon.

Motu Moute is listed for sale here

5. Anuanurunga Preserved Island (Price Upon Request)


  • Location: Tuamotu
  • Size: ~247 acres, 100 hectares
  • Description: 410km from shore, ~429km southeast of Anaa Airport, ~741km southeast of Papeete
  • Ownership: Freehold
  • See on Google Earth

Anuanurunga Preserved Island, or simply Anuanurunga, is a French Polynesian island that spans over 100 hectares. As the name suggests, the island is fully protected and managed by the its eponymous, indigenous owners.

The atoll is characterised by its stunning natural beauty, with pristine beaches, pure waters, mangroves and seagrass meadows, and dense thickets of indigenous vegetation. These fertile habitats create the foundation for a valuable ecosystem of land and marine life – while turtles use the shores as nesting grounds the surrounding reef is home to dolphins, stingrays, sharks, and an abundance of tropical fish.

Anuanurunga Preserved Island is a tropical sanctuary without parallel – a truly unprecedented opportunity for potential buyers. With its protected landscapes, diversity of wildlife, and world class diving opportunities, the property is an ideal place to escape the hustle of everyday life and reconnect with the natural world.

Anuanurunga Preserved Island is listed for sale here

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