Rangiroa Atoll

Rangiroa Atoll, photo by DANIEL JULIE
Rangiroa Atoll (photo by DANIEL JULIE)
 

Rangiroa is the largest atoll in the Tuamotus, and one of the largest in the world.

It is located 218 mi NE of Papeete Tahiti, with daily connections.

Rangiroa includes an exceptional lagoon and passes which are good sites for scuba diving. The lagoon is known for its clear blue water and exceptionally diverse marine fauna.

Only two islands, located on the northern end of the atoll, are permanently inhabited. The chief town is Avatoru, located in the northwestern part of the atoll.

There are daily connections with Tahiti.

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Overall Atmosphere: Natural
A Natural Atmosphere includes a diverse range of destinations with outdoor-oriented features, including both water-based (beaches, rivers, lakes, etc) and land-based (mountains, forests, deserts, etc). It also includes specific outdoor activities, ranging from water adventuring (eg, kayaking, sailing) to land adventuring (eg, hiking, biking).

Natural Interests tend to be:
(a) outdoors-oriented, and therefore more dependent on weather conditions
(b) less easily accessible and more physically demanding than other destination categories.

In some cases (eg, rafting and climbing), this includes a significantly increased degree of adventure (or danger, depending on one's viewpoint).
Featuring mainly outdoors-oriented natural attractions.
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Offering a restaurant, a private rocky beach area and free WiFi, Miki Miki Lodge is located in Ohuto. All accommodation offers a patio. Guest enjoy a free continental breakfast of fruit, juice, coffee, tea and bread with homemade jam. Average score from 44 guest reviews: 9.2/10.

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Hotel Kia Ora Resort & Spa

Offering a spa centre and fitness centre, Hotel Kia Ora Resort & Spa is located in Avatoru, in the northwest part of the Rangiroa Region, which is a 1-hour flight from the islands of Tahiti or Bora Bora. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Average score from 46 guest reviews: 8.0/10.

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Maitai Rangiroa

Maitai Rangiroa is located between the villages of Avatoru and Tiputa, on one of the largest lagoons in the Southern Hemisphere. It is a 5-minute drive from the domestic airport, and an airport transfer is available at a cost. Average score from 44 guest reviews: 7.6/10.

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Pension Tamatuamai

The Pension Tamatuamai is located in Avatoru Ohotu 5-minutes from the city of the dolphins from where you can attend their incessant ballets. The property features free WiFi and free private parking on site. Average score from 51 guest reviews: 9.3/10.

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Hotel NameRooms FromGuest Rating
Pension Tamatuamai

Pension Tamatuamai

The Pension Tamatuamai is located in Avatoru Ohotu 5-minutes from the city of the dolphins from where you can attend their incessant ballets. The property features free WiFi and free private parking on site. Average score from 51 guest reviews: 9.3/10.

$54

 
$549.3
Miki Miki Lodge

Miki Miki Lodge

Offering a restaurant, a private rocky beach area and free WiFi, Miki Miki Lodge is located in Ohuto. All accommodation offers a patio. Guest enjoy a free continental breakfast of fruit, juice, coffee, tea and bread with homemade jam. Average score from 44 guest reviews: 9.2/10.

$165

 
$1659.2
Va'a i te Moana

Va'a i te Moana

Va'a i te Moana offers accommodation in Avatoru. It provides free private parking and a free shuttle service to various landmarks around the island. This accommodation provides a private bathroom with a shower. Average score from 28 guest reviews: 9.0/10.

$45

 
$459.0
Pension Aotera

Pension Aotera

Pension Aotera is situated on a small private island in Polynesia. Surrounded by 5 hectares of land, this eco-friendly property boasts solar-powered electricity, a white sandy beach and a restaurant. Average score from 28 guest reviews: 8.0/10.

$277 - $231

$2778.0
Hotel Kia Ora Resort & Spa

Hotel Kia Ora Resort & Spa

Offering a spa centre and fitness centre, Hotel Kia Ora Resort & Spa is located in Avatoru, in the northwest part of the Rangiroa Region, which is a 1-hour flight from the islands of Tahiti or Bora Bora. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Average score from 46 guest reviews: 8.0/10.

$527

 
$5278.0
Maitai Rangiroa

Maitai Rangiroa

Maitai Rangiroa is located between the villages of Avatoru and Tiputa, on one of the largest lagoons in the Southern Hemisphere. It is a 5-minute drive from the domestic airport, and an airport transfer is available at a cost. Average score from 44 guest reviews: 7.6/10.

$230 - $305

 
$2307.6

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Pearl Farming

Pearl farming is done in more than 30 atolls of French Polynesia and is the main activity for numerous families in the Tuamotu archipelago. Rangiroa is especially known for its “black pearls” (cultured pearls produced from the black lip pearl oyster shell). These pearls have a uniquely wide range of natural colors, from white to dark to exotic colors in the middle (eg, the green rose peacock).

In Rangiroa, the biggest farm, Gauguin's Pearl, employs dozens of local workers, with a strong impact on the economy (there are 2000 inhabitants living on the atoll). A school dedicated to the pearl farming techniques and a research center on pearl oysters are also implanted on the atoll of Rangiroa, which makes it a kind of pearl center for this industry.
Natural
Beaches
Diving
Rangiroa is a major underwater diving destination because of its lagoon's clear blue water and exceptionally diverse marine fauna. Depending on time of year and tide cycles, divers can see sharks, manta rays, green sea turtles, humphead wrasses, and many other species.

The most popular diving sites are the Blue Lagoon, Avatoru pass, Tiputa pass and Les Sables Roses ("The Pink Sands").
Snorkeling
Perhaps the best snorkeling site in the atoll is the Blue Lagoon -- a smaller lagoon formed on the southwestern edge of Rangiroa. It has shallow waters which are accentuated by the bright blue color of the water.

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