Rangiroa “Long Sky”
Rangiroa or “Te Kokota” is the largest atoll in the Tuamotus and the 2nd largest in the world. Rangiroa translated means Far, Vast, or Long Sky. The atoll consists of about 250 islands, islands and sandbars, and its nearest atoll is Tikehau only 12 kilometers to the west. Although the name “Long Sky” applies, it is actually the vast endless turquoise lagoon that catches your eyes as you can look across to the endless horizon where you cannot even see the other side of the atoll in most places. There are approximately 100 narrow passes called hoa, in the fringing reef. The big island of Tahiti Nui & Iti would easily nest inside this protected sea within the South Pacific Ocean.
There are approximately 2500 inhabitants around the atoll. Tiputa village is found on the eastern end of the atoll & Avatoru is the main town located on the northwestern part of the atoll, both are situated at the 2 largest passes on the island, Tiputa Pass & Avatoru Pass. These passes are not only the entrance for shipping and local commerce, but they are famous for scuba diving and drift diving & snorkeling. From in the air when the tide is going out there is enough water traveling through the passes that it can appear as a river flowing into the ocean.
Rangiroa’s world famous lagoon is over 45 miles long and 16 miles wide and divers come from all over the world to visit some of the most spectacular marine life and underwater scenery on earth. The lagoon has the warmest and clearest water that divers dream of. Favorite excursions include shooting the pass or drift diving as some call it, where 100’s of varieties of fish, eels, sharks swim past you, swept along by the strong currents. Although many visitors come to Rangiroa for the diving, many come for the unsurpassed beauty and tranquility.
Rangiroa Hotels & Resorts
Rangiroa Island Activities
Rangiroa’s lagoon offers world class diving. The lagoon is like a huge inland sea which offers abundant marine life. Tiputa and Avatoru pass which are filled with fish moving from lagoon to the ocean and back are 2 main sites, but there are also submarine caves and the main lagoon itself which you may encounter surgeonfish, mullet, hump head wrasses, manta rays, leopard sharks, grey sharks, eagle rays, barracuda, turtles, pelagic sharks, and dolphin to list some. Between December and March, huge hammerheads gather in the area to mate outside the pass. Within the lagoon there 15 popular dive sites, and several dive centers with qualified dive masters. “Six Passengers” is one of the best.
This is one of the most unique opportunities to cruise within the lagoon for 3, 4, and 7 days with all inclusive food & beverage and activities. This private yacht style vessel has 20 staterooms and offers one of the best experiences in French Polynesia. Exclusive to Haumana is the fly fishing activity which they are famous for. Haumana is our special partner and is available year round at affordable prices. Ask our specialists for pricing.
The most popular lagoon trip is to the blue lagoon which is about an hour’s boat ride from the hotels. The Blue lagoon is a lagoon within a lagoon and is formed by a natural pool of crystal blue water on the edge of the reef.
Pink Sand Beach – Le Sable Rose
Pink Sand Beaches are about a 90 minute ride from the village of Avatoru and are at the southeastern end of the lagoon. The pink reflections in the sand have been caused by huge coral outcrops that formed over 4 million years ago. Swimming and snorkeling are amazing.
Gauguin’s Pearl Farm offers guided visits to their black pearl farm which is built over the lagoon. The guided tours operate Monday through Friday and the boutique is open daily.
Rangiroa Dining & Nightlife
Dining Choices are limited on this island, but each property caters to their own quests with a good selection of local produce and fresh caught fish. Island entertainment is generally scheduled for select nights at each hotel.
Hotel Kia Ora
This open air lagoon side restaurant is open for breakfast lunch and dinner. The dinner menu offers several different choices each night including fresh fish from the lagoon. Food is excellent here whether you are a hotel guest or want to come in from another hotel or pension. The restaurant offers a barbeque buffet on Wednesday and Saturday nights while a local style Polynesian dance show is performed. There is also an overwater bar and lounge which serves a wonderful array of exotic cocktails.
Le Kai Kai
The restaurant is located next door to Pension Martine. Guests are served on an outdoor terrace and choice include wonderful fish dishes, sashimi and shrimp curry. Le Kai Kai is open for lunch and dinner daily except Wednesday. Some cards are accepeted.
This restaurant is open daily except Wednesday. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. The restaurant offers a great selection of Chinese and local dishes as well as French cuisine. You can eat at restaurant or take out. Credit Cards are not accepted