The second-largest atoll in the world, Rangiroa’s lagoon holds scores of divine scuba-diving hotspots. A hidden pearl amongst Tahiti and Her Islands, it is less than an hour’s flight from Fa’a, Papeete. It’s coral reefs, plentiful marine life and sheer tranquillity adds up to an unforgettable South Pacific holiday. Snorkelling, diving, kayaking, surfing… everything has a new benchmark in Rangi (as it’s affectionately called by locals!).
With more than 400 islets and motus, beautiful beaches and miles of glassy blue waters – sparking romance is never a problem here. Plus, the atoll is not yet become a major tourist attraction – so the pace of life is easy, couples can get oodles of privacy and only birdsong and waves punctuate the quiet.
The lagoon’s exotic marine life includes schools of hammerhead sharks, along with black-tip, lemon and grey reef sharks. Just let our experts know and we’ll book you adrenaline-pumping deep dives with sharks, barracudas, friendly dolphins and eagle rays.
Rangiroa is not your typical atoll. Consisting of 415 tiny islets to small islands, it is the second largest atoll in the world, covering area more than 1,400 square kilometres – forming a protected lagoon of dreamy magnificence. To provide a perspective, Rangiroa can hold the entirety of Tahiti within its borders, yet only 80 square kilometres of it are above water! The rest of Rangiroa holds an amazing marine diaspora, a diver’s earthly delight.
This island paradise in the Tuamotus is well-connected to the outside world, with two to three flights daily from Fa’a Airport in Papeete. Rangiroa, in the Tuamotuan language means ‘endless skies’. This is because the atolls and islets aren’t volcanic, therefore there are no hills. In their place are sand bars of such white intensity that it has often been described as white frosting on a pale blue layer cake. At low tides, travellers can often walk across the sand bars to other islets or ‘motus’. The lagoon is no deeper than 10 metres, so the shallows and deeps make for unbelievable palette of blues inside the archipelago.
Despite being off the beaten path, Rangiroa has plenty of choice when it comes to hotels and resorts. For a quaint Polynesian home-like atmosphere, check out our Pensions and Motels in Avatoru, the main town in Rangiroa. Stepping up the luxe factor, the atoll has superb overwater bungalows at the Kia Ora Le Sauvage, where travellers can live in true island-style. The Le Maitai Rangiroa and Motu Teta also offer international levels of comfort and amenities, the latter situated on its own private island.
When talking about activities and entertainment, there is no big city-like nightlife in Rangiroa. But what the atoll has in spades – is diving and water-based recreation. Drift dives at Tiputa Pass will see travellers ‘flying’ over vast swathes of multi-coloured coral gardens, some of them thousands of years old. Snorkellers in Moana-Uri will play with pods of wild dolphins, sea turtles and gentle manta rays, while our South Pacific Specialist can sign adventure-lovers for shark dives with hammerheads, black-tips and grey reef sharks. Out of the water, we would recommend couples to visit Les Sables Roses, where the pink sand beach is perfect for a lazy picnic. At Rangiroa, finding a deserted island is just a matter of kayaking away in any direction.
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