For the visitor,
the seclusion and serenity of Rangiroa brings an infinite
world of colors and sites to your senses.
- Discovery of some of the world’s best diving
- Exploration of the lagoon waters with 150-foot visibility
aboard a canoe, glass-bottomed boat, or while snorkeling
in the coral gardens and fish preserves.
- Enchantment from strolling within the charming and
- Enjoyment of touring one of the many working pearl
- Relaxation at the resorts hidden along one of the
Some of the most popular activities and sites
for visitors include:
Diving in the Atolls
To “shoot the pass” is to experience what
many have called “the world’s greatest adrenaline
rush!” Divers, snorkelers, and even those aboard
a glass-bottomed boat are carried in a rush of water
between the ocean and lagoon surrounded by seemingly
millions of fish. Outside the reefs is a breathtaking
array of large species along the walls of the drop-offs,
including squadrons of eagle rays and schools of sharks
Rangiroa's lagoon carries an astounding assortment of
marine life, which makes it a prime spot for snorkeling.
L'Ile aux Recifs Beach, Papiro Point and the Mahuta
area are all known for their superb snorkeling. However,
you don't have to go anywhere in particular to snorkel
on the atoll of Rangiroa. Just grab your mask and fins,
walk out the front door of your hotel and jump in!
Enjoy a day excursion to Rangiroa's nearby islets, explore
the lagoons, the Blue Lagoon, the bird sanctuary, or
to watch the dolphins frolicking at Tiputa Pass.
Pearl Farm Visits
Some of the most fantastic Tahitian Pearls are produced in the lagoon of Rangiroa. On the island, you can visit one of the largest pearl farms of French Polynesia. When visiting a pearl farm, you will have the opportunity to witness how the pearls are grafted and harvested, learning all the secrets of the cultivation of this mysterious gem.
Rangiroa boasts such an abundance of white sand, the
atoll can be described as one big beach. That said,
Rangiroa does have its share of officially-designated
beach areas. Blue Lagoon Motu is perhaps the most popular
of the beaches here. Tiputa Point has a wonderful vista
point that doubles as a picnic area, while L'ile Aux
Recifs is noted for its fossilized coral formations.
Avatoru and Tiputa
The majority of Rangiroa's residents live in these two
villages. Located on the western end of a string of
connected islands, Avatoru is where you'll find most
of the island's businesses, hotels, shops and banks.
Rangiroa's airport is also located here. Tiputa is a
45-minute boat ride from Avatoru. Though both communities
boast a similar number of government agencies, Tiputa
is the main administrative community, with an infirmary,
post office and town hall.
Other Activities include:
- Deep Sea Fishing
- Water skiing
Guided or self-guided itineraries including these
and other sites
can be reserved or planned by your travel arranger before
you travel or at the activities desk of your resort
or cruise ship.