Rangiroa atoll is known to be the dream destination for all scuba diving lovers. It is true that the aquatic fauna is very generous and diversified. However, Rangiroa is not juste about diving: other natural discoveries are possible. Without forgetting to take advantage of a life at the end of the world and its local population, authentic and whole. Between the immensity of the lagoon and the Pacific Ocean, it is also good to enjoy unforgettable landscapes. Here is our selection of the best things to do in Rangiroa during your stay.
1. A Drift Dive in The Tiputa Pass
Diving in Rangiroa remains the most important activity of any stay. Located between the two main villages of the atoll, the Tiputa pass is an exceptional site, where divers from all over the world meet. Entering the water at the beginning of the pass, you will take advantage of the incoming current to let yourself be carried away to meet the aquatic fauna. On the program, you will have the chance to see many dolphins, sharks or even rays. Sometimes curious, often fearful, these majestic animals will leave you with unforgettable memories.
With professional divers, you will cross the pass several times, where each time the natural spectacle is renewed. At the end of this drift dive, you will arrive in the Aquarium, an extraordinary site of life and excitement. Thousands of brightly colored tropical fish dance and twirl above a magnificent coral garden. If there is one dive you must do in Rangiroa, it is the Tiputa pass. Beginners can use the services of the diving centers on site to pass their first dive and improve their skills.
2. The Excursion to The Blue Lagoon
Rangiroa has not only one of the largest lagoons in the world, but also a secondary lagoon inside the main lagoon. The so-called Blue Lagoon is a natural wonder located at the other end of the atoll. On board a boat, you will cross the main lagoon until you lose sight of the inhabited lands. Once there, the beauty of the natural colors will overwhelm you. A small corner of paradise, finally quite immense but lost at the end of the world.
In its outer part, the Blue Lagoon is home to a multitude of tropical fish, many sharks, including large lemon sharks. On the other hand, where the waters are shallow, you can enjoy a swim and a snorkeling session. Indeed, it is in these clear waters that a nursery of black tip sharks has been established. To conclude your excursion, the organizers will not fail to celebrate the place with a Polynesian buffet.
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3. The Excursion to Reef Island
In the south of the atoll, opposite the inhabited areas, spectacular and mysterious coral structures rise out of the water. This fantastic landscape is the result of thousands of years of corrosion. It is a new natural wonder that takes the form of a dead city where petrified corals surround small pools perfect for swimming. And yet beware of the reefs: despite the erosion, they are extremely sharp. There is a delightful contrast between the warm and crystal clear waters on one side and the fantastic and threatening corals on the other. Nature is both delicate and hard.
A trip to Reef Island is worthwhile. It takes at least one hour by boat to cross the lagoon. However, the game is worth the candle as this devastated landscape seems to come straight from another world. This is definitely an atypical trip that you can only do in Rangiroa.
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4. Contemplate The Dolphins
Want to keep your feet on dry land and discover the aquatic fauna? It’s possible. From Ohotu Point in the village of Avatoru, you can watch dolphins leaping and playing in the Tiputa channel. Very playful, the cetaceans perform a daily aquatic ballet in the hollow of the waves. At sunset, it is from the terrace of a snack bar or a restaurant that you will appreciate the ever more spectacular jumps of the dolphins. It is an ideal moment for relaxation and contemplation.
Nearly sixty dolphins have taken up residence near the Tiputa pass. They are part of Rangiroa’s natural heritage. They are the pride of the population, which is mobilized around the Rangiroa Dolphin Association for the protection of cetaceans.
5. A Bike Ride on The Motu Avatoru
A bike ride on Rangiroa’s main motu is the best way to understand what it means to live at the end of the world. It is only about ten kilometers long on flat ground. From your hotel in Rangiroa and back, you will only need one hour. However, you will realize that this strip of land is only a few dozen meters wide and is wedged between the lagoon and the Pacific Ocean. You will also realize how special life on the atoll is and how it can only happen in harmony with nature.
But a bike ride will also allow you to observe the life of the village, its church and some shops. Perhaps you will stop at the Gauguin pearl farm. The owners regularly organize guided tours. And why not leave with one of these famous black pearls of international renown? A good souvenir of your stay on Rangiroa.
Lots to Do in Rangiroa and in Polynesia!
If scuba diving enthusiasts will enjoy this atoll at the end of the world, the others will do just as much. The excursions you can make in Rangiroa show that there is also so much more to discover. But this is only one step of your stay in French Polynesia. Which island will you visit next? The possible itineraries are many and varied: the archaeological remains of Raiatea, a game of golf in Moorea or simply a lonely beach in Maupiti. Contact us today so that we can plan your next trip to French Polynesia together.