Rangiroa Atoll is one of the largest in the world. It is also famous for the incredible biodiversity of its aquatic life. Finally, it is one of the most accessible Tuamotu destinations from Tahiti. What is the best time to visit Rangiroa? Here are our recommendations.
Discovering Southern Summer in the Tuamotus
December to April is the wet season in the Tuamotu archipelago. Rainfall is more frequent, often sudden but relatively short compared to the Society Islands.
Best Time to Visit Rangiroa for Divers
The interest of coming to Rangiroa during the southern summer lies in diving, especially at the Tiputa pass. Underwater conditions are excellent with very good visibility.
From January to March, divers enjoy the presence of certain species such as rays, tiger sharks and especially the great hammerhead shark. However, during the rest of the year, you will rarely or never see them.
Diving in Rangiroa becomes epic and even intimate because the number of visitors on the atoll is relatively low. The tourist season only starts in mid-May, so you will feel like you have an atoll all to yourself.
A Wet Season But Quieter and Less Expensive
Activities in Rangiroa are closely linked to the natural elements. During the wet season, rainy and windy weather will make lagoon excursions difficult and uncomfortable. In other words, non-divers will find the time very long in case of repeated showers. Nevertheless, the ambient temperatures remain warm and pleasant.
For divers, this is the best time to visit Rangiroa. Fewer visitors means more availability in Rangiroa hotels. It also means a personalized welcome in the diving centers. Finally, inter-island flights have more seats available and ticket prices are considerably lower.
The Austral Winter May the Best Time to Visit Rangiroa
From May to November, the Tuamotu archipelago has a dry season and August and September are an ideal time to discover Rangiroa.
Discover Wonderful Excursions on The Lagoon
From May onwards, the weather conditions become less rainy and the temperatures are still warm. With a nice amount of sunshine, the weather lends itself perfectly to excursions on the Rangiroa lagoon.
It is especially between July and October that you can enjoy the beauty of one of the largest atolls in the world. The play of colors on the water and on the sand transforms the panorama into a magical landscape.
There are two excursions that are particularly interesting. The first one takes you to the Blue Lagoon, which is literally a lagoon in the lagoon. The second takes you to Reef Island, where volcanic rocks rise above the waves. These unforgettable experiences are best enjoyed on a day trip. You can book them online today. Simply follow the links below to get the full details about these must-do activities.
Visiting Rangiroa During the Tourist Season
Obviously, tourist traffic is highest during the dry season. The best accommodations in Rangiroa are often fully booked, and to take advantage of this, it is best to book your nights several months in advance. It is more expensive to go to Rangiroa when tourism is at its peak. Airline tickets and Air Tahiti passes are 20% more expensive for non-resident visitors.
Nevertheless, it is worth it and there is a lot of things to do in Rangiroa. You can also enjoy the local cultural life. Every September, Rangiroa is decked out in its finest colors for the Farerei Haga festivities.
Choose Your Best Time to Visit Rangiroa
Each season on Rangiroa has its advantages and, whatever one may say, the wet season is much less rainy than in Tahiti. Depending on your expectations, you will find the period that suits you best.
Head to the other Polynesian islands: discover the va’a in Moorea, explore the temples in Raiatea and of course the beauty of the lagoon in Bora Bora. Contact us today to organize your stay in French Polynesia.