Rangiroa is the largest of the Tuamotu atolls. A lagoon 50 miles long
and 15 wide is encircled by thin strings of islands that are never more
than 300 yards wide. Beautiful beaches flank the islands on both the ocean
and lagoon sides, offering a protective barrier from storms. Palm trees
are the prerequisite plants that round off the whole ensemble to make
Rangiroa, as with all of the Tuamotus, one of the most exquisite islands
in the world.
Located in the northeast of the atoll are the two main villages are called
Avatoru & Tiputa; separated by 8 miles of island, beach and coral reef,
they lie close to two passes that offer the majority of the sites that
make diving in Rangiroa so exciting. Avatoru Pass lies to the west of
Avatoru village, and leads into the lagoon either side of a small island.
Here can be found 4 dive sites, details of which can be found in the Dive
Sites page. Tiputa Pass offers no less than 6 individual dive sites.
Here you will meet an assortment of large pelagics including manta rays,
particularly in July & August, leopard rays, that school between November
& March, Napoleon wrasse, schools of barracuda, jacks & tuna, dolphins,
turtles and a variety of sharks including grey reef, silky, silvertip,
blacktip & whitetip, lemon sharks and, if you are lucky, great hammerhead
or tiger sharks. On the local reefs you will find clownfish amongst anemones,
sweetlips, snapper, fairy basslets, lionfish, leaf fish and a host of
other reef dwellers.
It does not matter what time of year you dive Rangiroa, you will always
find something that will blow your mind!
We offer a choice of two hotels in Rangiroa. For those who like a bit
- sorry, a lot! - of luxury, we recommend the Kia Ora Hotel. It may sound
like a fruit juice you get at the cinema, but that is where the similarity
ends! A stunning hotel of just 66 rooms, some built on stilts over the
shallow inner lagoon of Rangiroa, this hotel offers all the creature comforts
you would expect of a luxury tropical resort, with a touch of Gallic style
and elegance thrown in for good measure. Delicious food - French with
a hint of Polynesia (yum!) - will keep even the most well travelled foodie
busy; fresh seafood and local produce, imported wines and a waterside
setting will make any meal here a pure joy.
We also offer mid-level accommodation at the family run Pension Raira
KIA ORA HOTEL
The Kia Ora Village is located on the northern side of Rangiroa, half
a mile from Tiputa Pass. The resort nestles amongst coconut palms on the
lagoon side of the atoll, where the shallow waters are a stunning turquoise.
The highlight of a stay at the Kia Ora is the 10 Over Water Bungalows
that stand on stilts in the shallow lagoon, connected by a curved wooden
jetty to the shoreline. Each bungalow has a private deck area with steps
down into the lagoon, if you fancy a quick swim, day or night! A separate
lounge over looks a private sun terrace, and the rooms are equipped with
king-sized bed, air-conditioning & fan, mini bar, telephone, coffee &
tea making facilities and en suite bathroom. The whole ensemble is topped
off with a thatched roof. These rooms are the perfect place for honeymooners
or those looking for a romantic getaway!
Scattered along the shoreline are 25 beautiful beach bungalows built
in traditional Polynesian style, with thatched roofs and wooden frame.
A quick stride from your room and you are at the water's edge! Each room
has private sun terrace, separate lounge area, air-conditioning & fan,
mini bar, telephone, coffee & tea making facilities and en suite bathroom.
A king sized bed and sofa bed allows for up to 3 adults in each room.
A Step out onto your sun deck and enjoy your own private jacuzzi, where
you can relax in the warm bubbles and enjoy the sunset over the lagoon!
There are also 3 Prestige Beach Bungalows with 2 bedrooms, which are ideal
Finally there are 28 traditional thatched bungalows nestled in the gardens
of the hotel. Each is only a short stroll to the beach and has private
terrace, air-conditioning & fan, mini bar, telephone, coffee & tea making
facilities and en suite bathroom. 5 Garden Suite Bungalows have separate
lounge area and can accommodate up to 4 adults, 2 on the sofa bed, and
the remaining 23 come with bedroom and small included lounge and can accommodate
With a beautiful hotel you would not expect anything other than beautiful
food! The restaurant at the Kia Ora overlooks the lagoon, and is romantically
lit and laid out for intimate dining. The French chef mixes traditional
cuisine and local produce with French flair to create some of the most
tantalising food you could dream of! A pastry chef is there at your disposal
if you intend to widen your girth! And of course, being French Polynesia,
an extensive wine list is available for your delectation! On Wednesday
& Sunday evenings there is a barbecue buffet with a Polynesian dance show
and local music.
Close to the restaurant and built on stilts over the water is the hotel's
bar. The terrace has thick glass "windows" in the floor, so you can relax
with your favourite cocktail and watch the fish scurry about below. This
is a perfect place to watch the sun set across Rangiroa lagoon and reminisce
about the day's adventures!
If you fancy not diving, or are a non diver, then the hotel has tennis
courts, rackets & balls for use free of charge, snorkelling; deep-sea
fishing (marlin, tuna, wahoo, jacks, mahi-mahi); skippered boat rentals
for fishing trips and exploratory excursions; bicycle, scooter & car hire
and dolphin watching trips.
The Kahaia Lounge offers a variety of board games, a library, TV with
video & DVD and pool table. For the more energetic why not try your hand
against the French guests at one of their favourite national pastimes,
Petanque, a sort of bowls for the keen thrower!
The Kia Ora's own in house dive operation, Blue Dolphins, will whisk
you to the fabulous reef and pass dives of Rangiroa in comfort, on boats
that cater for small numbers of divers at a time. A full range of courses
and hire gear is available at the dive shop.
The Kia Ora is quite simply one of the most beautiful hotels in one of
the most beautiful locations in the world!
PENSION RAIRA LAGON
For those on a slightly limited budget we recommend the Pension Raira
Lagon; situated just 5 minutes from the village of Avaturo and set facing
the lagoon, this family run establishment offers 10 Polynesian style bungalows
with thatched roofs, terrace and private bathroom with hot water. Accommodation
is clean & simple and the service is friendly but limited in scope. Lunch
is not provided at the resort, but there are a number of restaurants within
a short stroll. Half board is included in the price.
If you are looking for air-conditioning, super-luxury accommodation
and 24-hour room service we would not recommend this hotel. But if you
are looking for a taste of the Polynesian lifestyle and a wonderful location
but can do away with the trappings of modern life, then it is a worthy