Tuamotu Islands

Rangiroa

Rangiroa is the capital of the Tuamotu Islands, and the most populated island in the archipelago. Its lagoon could contain the whole island of Tahiti within. It is the largest lagoon in the Tuamotu Islands, and the second largest in the world.

 
As it is the case with most coral atolls in French Polynesia (and the rest of the world), Rangiroa is a true atural aquarium, where there are plenty more of things to do and see in the water than on land. In its reefs' passes we can find millions of fishes and three or four kinds of sharks which will surely swim around us elegantly, yet harmlessly. Still they will probably surprise the unwary tourist. There are also a variety of land-based activities to fill the visitor's offer.
 
As an additional fun fact, Rangiroa is home to the world's only coral winery. Its name is Vin de Tahiti, whose vineyards are located in this atoll, and it produces tropical varietals (mainly white grapes). Without a doubt, one of the most exotic wines in the planet.

Diving

Rangiroa is the largest atoll in the Southern Hemisphere and the second largest in the world. It is located 350 kilometers (217 miles) northeast of Tahiti. Rangiroa's lagoon is world famous for unsurpassed diving, offering exceptional dives to view an underwater ...

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General Information

Rangiroa

Rangiroa is the capital of the Tuamotu Islands, and the most populated island in the archipelago. Its lagoon could contain the whole island of Tahiti within. It is the largest lagoon in the Tuamotu Islands, and the second largest in the world.

 
As it is the case with most coral atolls in French Polynesia (and the rest of the world), Rangiroa is a true atural aquarium, where there are plenty more of things to do and see in the water than on land. In its reefs' passes we can find millions of fishes and three or four kinds of sharks which will surely swim around us elegantly, yet harmlessly. Still they will probably surprise the unwary tourist. There are also a variety of land-based activities to fill the visitor's offer.
 
As an additional fun fact, Rangiroa is home to the world's only coral winery. Its name is Vin de Tahiti, whose vineyards are located in this atoll, and it produces tropical varietals (mainly white grapes). Without a doubt, one of the most exotic wines in the planet.

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Activities in Rangiroa

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Diving on Rangiroa

Rangiroa is the largest atoll in the Southern Hemisphere and the second largest in the world. It is located 350 kilometers (217 miles) northeast of Tahiti. Rangiroa's lagoon is world famous for unsurpassed diving, offering exceptional dives to view an underwater world of manta rays, hammerhead sharks, etc. All the main diving spots in Rangiroa are located near the head villages of Avatoru and Tiputa (each with their own pass). However, some guides can be hired to go to the opposite side of the atoll to see new and nearly undiscovered underwater paradises.

DIVING SPOTS

The Small Pass:
Equipped with waterproof flashlights, anyone here will be able to enjoy one of the richest varieties of colors in underwater Polynesia . This holds true for fauna that is both moving and still.

Mahuta:
Near the lagoon exit of the Avatoru Pass lies this series of underwater canyons and valleys, a traditional fishing spot great for those wanting to feed fish.

The Avatoru Pass:
The broken hillsides (filled with coral debris) remind the people of disaster movies. The 1983 cyclones that harassed the island left this particular underwater landscape for all to see.

The Papiro Point:
This area is located continuing the great Motu Papiro's peninsula under the water until the great plateau is found. This easily accessible spot is ideal for those who practice apnea diving.

The Sharks' Cave:
Drift dive towards the lagoon, on the left verge of the Tiputa Pass. In season, even the underwater giants of Rangiroa, the frightening hammerhead sharks, can be seen here.

The Valley:
In the entrance to the Tiputa Pass, this is another great site for hammerheads sighting on season. In Polynesia, this species is not considered dangerous, as it is fully fed, reason why there are not regrettable incidents with them in these diving spots.

The Wind Turbine:
Drop facing Tiputa village's wind turbine. It's particular environment makes this place frequented by dolphins, which will probably approach divers as they plunge into the water.

The Aquarium:
Good place for a first dive, filled with different kinds of surgeonfish, squirrelfish, seajacks and unicornfish. Near the lagoon-end of the Tiputa Pass. The bottom is not very deep, and visibility is quite good.

The Hammerheads' Plateau:
In the ocean-side of the Tiputa Pass, from November to April these kings of the sea can be seen here. Plus, both sides of the pass (left and right) are also within reach, and they have very particular characteristics which make them unable to be missed, like not only the fauna but also the coralline constructions (headlands, grottoes and canyons).

Blue Lagoon:
Located in the far end of the lagoon, it takes an hour by boat to get there. Once in the spot, there's a "lagoon inside the lagoon" which will amaze anyone. It makes supposedly the photographers' nirvana, for its colors and varied fauna species.

Diving clubs

Raie Manta Club

The first diving club in all of French Polynesia, founded by famous diver and photographer Yves Lefevre. It has worked with Cousteau, Besson and other marine life filmmakers. It has another diving center in Tikehau.

http://www.raiemantaclub.com/

Rangiroa Diving Center

Specializing in diving with dolphins, it is the first GREENDIVE certified center in Polynesia.

https://www.rangiroadivingcenter.com

Rangiroa Plongée

Established in 2008, it specializes in catering for small diving groups and tailor-made immersions.

https://www.scubadivingrangiroa.com

The Six Passengers

Located near the Kia Ora hotel, it's one of the most traditional diving clubs in the island, and offers a huge variety of options in diving excursions. Part of the Te Moana diving clubs alliance, whose members are spread out throughout all of French Polynesia.

https://www.the6passengers.com

TOPDive

TOPDive has two centers in Rangiroa: one in Kia Ora hotel and the other one in Repo Repo beach. TOPDive counts with center in 6 islands all throughout Polynesia.

https://topdive.com

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