DANCE WITH DOLPHINS
This atoll is recognized as one of the hotspots for exceptional underwater encounters due to its abundance of marine biodiversity. Each dive changes with the currents, and by extension, with the seasons and lunar cycles. Rangiroa is where you will have the best chance to observe, and even play with the dolphins. Plus, if you visit between February and April, the great hammerhead sharks will be in the area.
One of the greatest scuba diving destinations is its lagoon that’s encircled by 240 islets that string together for more than 110 miles (177 kms).
As soon as you enter the water of Tiputa’s Pass, you’ll notice the incredible clarity of the water. This dive spot is known for being a place for the sedentary wild bottlenose dolphins to congregate. Here they roam the Pass above a congregation of grey sharks.
Take the dive to observe a huge school of jacks who part into two groups to make way for the white-fin sharks (Carcharhinus albimarginatus), grey sharks, manta rays or even one of the giant napoleon fish that grace you with their presence.
There’s beauty all across this island from the incredible mythical blue lagoon right down to the pearls that grow just beneath the surface.
Take your pick at the amazing number of boat tour operators who are all too happy to help you explore the island’s mythical blue lagoon. Let yourself sit back, take in the sea breeze, and allow your worries to blow away across the tops of the waves.
Explore the Motus
Here you will find the world’s largest lagoon and it’s yours to discover. Choose to float across it or grab your snorkel and take a peek at the rich abundance of life in the sprawling reefs below.
Beauty isn’t just in the island’s landscape or its surrounding waters, but also in its pearls. Let us take you on a guided tour to see just how these precious shimmering orbs grow below the surface.
If you’re visiting more than one island in The Islands of Tahiti then fly with Air Tahiti. It offers a multi-flight pass that saves you time and money.
Fly from Papeete
You can take a direct 1-hour flight from Papeete to Rangiroa with Air Tahiti.
Ground transfers from the airport to the hotels are handled by the hotel groups or the individual hotels themselves. A minibus taxi is also available if you don’t have a reservation.
The recommended way to visit the interesting spots on Rangiroa is either by speedboat or outboard motorboat. This will allow you to get across the expansive waters of all the atolls.
TIKEHAU— SLIP THROUGH THE SCHOOLS OF FISH
Millions of fish of all different shapes, colors, and sizes roam its waters. So many in fact, that it impressed Jacques Cousteau’s research crew.
Raiatea— THE WRECK OF THE NORDBY
Raiatea is one of the most sacred island in the region. Its mountains are carpeted in greenery and its ocean passes make for quiet walks under the sea.
Rurutu— GLIDE WITH HUMPBACK WHALES
It’s here in Rurutu where whale lovers and researchers gather to see these majestic creatures head towards the coast to give birth.