A WORLD WHERE DRAMA AND SIMPLICITY SHARE THE SAME BREATH.
Rangiroa ("Rangi"), the most popular destination in the Tuamotu Islands, is one of the world's greatest dive destinations. Its fabled Blue Lagoon, nearly a sea within a sea at 78 kilometers long and 24 kilometers wide, attracts experienced divers and well as first-timers and snorkelers.
Rangiroa is surrounded by two legendary bodies of water, Moana-tea (Peaceful Ocean) and Moana-uri (Wild Ocean) and the main villages of Avatoru and Tiputa.
WHERE TO STAY
Located far across the lagoon from the main village on a remote and tiny motu is one of the world's most unique properties, the Kia Ora Sauvage, where guests are welcomed as family while they enjoy one of only five bungalows in a primitive, yet luxurious environment. This little piece of heaven sits on an all but deserted white sand motu - one hour by boat across the lagoon from the Kia Ora Village. Small and simple are the cardinal rules. Please note that the hotel is currently undergoing renovations which are expected to be completed in January of 2011.
Five enchanting bungalows provide accommodations for a total of 10 guests. Each thatched-roof bungalow has been hand-crafted from native wood, bamboo and palm. The bungalows have private facilities featuring gardens and showers. Avearahi is not wired for electricity or phones so your complete escape from civilization is guaranteed. Each evening, soft glowing oil lamps are brought to your bungalow.
At night you can relax on your private terrace under a sky filled with stars and watch the torches being lit on the beach. A sandy beach, hammock, lounge chairs and a large deck give you plenty of perches to view the beautiful lagoon.
A charming staff provides the resort's services: simple, healthful meals emphasizing fresh seafood; a cocktail and snack bar, and island activities fitting the season, such as fishing, shelling and reef exploration. A canoe, snorkeling and fishing equipment are all available for your use. The resort prefers that guests allow a minimum of two nights at the Kia Ora Sauvage. Due to flight schedules into and out of Rangiroa, it is frequently necessary and recommended that you allow at least one night at Hotel Kia Ora before and after your visit.
Words can’t describe the warmth, peace, and refreshing experience of spending a few days in this magnificent location.
The primary resort on Rangiroa, Hotel Kia Ora Resort & Spa is a delightful property spread along a white sand beach facing an endless blue lagoon featuring Polynesian style Garden, Beach, and Overwater Bungalows and Suites. The resort is a paradise for water sport and nature lovers.
The Kia Ora Hotel provides the ideal setting for active guest seeking exciting lagoon activities and adventures including shark and ray feeding tours, wild dolphin watching, snorkeling the Tiputa Pass, deep sea fishing, and diving. The hotel features an excellent restaurant with fresh seafood specialties and international dishes. You won't want to miss the weekly Polynesian dance show and buffet featuring local Polynesian musicians to entertain you through the night. As the day ends, you won't want to miss the spectacular sunsets from the Miki Miki bar as you indulge in a "Rangiroa Blue Sky" or "Pink Sands" cocktail, a favorite of staff and guests!
The hotel has recently completed renovations which included new Villas with Pool which give a true sense of “Polynesian chic”. The overwater bungalows have been entirely renovated with a more modern approach and yet they still offer a fantastic view on the lagoon of Rangiroa.
The Poekura Spa and Aito Fitness Center are now open.
Located on one of the largest lagoons in the Southern Hemisphere, Le Maitai Rangiroa offers quick access to one of the top 5 dive destinations in the world. Just a short 50-minute flight from Papeete, the resort is set amid exotic gardens and overlooks the beautiful azure lagoon.
The hotel features 38 comfortable Polynesian-style bungalows and rooms with balconies. A weekly activity program welcomes guests to a number of local entertainment on-site, including a Poisson Cru show, a flower crown presentation, pareo show, palm weaving, Polynesian music, and Tahitian dance lessons. Lagon Blue, the hotels’ restaurant and bar, serves all meals and specializes in French cuisine.
Le Maitai Rangiroa is the perfect choice for vacationers looking for a good value on Rangiroa.
RANGIROA ATTRACTIONS AND ACTIVITIES
Located on the western end of a string of connected islands, the village of Avatoru is where you'll find most of the island's businesses, banks and shops. Rangiroa's airport is also located here.
Tiputa is a 45-minute boatride from Avatoru. Though both communities boast a similar number of government agencies, Tiputa is the main administrative community, with an infirmary, post office and town hall.
There are a number of small islets within Rangiroa's blue lagoon that are important sanctuaries for bird life. The most popular of these islands is Paio, which is easily accessible by boat.
Rangiroa boasts such an abundance of white sand, the atoll can aptly be described as one big beach. That said, Rangiroa does have its share of officially designated beach areas. Popular spots include Blue Lagoon Motu, Tiputa Point and L'ile Aux Recifs.
Rangiroa is renowned for its excellent dive sites. A large variety of sea life can be found in its waters, including black-tip, gray and white-tip reef sharks and giant manta rays. Dive operators offer instruction and lead dives into the lagoon, passes and the open sea.
Parasailing is offered through Rangiroa Parasail. No training is required, and a parasail flight with boat excursion to Blue Lagoon or to reef island can be arranged. The views are truly spectacular.
Local operators are available for independent or group excursions. If you wish to sail in the Blue Lagoon or to the bird sanctuary to Motu Paio, or want to check out the dolphins frolicking at Tiputa Pass or Site Ohutu in late afternoon, consult the hotel's activity desk.
Rangiroa's lagoon carries an astounding assortment of marine life, which makes it a prime spot for snorkeling. You don't have to go anywhere in particular to snorkel - just grab your mask and fins, walk out the front door of your hotel or pension, and jump in!
Fakarava has been referred to as the island of dreams and is home to rare birds, plants, and crustaceans while the dive sites are virtually undiscovered. The environment here is so pure that Fakarava has been designated as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve for the preservation of rare species.
WHERE TO STAY
The White Sand Beach Resort is the picture of paradise! With a total of 30 Polynesian style bungalows, this small property will charm the seasoned traveler with its exceptional location, facing a crystal clear lagoon teeming with fish and coral. Ideally located on a wide white sand beach, the beachfront bungalows are regrouped in small islets of three units each facing the lagoon where the snorkeling is wonderful and scuba diving exceptional! The property features one restaurant and bar and your stay includes breakfast and dinner daily.
The property features an on site dive center and activity desk which offers a variety of snorkeling and diving excursions for all experience levels.
FAKARAVA ACTIVITIES AND ATTRACTIONS
A pearl farm, the sea slug ("rori") smoke house-highly prized by Asian gourmets, the ancient village of Tetamanu with one of the first Catholic churches built in coral and dating from 1874.
Grab some fins and a snorkel mask and you'll experience a wide variety of colorful tropical fish, huge napoleon wrasses, harmless grey sharks, and sometimes even a manta ray.
Scuba diving in the tropical waters off Fakarava couldn't be easier: when the tide is even, simply dive into the warm water, sit yourself at the bottom of the reef pass, and watch the crowd of aquatic life cruise by, just like in a Paris café!
The unspoiled waters off Fakarava atoll make for great fishing, which is available from the pontoon, or from a chartered boat for tuna, marlin, mahi-mahi or wahoo.
Please contact us to plan your vacation in Rangiroa or Fakarava:
Sunsational Vacations, LLC
(888) 431 - 8567