From June 24th to 30th, we were in Rangiroa.
Rangiroa means ‘vast sky’. It is the largest atoll in the Tuamotus, and has the second largest lagoon in the world. It is very famous for its diving sites. It is also known for its winery. The vines grow on the edge of a lagoon beside coconuts, and produce two harvests per year. The wine is not amazing and very expensive, but it still unique in the world.
We stayed at Rangiroa plage, a pension that we really enjoyed: considerate and kind hosts, cheap and clean rooms with a view on the lagoon (or not), a cheap snack restaurant where you eat well… Léa and Loic received us perfectly and we can only recommend this place, which has nothing to be ashamed of in comparison to other pensions much more expensive and impersonal.
Jérémy dived 5 times at Tiputa’s pass, very well known for its drift, its sharks and its dolphins. He dived with YAKA plongée, and he was really glad he chose them, its at human size with very nice and considerate guides. The dive was normally at 7500 XPF (63€), but the little bonus was that there was a discount just for people staying at Rangiroa plage: 6500 XPF (55€). Dive pictures speak for themselves.
We went on a day tour on the reef island, for 7500 XPF per person (63€). Program of the day: stop in the lagoon so the guides could fish our lunch, lunch on a motu and walk on the reef (water shoes mandatory!), barbecue grilled fish and coco bread. On our way back, we were in front of Tiputa’s pass and were lucky enough to spot some dolphins (common bottlenose dolphins – Tursiops truncatus). Finally, we stopped at the ‘aquarium’, a place where there is a lot of fishes (the fact that they gave them bread certainly helps). A very nice day, but our guides were not at the same level as Sammy Maupiti Tours during our tour in Maupiti.
We also visited Gauguin’s pearl farm. The visit was free, they came to pick you up at your pension and take you back. We were nicely surprised because the explanations were really good, and we were able to see some grafters working. In a next post, we will explain the making process of the tahitian pearl.
In our opinion, the atoll has less interest than high islands regarding the scenery, but we really enjoyed our stay in Rangiroa.