Rangiroa, French Polynesia

Rangiroa Atoll is one of the biggest atolls in the world. It is part of the Tuamotu Archipelago, in French Polynesia. The atoll covers 79 sq km (30.5 sq mi). The administrative village in Rangiroa is Avatoru, while the biggest village is Tiputa. These two Polynesian villages are separated by the Tiputa Pass, a stretch of ocean that is a very popular diving spot.

More on Rangiroa

Rangiroa Atoll comprises reef islets called

motu and sandbars, with the sea surrounding them at varying depths. Between these motus are narrow passages called r’oa where boats can pass thorugh. The whole circumference of Rangiroa Atoll is 200 km. Like a pearl necklace, the islets and sandbars form a garland with a width of between 300 to 500 meters, and cover an entire area of 1446 sq km.

The economy of Rangiroa Atoll is today supported by tourism, catering mostly for upscale tourists. The exceptionally clear waters of the blue lagoon of Rangiroa makes it a much desired destination for enjoying the sea. Another major industry of Rangiroa is the breeding of pearl oysters. The region is particularly well known for its black pearls.

Visiting Rangiroa

Air Tahiti flies to Rangiroa from Bora Bora, Papeete and Fakarava. The airstrip for Rangiroa is at Avatoru.

Sights & Attractions in Rangiroa

  1. Tiputa Pass
    A spot in Rangiroa Atoll with an abundance of marine life from reef sharks to dolphins, rays, barracudas and fish in every hue of the rainbow.

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