Rangiroa,the endless Lagoon
Rangiroa, a string of coral encircling a luminous turquoise and jade-green lagoon, is one of the world's greatest dive destinations.
From the air, the atoll - the second largest in the world - seems to be a giant pearl necklace laid upon the water. Here is a world where 240 tiny islets, or motu, each no more than three feet in elevation, lay upon the ocean for more than 110 miles completely encircling an infinitely deep lagoon.
Surrounded by two legendary bodies of water, Moana-tea (Peaceful Ocean) and Moana-uri (Wild Ocean), the main villages of Avatoru and Tiputa offer the visitor with a unique look at the South Pacific. Along the few roads, coral churches, craft centers, local restaurants, and tiny shops provide enjoyable land-based experiences to complement the many activities in the lagoon.
Rangiroa, also known as the Diver's paradise is highly prized by divers from around the world because of the pass dives, visibility, and density of marine life. Here you can expect to see beautiful fish, dolphins, and reef sharks.
The primary resort, the Hotel Kia Ora, is located near Tiputa Pass and features overwater bungalows and fine dining. The resort's landmark pier is the launching point of many of the water activities within the lagoon.With a TOPDIVE centre onsite, Hotel Kia Ora is ideal for a diving vacation or exotic honeymoon.
Rangiroa is also home to one of the world's most unique properties, the Kia Ora Sauvage. Located far across the lagoon from the main village on a remote and tiny motu, guests are welcomed as family while they enjoy one of the only five bungalows in a primitive, yet luxurious environment.