Rangiroa, French Polynesia

Rangiroa, meaning "huge sky," is the largest atoll of Tahiti and her islands, and one of the four largest in the world. It has more than 240 motu (islets) separated by more than 100 "hoa," small channels that make up its ring of coral, and in the center of the inside lagoon is the Paio Motu. Discover this long ribbon of islets located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean and marvel at the incomparable brilliant colors of the lagoon.

Rangiroa features a palm-fringed coast and warm, blue tropical waters. The ship's tender will drop you off at the pier, affording you the opportunity to stroll the coastal road or do a bit of beachcombing. Rangiroa is famous for its surrounding coral reef and marine life. Be sure to spend at least part of the day enjoying the ocean in this very unique and rarely visited coral atoll.

Note: Rangiroa is a tender port. Transportation from the ship to shore will be via the ship's tender service.

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Points of Interest

  • Snorkeling
  • Lagoon Excursions
  • Scuba Diving
  • Black Pearl Farm
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  • Snorkeling

    Rangiroa's lagoon is a prime spot for snorkeling. Popular sites include L'Ile aux Recifs Beach, Papiro Point and the Mahuta area where coral gardens teem with tropical fish.

  • Lagoon Excursions

    Divers, snorkelers and even glass-bottom boat riders can "shoot the pass" experiencing the rush of water between the ocean and Rangiroa's lagoon while surrounded by bountiful schools of colorful fish.

  • Scuba Diving

    Phenomenal dive sites await inside Rangiroa's breathtaking lagoon and on the outer edge of the reef where squadrons of eagle rays and schools of sharks and tuna provide a dazzling display.

  • Black Pearl Farm

    To the Polynesians, the black pearl is a symbol of purity, and the Polynesian islands are the world's leading exporter of fine black pearls with several pearl farms based on Rangiroa.

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Visit the Pearl Farm

1.5 hours | Rangiroa | RGI-300
  • Black Pearl Farm

The warm waters of French Polynesia are ideal for farming the coveted Tahitian black pearls, a lasting symbol of purity. Visit a working pearl farm, learn the history and harvesting process of these lustrous beauties and view a wide selection of unset pearls, available for purchase.

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Rangiroa's Lagoon by Glassbottom Boat

1 hours | Rangiroa | RGI-625
  • Lagoon Excursions

Nature lovers will have a field day on this one-hour excursion. Step aboard an inviting glass-bottom boat for a narrated tour across Rangiroa's famous lagoon. Your expert guide will point out and name a variety of corals and a rainbow of tropical reef fish like parrot, butterfly, surgeon fish and more. You'll travel in comfort shaded from sun and glare by the boat's sheltering roof which provides optimal conditions for great photo opportunities. Rangiroa, the largest atoll in French Polynesia, presents ever-changing vistas of lush coral islets, pink sands, and brilliant blue skies. In fact Rangiroa literally means "long sky" and it certainly lives up to its name.

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