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How to get to Rangiroa

Rangiroa is located in the Tuamotu Island group, around 355km (220mi) northeast of Tahiti.

At 68km (42mi) long by 27km (16mi) wide, Rangiroa’s ring of low atolls encloses the world's second-largest lagoon.

From overseas, the most convenient route to Rangiroa is by air to Tahiti International Airport (PPT), Papeete, followed by a connecting flight to Rangiroa Airport (RGI).

Rangiroa Airport is located on the northwestern edge of Avatoru Island, about 5km (3mi) southeast of Avatoru.

French Polynesia – a vast expanse of 118 islands scattered over 2.5 million sq km of the South Pacific – is located around 4000km (2485mi) northwest of Auckland, New Zealand, and 6120km (3802mi) northwest of Sydney, Australia.

Tahiti is an overseas collectivity (and sole overseas country) of the French Republic.


Flight times to Rangiroa

Within French Polynesia: Air Tahiti operates daily interisland flights to Raiatea Airport (RFP).

Tahiti to Rangiroa is 1 hr, direct flight
Bora Bora to Rangiroa is 1 hr 15 min, direct flight

Moorea to Rangiroa is 2 hrs 40 min, connecting flightˆ


Flight times to Papeete, Tahiti

The following are the most convenient and quickest routes to Tahiti International Airport (PPT), also known as Fa'aa International Airport, French Polynesia.

From New Zealand: Air New Zealand and Air Tahiti Nui operate regular flights to Papeete.

Auckland to Papeete is 4 hrs 50 min, direct flight


From Japan: Air Tahiti Nui operate regular flights to Papeete.

Tokyo to Papeete is 11 hrs 5 min, direct flight


From United States: Hawaiian Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Air Tahiti Nui, American Airlines, United Airlines and Air France operate the most convenient daily flights to Papeete.

Honolulu to Papeete is 5 hrs 55 min, direct flight
Los Angeles to Papeete is 8 hrs 5 min, direct flight
San Francisco to Papeete is 8 hrs 20 min, direct flight

Atlanta to Papeete is 14 hrs 15 min, connecting flightˆ
Boston to Papeete is 15 hrs 30 min, connecting flightˆ
Chicago to Papeete is 13 hrs 20 min, connecting flightˆ
Dallas-Fort Worth to Papeete is 12 hrs 20 min, connecting flightˆ
New York to Papeete is 15 hrs 45 min, connecting flightˆ


From Canada: Air Canada, United Airlines, WestJet, Air France and Air Tahiti Nui offer the most convenient flights to Papeete.

Toronto to Papeete is 15 hrs 19 min, connecting flightˆ
Montreal to Papeete is 15 hrs 50 min, connecting flightˆ
Vancouver to Papeete is 12 hrs 15 min, connecting flightˆ


From Australia: Air Tahiti Nui, Virgin Australia, Qantas and Air New Zealand offer the most convenient flights to Papeete.

Adelaide to Papeete is 12 hrs, connecting flightˆ
Brisbane to Papeete is 9 hrs 35 min, connecting flightˆ
Melbourne to Papeete is 9 hrs 35 min, connecting flightˆ
Sydney to Papeete is 9 hrs 5 min, connecting flightˆ
Perth to Papeete is 14 hrs, 45 min, connecting flightˆ


From China: Japan Airlines, Air Tahiti Nui and Air New Zealand offer the most convenient flights to Papeete.

Beijing to Papeete is 17 hrs, connecting flightˆ
Shanghai to Papeete is 15 hrs 55 min, connecting flightˆ
Hong Kong to Papeete is 17 hrs 5 min, connecting flightˆ


From Singapore: Air New Zealand, Air Tahiti Nui and Singapore Airlines operate regular flights to Papeete.

Singapore to Papeete is 15 hrs 25 min, connecting flightˆ


From United Kingdom: Virgin Atlantic, British Airways, Air Tahiti Nui and American Airlines offer the most convenient flights to Papeete.

London to Papeete is 21 hrs 20 min, connecting flightˆ


From France: Air France, United Airlines and Air Tahiti Nui offer the most convenient flights from Paris connecting via Papeete.

Paris to Papeete is 21 hrs 35 min, connecting flightˆ


From Germany: Lufthansa and Air Tahiti Nui offer the most convenient flights to Papeete.

Berlin to Papeete is 23 hrs 45 min, connecting flightˆ
Dusseldorf to Papeete is 23 hrs 50 min, connecting flightˆ
Frankfurt to Papeete is 23 hrs 15 min, connecting flightˆ
Hamburg to Papeete is 24 hrs, connecting flightˆ
Munich to Papeete is 21 hrs 40 min, connecting flightˆ

(ˆincludes transfer time.)


Flying in

Tahiti International Airport is located 5km (3mi) southwest of Papeete.

Rangiroa Airport (RGI) is located on the northwestern edge of Avatoru Island, about 5km (3mi) southeast of Avatoru township.

Hotels usually arrange transport by prior arrangement. A minibus taxi is available if you don’t have transport reservations.


Getting around

Speed boats are availble to tour the atolls.

Between islands – by air: Air Tahiti offer daily flights from Tahiti to the neighbouring islands of Bora Bora, Huahine, Maupiti, Moorea and Raiatea as well as the remote archipelagos, including: Tuamotu East and North with Manihi, Rangiroa, Takapoto and Tikehau; Austral Islands of Rurutu and Tubuai; Marquesas Islands of Hiva Oa and Nuku Hiva.

By Ferry: Fast inter-island catamarans and regular ferries exist between Bora Bora, Huahine, Moorea, Papeete and Raiatea.


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Latest update: How to get to Rangiroa: 21 October, 2019


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