Rangiroa Atoll – Image courtesy of mensfame.com
What to do and see on Rangiroa Island? Dip your toes into the squeaky-clean, powder-white beaches of Rangiroa, the largest motu (islet) in a dazzling necklace of 240 coral atolls that comprise the Tuamotu archipelago, which in turn encircles the world's second-largest lagoon.
This stunning expanse of crystal clear water is around 70km-long by 26km-wide; so large that it’s impossible to see from one side of the lagoon to the other.
Here you can swim, snorkel and dive in the turquoise lagoon, and even play Robinson Crusoe (for a day or longer) on a selection of gorgeous white-sand beaches that rank among the best in the South Pacific for an unforgettable honeymoon experience.
For couples wanting to spice up a languorous honeymoon, Rangiroa offers a wide range of activities and is probably the most famous shark diving destination in the South Pacific, with more than 10 species of shark commonly sighted.
Adventurous honeymoon couples can snorkel above colourful reef fish at the famous ‘Blue Lagoon’ of Toeo’o, spot schools of dolphins playing in Avatoru Pass and Tiputa Pass and watch thousands of seabirds nesting at Ile aux Oiseaux (Bird Island).
Or cruise out to L'ile Aux Recifs (Reef Island) to see its fossilised razor-sharp coral formations and sunbathe on the gorgeous soft pink sand of Les Sables Rose – one of Rangiroa and French Polynesia's most beautiful beaches.
For an insight into traditional South Sea island life head to Avatora or Tiputa Village. Don't miss Tiputa Point – the perfect spot for a picnic with panoramic views over the Rangiroa archipelago.
Best beaches in Rangiroa
Laze the day away on one of Rangiroa’s gorgeous beaches and idyllic motus, such as…
Les Sables Rose
(The Pink Sands) – Unwind on one of French Polynesia's most beautiful beaches, a stunning pink-sand beach located in the southeast corner of Rangiroa; and easily reached on a two-hour boat trip across the turquoise lagoon. Relax on the beach, go for a swim and enjoy a picnic on a day excursion to this isolated atoll.
Note: The pink sand is a result of eroded coral and foraminiferal deposits (the pulverized red shells of tiny sea creatures) that sparkle in the sunlight.
(Blue Lagoon) – Swim and snorkel in this sensational blue lagoon, a shallow sandy pool full of colourful corals teeming with fish and fringed by gorgeous white-sand beaches and groves of swaying coconut palms.
To reach the lagoon, you need to walk across a coral scattered seabed (reef shoes required) and over the motu; following an hour’s boat ride from Avatoru.
Where to stay
Often rising no higher that a metre above the surface, Rangiroa's sandy coral atolls boast an array of upmarket beach resorts including: the luxurious beach bungalows of Kia Ora Sauvage, which lie hidden beneath swaying coconut palms on a tiny secluded motu; the overwater bungalows of Hotel Kia Ora; Les Relais de Josephine, where beach bungalows overlook famous Tiputa Pass; and the Novotel Rangiroa Lagoon Resort, which lies within a shady coconut plantation.
Hotel Kia Ora
Location: East coast
Prices: from AUD496 per person
Description: Relax in comfort at this Polynesian-style resort that sits in a lush coconut plantation facing a white-sand beach. Choose from a wide range of bungalows including overwater bungalows that sit on the reef, as well as garden and beach bungalows with plunge pools and Jacuzzis. Facilities incl.: Restaurant, bar, outdoor pool, tennis court, Jacuzzis, bike rentals, internet, laundry service and various water sports.
Find the best deal, compare prices and read what other travellers have to say about hotel accommodation on Rangiroa Island at TripAdvisor.
Best time to visit Rangiroa
The best time to honeymoon in Tahiti is during the dry season between May and October, when the average annual temperature of 27°C (81°F) is tempered by refreshing sea breezes.
The wet season lasts from November until April, with February and March the hottest months. Typically, the water temperature hovers between 26°C and 29°C.
For more climate info: Tahiti Weather Guide
How to get to Rangiroa
Rangiroa is located in the Tuamotu island group some 350km north of Papeete. At 68km long by 27km wide, Rangiroa’s ring of low skinny islets encloses the world's-second-largest lagoon. Rangiroa is a 60 mins flight from Papeete.
Hire a scooter or bike to explore the island.
Read more about getting to Tahiti and around the island. › Rangiroa Map…
Latest update Rangiroa honeymoon:
14 October, 2019
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