Rangiroa, French Polynesia
Rangiroa or Te Kokota, is the largest atoll in the Tuamotus, and one of the largest in the world. It is located in the Palliser group. The nearest atoll is Tikehau, located only 12 Km to the West. The atoll consists of about 250 islands, islets and sandbars comprising a total land area of about 170 km². There are approximately 100 narrow passages, called hoa, in the fringing reef. The lagoon is approximately 1600 km². It is so large that it has its own horizon. The chief town is Avatoru, located in the northwestern part of the atoll.
Rangiroa offers a number of attractions, the best known being its diving. It is regarded one of the world's greatest diving destinations, attracting both amateur and professional divers worldwide. Other attractions include lagoon excursions, Beaches, Avatoru and Tiputa villages, pearl farm tours, and a wide range of water based activities.
Things to See and Do
* Lagoon excursion
* Pearl farm tour
* Rangiroa vineyard
* Diving in the Tiputa pass
Cruise Season – Jan - Dec
Currency – CFP franc (XPF)
Language – French, Tahitian
Land Area – 170 km²
Population – 2,500 approx
Electricity – 2 angled flat pins and 1 round pin centred below Australian style
Time – GMT minus ten hours
International Country Telephone Code – + 689
Port Location – The port is located at the main town of Avatoru.
Transport Links –Air Tahiti offers services from the Tahiti with stops at Bora Bora, Moorea and some of the other islands depending upon cargo and people.
Inter island ferries and boat transportation is available. Two cruise ships/luxury liners currently ply the islands: the Paul Gauguin, which does a regular 7-day trip around the Societies, with occasional trips out to the Tuamotus, Marquesas and Cook Islands; and the Tahitian Princess which does similar itineraries.