The lagoon in Rangiroa is huge, the second biggest in the world, and is home to an extraordinary diversity of marine life. There are endless nautical activities to choose from: snorkeling, diving, surfing…and also plenty to do on land: visit a pearl farm or the local winery…

From lagoon to coral reef

Even inexperienced divers can enjoy themselves in The Islands of Tahiti, especially in Rangiroa. Dip your head below the waters of the pass with just a mask and snorkel and you’re in a natural aquarium, teeming with tropical fish. Take a diving session and swim among majestic manta rays, dolphins and sea turtles.

There are so many ways to enjoy the waters of the turquoise lagoon, and one of the best is to take a day trip to one of the many motu. You can spend the day swimming and snorkeling and you’ll be served a delicious picnic at the water’s edge. For a day on the island itself, take a bike ride from Avatoru to Tiputa, where you can visit the only winery in French Polynesia. Afterwards, you can sit on the shore and watch dolphins playing in the waves of the pass, as you wait to admire the glorious sunset.

View of Rangiroa atoll © Holger Leue

Did you know?

The name of Rangiroa in the Tuamotu language is Ra’iroa, which means vast sky. It is the biggest atoll in The Islands of Tahiti, with a turquoise and blue lagoon of stunning beauty.

Practical information

The best way to get around oin Rangiroa is by bike, but you can also rent a car. Most of the dive centers are in the north of the island. They have a range of offers to suit beginners and the most experienced divers.

Be inspired


Rangiroa is world famous for its magnificent underwater scenery, so put on your mask and tuba and dive. You have a choice of accommodation including Tahitian Guesthouses and hotels. During your stay, don’t miss a visit to the only vineyard in The Islands of Tahiti.

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Un local qui partage son quotidien autour de la pêche à Rangiroa © Hélène Havard-

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Three days in Rangiroa

In the heart of French Polynesia, Rangiroa is a picture postcard island paradise. Take a day trip to a motu, with a delicious picnic lunch. Go diving at Tiputa and Avatoru to admire the incredibly diverse marine life. Then enjoy a poisson cru on a beach with pink sand. Spend the last day visiting the island by bike. Take a look inside some of the churches and stop to admire the creations of the local craftsmen and women.

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