Rangiroa, at the heart of the Tuamoto archipelago, is the second largest atoll in the world. Only an hour's flight away from Tahiti, it is home to some world-class diving.

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Why we think you’ll love it

  • The Tiputa Pass is one of the world's great dives. Lots of current and lots of sharks.
  • Rangiroa is wonderfully undeveloped so you really feel away from it all.
  • The lagoon at Rangiroa is so vast it could fit the entire island of Tahiti inside of it.

Our Guide to Diving in Rangiroa

The diving and snorkelling here is stunning. Apart from the quality of the coral and fish life, what is so fantastic is that it is right on your doorstep and there is no-one else around!

The most famous dive sites are in two lagoon passes and both are just a short boat ride away. Most of the dives are drifts into the passes where you will find more fish life, in particular sharks, than almost anywhere else on this earth. The fish life really is stunning with large numbers of turtles, dolphins, rays as well of course as the sharks. Between November and February, which isn't the best time above the water, hammerhead sightings are a common occurrence. The message is simple: go now.


Original Highlight

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Being swept into the lagoon on a drift dive surrounded by more sharks than you thought possible is one of the world’s greatest diving experiences.

Alex, Original Diver

Weather in January January February March April May June July August September October November December
  • Average Temp. — 28°C / 82°F
  • Rainfall — 31cm / 12.4 inches
  • Water Temp. — 28°C / 82°F
Flight from London

18:45 hrs

Time Difference

GMT -10 hrs

Top picks for Rangiroa

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Hotel Kia Ora


Only five minutes by boat from the airport lies the newly refurbished, indeed substantially rebuilt Hotel Kia Ora Resort & Spa; a hotel of a quality to rival the top resorts in better known islands of French Polynesia such as Bora Bora. It is located on the atoll’s northern portion in a vast coconut plantation and is the only hotel on the island making it very private.

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