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Diving in the Tuamatu Pass and the Aquarium. Snorkeling around our overwater bungalow. Swimming with dolphins. Paradise.
The Tuamotu Archipelago is actually a series of 76 atolls stretching 720 miles—kind of like a maritime border fence blocking access to Tahiti. According to legend, the Tuamotu Islands were formed when Tukerai-the Polynesian version of Neptune combined with Hercules- tried to shake the sea. The resulting storm caused chunks of the earth to be tossed into the surface creating the island chain. The beaches consist of crushed coral that crunch ...
Rangiroa was probably the most remote place we've visited so far. The flight was quite scary with turbulence so we were relieved when we landed.
There were only 15 persons on board of the plane for 60 people so the stewardess asked us to move from our seats to balance the plane. It was really hot and the main ...
I do not know why some of these entries seem to publish themselves whilst others get missed as they sit as drafts, so look back to beginning of February. Very strange the entry no longer says 'draft'! Health update. Apparently the diver from yesterday was diving with a scuba diving club and had a 'funny turn'. It was decided quicker to bring him to the ship than get him ashore. ( where were the others then?) also he was a man in his 60's, although looked much younger from my view ...
... largest in the world - seems to be a giant pearl necklace laid upon the water. Here is a world where 240 tiny islets, or motu, each no more than three feet in elevation, lay upon the ocean for more than 110 miles completely encircling an infinitely deep lagoon. Surrounded by ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Kia Ora Resort & Spa Rangiroa
Das Personal war gro▀artig, das Essen war gro▀artig, das Hotel war gro▀artig!!! Alles war perfekt, von der ersten Sekunde an, als wir am Flughafen von einem Kia-Ora-Vertreter abgeholt wurden. Wir waren in der "Nebensaison" dort und es war nicht so viel los, wir mussten nie irgendwo anstehen. Hinweis: Die Zimmer haben kein Radio oder Fernseher - was ja auch nicht so schlimm ist, wenn man sich an einem so sch÷nen Ort wie Rangiroa befindet.
We loved Rangiroa. Part of the reason was diving, part was the atmosphere of the atoll and the water (best colors and underwater visibility we've ever seen), but part of it was Kia Ora as well. We stayed there for 4 nights in July as part of our honeymoon. Our other main reason for going to that atoll was diving.
We stayed in the beachfront bungalow with jacuzzi (#11), and it was amazing!
My husband and I traveled to Moorea and Rangirora for a dive vacation, and what an adventure it was! We had over the water bungalows for our stay with tons of fish that come right up to your personal patio to be fed scraps of bread the hotel leaves outside the bar. The rooms were clean and wonderful, a very safe and secure feeling place. We slept with our doors open toward the ocean each night falling asleep to the sound of the water and ocean breeze. The restaurant was wonderful (make sure you include full board to your stay, this just isn't a tourist island so there isn't much else selection) but don't worry the food at the hotel is great and on Sunday evening there is a buffet and cultural dance show! Now on to the diving. We went with TOPdive. They are located just a stones throw from the hotel. If you walk out to the over the water bunglows facing the lagoon and look right you will see their sign. Marina and Pascal were our dive masters you can reach them at [--]. They are professional, while giving each diver the attention he or she needs to have an enjoyable dive. The mornings are dive through the Tiputa Pass where you will see tons of grey sharks schooling on the bottom and enjoy a ride on the current that runs into the lagoon. In the afternoon there are numerous reef dives that can be enjoyed and what sites you will see! We had dolphins swim down and play with us, swam with schools of Barracuda, saw turtles on almost every dive, we saw Manta Rays and then tons and tons of colorful little fish. It truly is a diving paradise and if you stay at Kia Ora and dive with TOPdive you won't be sorry!
Rangiroa Kia Ora Village Review. My husband and I just returned from a mostly wonderful 2 week vacation to Tahiti. We stayed on 3 different islands. We stayed in Moorea at the Sheraton. (Which was my favorite island, The Sheraton IS the place to stay in Moorea. See my Moorea Reaview) then we went to Rangiroa. We are divers...so if you dive this is an AMAZING Atoll to dive. If you don't dive, there isn't much to do on the island other than just enjoy the gorgeous waters. This island is so different than any of the others we went to. It is flat, no mountains. It has a huge lagoon in the middle and on outer reef all the way around. No restaurants or places to go. But to go for a couple of days is wonderful. But this is a divers paradise. There are 3 dive shops. Dolphin, which is at the resort and crowded, 6 Passengers, which from the beach is a 2 minute walk to the left of the resort. And my favorite, Top Dive, which wasn't as crowded and had great service. It is 2 minute walk from the resorts beach to the right. There is more sea life than I've ever seen before. I asked to do a couple shark dives. They were AMAZING. We also saw dolphins, manta rays, eagle rays, turtles, more tropical fish than I've ever seen, huge tunas swimming around, etc. We had an over water bungalow. Which I am so glad we did. The gardens bungalows are small and the water is too gorgeous to not be on it. The over waters are alright inside, they can use updating.....but it turned out to be our favorite just because the water was amazing and it was way better than the garden bungalows. No T.V., so if you are a T.V. watcher, bring cards or something else to do. The waters outside the Bungalow are gorgeous. You have to feed all the fish by hand. They are so tame that you can even pet some of them. The island has nothing really to do other than dive. If you do fish, ask 6 Passengers dive shop to the left of the hotel to get you in contact with someone. The resort was way more expensive and they used the same guy. We only caught a tuna on the way in. The restaurant has great food. I don't eat much fish....but loved their breaded mahi mahi. And I loved their coconut Ice cream. The only thing that I didn't like....but wasn't just at the Kia Ora Village, it was consistent anywhere in the French Polynesian was no one is overly friendly. You never feel like you are getting GREAT service. I believe most places in the Caribbean and Mexico had better service. But no place I've ever been has had the waters like the F.P. (I also have a Bora Bora Lagoon Resort Review, and a Sheraton Moorea) Morea was Great. Bora Bora....not so great.
I really wanted to give this a 3.5 star rating. First off I want to say Rangiroa is an amazing, beautiful place, untouched by tourism. We stayed in the beachside bungalows. What a relaxing place this was, steps away from the beautiful turquoise lagoon. There was a hammock, along w/ beach chairs close by.
The staff was great, the food was great, the hotel was great!!!!!!!! Everything was perfect from the minute we were picked up from the airport by a Kia Ora representative. We went in the "off" season and it was not busy at all, we never had to wait for anything. Note: Rooms dont have radio or TV-not really a bad thing when you are in a beautiful place like Rangiroa though.
Rangiroa was the first island of our 3 island tour (Rangiroa/Moorea/Bora Bora).
if you're into diving , then rangiroa is the place to go, it was in a different league than any of our other trips. kia ora is a lovely hotel but for sheer beauty we suggest a side trip to kia ora sauvage which was amazing. bernard and his wife mahine (?) were our hosts on sauvage, we wished we had stayed longer, both the island and our hosts were incredible. snorkeling with bernard while he free dived with a spear gun for our dinner was something we'll never forget and josephine , the island dog, chasing the dozens of juvenile blacktip reef sharks constantly cruising the shallows was very entertaining, but our hosts singing and playing songs at night by the light of lanterns (no electric on sauvage) was magical. we certainly lucked out being the only guests on the island.
Spectacular beauty and attentive, friendly service -- Kia Ora is fabulous! This is truly a get-away-from-it-all destination. The island is tiny, but it's a wonderful place to relax and just enjoy the incredible views. Our oceanfront, 2-room bungalow was very clean and decorated beautifully. The infinity-edge pool was great, and we enjoyed trying the local eateries. It's also fun to walk over to the dock and take a water taxi to one of the other nearby islands. Jerry Garcia, the GM, and his staff are the best.