Isolated Island A review of Hotel Kia Ora Resort & Spa
Rangiroa was the first island of our 3 island tour (Rangiroa/Moorea/Bora Bora).
NOTE: There is the Kia Ora Rangiroa, which is the main resort and then there is the remote Kia Ora Sauvage which is an hour by boat with just a few bungalows,
We staid 1 night in a beach bungalow and 2 nights in a garden bungalow on the main resort.
Overall experience was very positive; we loved that the island was not exploited by tourism yet.
The resort is in great shape and well taken care of.
Beach Bungalows have a nice outside jacuzzi which unfortunately is not heated, so get a small champagne bottle only, as you might get a little cold.
Our Garden Bungalow #19 was at the end of the property line, the owners of the house next to the bungalow got up in the morning at 6am and their hifi equipment was blasting right into our bedroom. Never mind though, as you probably will go to bed by 9-10pm and if you want to catch the dive tour at 7.15am you need to get up anyway ;-)
Most travellers seemed to have been from France and Italy and maybe you want to brush up your french language knowledge as this gets you a little further with the staff than starting with English right away.
A few words on The Blue Dolphin Dive Center which is located in the Kia Ora resort. While the staff is professional and we saw turtles, dolphins, sharks and had a great drift dive, they certainly need to work on their customer service skills and attitude. Yes, we are not be the expert divers with 30 dives only but the Blue Dolphin has staff which just doesn't seem to care about the divers and their experience.
All in all a great stay though