Although Rangiroa is the second largest island atoll in the world, it can be sailed fairly easily at leisure due to it being only 80km long and measuring 32km at its widest point. The central lagoon between the islands is essentially a shallow sandbank at 35km deep and is favoured by scuba divers the world over, due to the remarkable diversity of life to be found in its waters. It is possible to swim with hammerhead sharks, turtles and playful dolphins on dives arranged through the numerous dive shops to be found on Avatoru, which is the central tourism hub of the island. If you unable to sail to Rangiroa, then the only airport in the atoll is also located in Avatoru, as is the vast majority of accommodation.
While there isn’t a great deal of hotels or guesthouses in the area, those that you do find are idyllic in nature. With wooden bungalows balanced delicately over gentle blue seas, this is the picture postcard perfect idea of a Pacific island paradise. For those who would prefer to stay above water, you can still admire all that the ocean has to offer with a glass-bottom boat tour of the central lagoon which is a must-do experience.
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