In French Polynesia, in Northeast Tahiti, in the Tuamotu archipelago, a little corner of paradise is calling out to you, it’s the Rangiroa atoll. So now, you just have to find a nice and functional base, that is to say: the right hotel in Rangiroa.
Define your dream stay in Rangiroa
The beauties of the atoll attract very different travelers. To find the perfect accommodation, the first step is to determine the type of stay Rangiroa sought after: do you want it to be oriented relaxation on fine sand, or focused on sports challenges, or rather family, or targeted around discoveries of wild places for nature lovers. Also define whether you prefer a quiet boutique type hotel where you can go about your business freely or an all-inclusive hotel where everything is punctuated and planned by the staff.
Add to these elements your budget possibilities: you will have a clear idea of the type of establishment you’re looking for.
The Rangiroa hotel location
Rangiroa, the largest atoll in Polynesia, covers more than 79km2. Remember to look up the distance between the airport (located in the heart of Rangiroa) to your accommodation and learn about the transfer arrangements put in place by the latter.
The north shore enjoys an exceptional panorama from the beach, including the beautiful bay of Ohotu. The atoll’s main amenities are in the village of Avatoru (shops, snacks, supermarkets, health center…) but you will also find small local shops close to Tiputa Pass at 600 meters of Pension Bounty. By choosing accommodation in Rangiroa itself, you will also be guaranteed easy access to all the essential sites of the atoll.
The most charming paths are on foot or by bike. Also, ask your hotel if it is possible to rent bicycles in the area to move around and travel the island in optimal conditions.
Activities close to the hotel
As far as activities are concerned, Rangiroa Island is full of possibilities. There are obviously many sites to rest in the shade of coconut trees throughout the atoll … but this quiet happiness is not the only one. If you are interested in exploring the seabed, check to see if your hotel is close to a site where you can easily observe the exceptional marine fauna: whale sharks, dolphins, sharks, turtles, manta rays, barracuda, fish reef… Know that in the Tiputa pass, north of the island, you can easily admire the dolphins’ antics.
The ideal accommodation will undoubtedly be one that allows you both to enjoy the calm with direct access to the beach (ideally on foot), and easy access to local life. What a pleasure it is to visit a Polynesian village, its shops, and meet its inhabitants! Local craftsmanship requires a visit to a pearl farm located in the area that will satisfy your curiosity.
Local gastronomy, with its varied fresh fish, is also among the discoveries to consider. Consider whether the type of catering proposed by your hotel is homemade or industrial to avoid unpleasant surprises.
For sportsmen and adventurers, the best sites of the island have diving schools, and opportunities for boat rentals. Diving and snorkeling are key and popular activities. Good accommodation in Rangiroa will guide you in finding the best clubs from which to choose.
For walkers, strolls are also a great way to make wonderful holiday memories.
See reviews by guests who have stayed at the hotel
The opinions of travelers who have stayed in hotels, bed and breakfasts, and hostels are easily available on the internet (TripAdvisor, Google Map, etc.) and are a wealth of information to help you choose the right hotel in Rangiroa. They are much more informative than the photos on booking sites.
They quickly give a clear idea of the level of service offered. You will be able to estimate the comfort of the rooms (as well as the cleanliness and the possibility of a hot shower, good bedding, an individual fridge, a silent ventilation system, a safe and mosquito nets are welcome).
The possibility of Wi-Fi is a plus, especially to prepare your excursions, but also be attentive to the reviews about the kindness and the quality of the staff, because nothing beats local advice to design the best visits and spend unforgettable moments.
Rangiroa is of course an idyllic location, but the right hotel will be the cornerstone for this setting. Last tip: remember to book in advance, otherwise the best accommodations will already be taken.