Known to be one of the biggest atolls in the world, Rangiroa will surprise you. But it wasn’t always that ways. It took millions of years and a glad climatic coincidence to make Rangiroa emerge from the Pacific South. A high temperature, lots of light (superficial waters) and a dioxygen-rich environment are the essential ingredients to creation of an Atoll.
Besides from these climatic conditions, some geological factors such as volcanic activity over an oceanic plate add up to the ingredients to allow the first coral reef to appear around the island.
With time and plate tectonics, the volcano collapsed and gave the opportunity to the coral to pursue its development and form an insular barrier, the second step to the creation of an atoll. Finally, the volcano disappeared under the water and a coral belt appeared in the shape of a ring.
It is in this paradise that is produced the famous pearl of Tahiti. Known in Europe for over a century, it was only until the 1960’s that man began to grow pearls. You can visit one of the various pearl farms such as the Gauguin farm.
Uncommon fact: the visit is free and they encourage strongly to take pictures. After a lesson about the mother-of-pearl and its origin (Tuamotu), you can discover the process of handling an oyster, from the cultivation to the first pearl. Finally, you cannot miss the boutique where you can purchase a souvenir of your journey in Polynesia !
Less known for its vineyard, Rangiroa is the only atoll in French Polynesia where wine is produced despite the climate which is not ideal for this kind of growing. The vineyard grows between the lagoon and the coconut trees and is harvested twice a year. The raisin is then carried to the Avatoru village’s wine storehouse where it will be transformed into wine. Whether it’s rosé or white, Tahiti’s wine is sure to be bursting with sunshine and generosity.