Rangiroa, Tuamotu Islands, French Polynesia

Rangiroa is a tear shaped atoll in this group of 78 islands a few hundred miles northeast of Tahiti.  This true atoll which comprises 240 coral motus or small islands separated by more than 100 tiny channels is one of the four largest in the world. The lagoon itself is 1640 sq. km. large and the small motus surrounding it comprise only 40 sq. km. of land. You cannot see one side of the lagoon from the other, even at the narrowest point.  The people live a simple life but as this island is part of France, they do have all the modern conveniences in the few villages on the atoll, including an airport.   In that sense the people are very much better off than those in the Fanning Islands.  However, in both cases they share a concern about global warming and the raising of sea levels, as it would not take much for the sea to completely cover these islands. It is an idyllic place and well known for snorkelling and diving as well as black pearls.  There were quite a few yachts moored in the lagoon where we were also anchored and a small hotel was visible from our ship.  I was supposed to take a tour and had planned to go swimming at the small beach next to the tender pier, but I woke up with a fever and sore throat, likely caught from a woman who coughed and sneezed all over me for four hours on the previous day’s tour.  However, I did manage to get ashore for a few minutes to take a few photos, which I attach, and see what the island was like.   As you can see, it is another paradise.  My friends who went snorkelling said this was the best place of all.  Tomorrow we arrive at our last port on this trip, Nuku Hiva in the Marquesas Islands.

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One Response to Rangiroa, Tuamotu Islands, French Polynesia

  1. xandimusic says:

    Looks great, nice pics!
    Have a nice travel,
    xandi

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