What's The Surf Like?
In saying that the surf is by no means small all the time. The distance between Hawaii and French Polynesia give the swell time to clean up and intensify. It has been known to even get beyond the 8 - 10ft mark.
Rangiroa is situated in the Tuamotu Archipelago and is the second largest atoll in the world. It measures 75km by 25km and also supports the largest population in the archipelago. The surrounding coral reefs and chain of sandy islands form a lagoon which is more like a vast inland sea. There are only two passages out of this lagoon which attracts a large abundance of diverse marine life, as well as divers hoping to catch a glimpse. Other attractions in Rangiroa include pearl farming and of course, the surf. The right-hander of the northern pass is a world class wave and regularly attracts the talent of local Tuamotuan surfer, Michel Bourez and the unofficial mayor of Teahupoo, Raimana Von Bastolaer.
Rangiroa's local population are warm and friendly, especially when they discover you're a surfer. A few of the locals have begun to surf and it's not uncommon to see young grommets trouncing barefoot across the hard coral reef.
Rangiroa also offers some of the best dives in the world. The most popular diving sites are the Blue Lagoon, Avatoru and Tiputa Pass. Rangiroa is a magical place where you can regularly see dolphins playing in the pass. They can be viewed from land, however, it is one of the few places where they can be approached while scuba diving. Due to the atolls large size and that it only has two passes, the coming and going of each tide creates a strong current. It is possible for divers to observe a huge variety of fish, large manta rays and sharks that are seemingly motionless, swimming against the strong current.
Another popular diving spot in Rangiroa is the famous Blue Lagoon. Located in the south-western corner of the atoll, a smaller lagoon is separated from the main body by a section of coral reef. Its shallow waters highlight the bright blue clarity of the water.