Tahiti & French Polynesia – Hotel Kia Ora Resort and Spa

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Hotel Kia Ora Resort and Spa

Tahiti & French Polynesia – Rangiroa

 

Travel tips to Tahiti & French Polynesia

 

Rangiroa, a coral atoll situated in the Tuamotu archipelago in French Polynesia, is home to one of the most beautiful hotels of the South Pacific – the Hotel Kia Ora Resort & Spa. Located on the northeastern coast between the two passes of Avatoru and Tiputa and surrounded by a lagoon with crystal clear waters, the hotel has a long standing commitment to authenticity and exceptional Polynesian hospitality. The Hotel Kia Ora Resort & Spa has 60 bungalows nestled along the coral reef atoll on a site of splendid beauty, surrounded by beautiful gardens and coconut grove. You will appreciate the comfort of the bungalows, whose decoration is a tribute to traditional Polynesian craftsmanship.

The beautiful and unspoiled nature of Rangiroa is conducive to all types of activities and excursions where you can either explore the wonders of the tropical nature or just relax in the infinity pool facing the lagoon with its different shades blue. At sunset, relax in Rangiroa’s unique overwater bar – the Miki Miki Bar, and enjoy a refreshing tropical cocktail as the sun drops below the horizon. You will enjoy your meals in the Te Rairoa Restaurant which are prepared for you by their chef who blends delicate flavors of traditional Polynesian cuisine with the specialties that have made the reputation of French gastronomy. The Hotel Kia Ora Resort & Spa proposes magnificent accommodations in a typically Polynesian style, a conducive environment to escape!

Each morning, guests will encounter Mother Nature and the beauties she has to offer. They will be treated to a majestic lagoon stretching out over the horizon.

Ranked by Jacques Cousteau as the most beautiful and riches site in the world, Rangiroa is a natural aquarium. It is the largest atoll in French Polynesia and the second largest in the world. Discover the beauties of the lagoon with TopDive Diving Center, located onsite at Hotel Kia Ora Resort and Spa. Divers will find “clouds of surgeons, mullet, wrasses, ballets of manta rays, schools of jackfish and barracudas, sharks, and dolphins.

 

Photographs courtesy of Hotel Kia Ora Resort and Spa and TopDive.

 

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Accommodations

The accommodations are surrounded by luxuries gardens and coconut trees offer total privacy. Each of the unique bungalows has a terrace where you can relax, sunbathe or enjoy the beautiful starry sky.

Several categories of accommodations are available to you:
· 19 Beach Bungalows
· 3 Beach Duplex Bungalows
· 3 Beach Deluxe Bungalows
· 20 Villas with pool
· 4 Junior Suites with pool
· 10 Overwater Bungalows
· 1 Executive Suite with pool

Available in every room:
· Air Conditioner
· Hair Dryer
· Flat Screen Television
· I-Pod Station
· Telephone & Internet Access
· Kettle with coffee / tea amenities
· Bathrobes & Slippers
· Iron & Ironing Board
· Terrace with Lounge Chairs
· Mini Refrigerator
· Safety Deposit Box
· Soap, Shower Gel, Shampoo, Conditioner, Moisturizer

 

Dining

Whether you enjoy a homemade cocktail on the terrace of the Miki Miki Bar overlooking the lagoon, or a delicious meal at the Te Rairoa Restaurant, you will enjoy Rangiroa’s unique flavors. Overlooking the lagoon, the Miki Miki Bar is the perfect place to enjoy a cocktail and admire the magnificent sunsets. The Chef will offer you an exceptional culinary experience combining Polynesian and international cuisine. Some dishes enhanced with local coconut milk, pineapple, mango, vanilla or Rangiroa honey will surprise you.

 

Spa and fitness

Nestled in the heart of the hotel’s coconut grove, the Poekura Spa, which means “Pearl of Light” in Tahitian, is a true oasis of tranquility and relaxation that provides a wide range of beauty treatments and rituals. Two bungalows for massages with double cabins and the Vaimiti area, a Fare Pote equipped with two Polynesian rain showers, are at your disposal for treatments and massages. Oriental, Balinese or hot stone massage, foot reflexology, after-sun care, exfoliating and Japanese rituals, beauty treatments and the famous traditional Polynesian massage – Taurumi. For each of these wellness experiences, the resort’s therapists use the prestigious products of the Sothys brand or the oils from the exclusive Poekura Spa range, created with Polynesian ingredients such as monoi, tamanu, vanilla, coconut, mango and passion fruit.

Nestled in the heart of the hotel’s coconut grove, the Aito Fitness Center is available at your convenience for your personal training.

 

Activities

Rangiroa is the largest atoll in French Polynesia, offering a gigantic water playground.

Whether you like relaxing on the beach or around the pool, scuba diving, snorkeling or simply riding bicycles, you can satisfy all your desires in Rangiroa! Their team will help you to choose the most exciting excursion to make your stay in Rangiroa the most entertaining and fulfilling. Popular excursions include: The Blue Lagoon, The Reef Island, The Pink Sand Beach and Drift Snorkeling in the Tiputa Pass.

Just relaxing:

Read a book in a hammock by the beach in the shade of the coconut trees. Relax in the pool and have the feeling of floating in the lagoon beneath the endless sky. Kayaks and Tahitian canoes are available.

Many hammocks are ideally located along the beach in the shade of coconut trees to read in peace in a quiet and privileged setting. No one will disturb you except for the beautiful white doves that fly above you. Feel free to enjoy the translucent and the abundant marine life of Rangiroa. The pool boy team will provide you with the snorkeling equipment you need for a pleasant swim.

Visit local: What better way to discover an island than to walk around the alleys and chat with the locals? The hotel’s activities desk offers various options for travelling around the island:
· Bicycle
· Electric Bicycle
· Scooter
· Electric Car
· Car

Take the time to discover and make your souvenir purchases.

The Catholic Church of Avatoru has a magnificent exterior mother-of-pearl sculpture that every believer respects and salutes. Masses in French Polynesia are warm and colorful, the inhabitants wear their most beautiful hats and sing religious songs. You will easily find this church but other places of worship as well. The island has five different religious professions.

Did you know that Rangiroa is one of the capital cities of the Tuamotu archipelago? The island has the only Junior High School in the Tuamotus and welcomes many boarding school teenagers from different neighboring islands such as Manihi, Tikehau, Mataiva, Fakarava… You will not miss this school by its large structure.

Discover Rangiroa!

The activities desk offers you excursions to fully enjoy the enormous atoll of Rangiroa – 200 km in circumference and its large lagoon.

Blue Lagoon:

Departure from the hotel is at 9:00 am towards the Blue Lagoon – a small lagoon on the reef of the huge Rangiroa lagoon. After a boat crossing of about an hour, you will arrive on this sublime landscape surrounded by crystal clear waters. The guide will take you to visit the motu (small neighboring islets) to discover some of the fauna and flora. On site, you can enjoy a soft drink, feet in the water and admire the splendor of the landscape. Back on the motu, a magnificent barbecue will await you for lunch. You can then sunbathe, snorkel or take a nap in the shade of a coconut tree. Before heading back, you will observe a multitude of sharks and for the more adventurous, you can swim with them in their sanctuary.

Jet Ski:

Jet-Ski tours with a guide will seduce everybody from amateurs to professionals! The trips are varied and offer the discovery of Rangiroa’s magnificent lagoon. Whether you drive the jet-ski yourself or accompanied by your instructor individually or in small groups, the different excursions help you discover the main sites of the lagoon. You can combine a visit to a pearl farm, a diving trip, snorkeling and many others. In most cases, the departures are from the pontoon of the hotel. Snorkeling equipment is provided for all outings. Don’t forget your sunscreen and waterproof camera. You can also

enjoy the Subwing which is a first in Rangiroa! It is a submarine wing towed by a jet-ski at a speed of 4 to 7km/h. A pleasant cruising speed allows you to discover the seabed without too much physical effort. Try it out!

Reef Island:

Depart from the hotel at 9:00 am towards the Reef Island to discover this exceptional site. After a boat crossing of about an hour, a sublime landscape of crystal-clear waters will await you. The guide will take you on a walk to discover the reef island. You can then swim in the coral gardens and discover magnificent tropical fishes. It will then be time to enjoy a wonderful barbecue prepared by the team and discover Polynesian culture with a session of basket and hat weaving. A last stop not to be missed, the discovery of sharks, before the return crossing by boat.

Dolphins:

About 10 minutes from the hotel is the Tiputa Pass, a natural channel about 200 meters wide between Avatoru Islet – where the hotel is located – and Tiputa Islet. Many marine animals travel through this pass, attracted by the plankton generated in this area thanks to the complex encounter between the ocean and lagoon currents. The Tiputa Pass is one of the best diving spots in the world to observe many marine animals: Manta Rays, Eagle Rays, Napoleon fish, Hammerhead sharks and many other varieties of sharks and tropical fish. But the highlight of the show, of course, are the wild dolphins that majestically jump out of the water! At sunset, when the sea currents are stronger, you can watch the dolphins jumping and playing in the waves!

Wine Cellar:

Unique in the world, wine are produced from vines grown on the coral islets of Rangiroa. It is only in Rangiroa that you can see a vineyard among coconut trees! Dominique Auroy, a businessman from Normandy, started growing vines in Rangiroa in 1992 and succeeded after several years of tests and efforts in 1999. Two grape varieties are cultivated (Carignan and Muscat de Hambourg), drawing from the atoll soil and tanned by the Polynesian sun. The harvests take place twice a year, during the summer and southern winter, to produce white and rosé wines. Only 40,000 bottles are produced each year.

Wedding: Romance under the skies of the South Seas

The Activities Desk of the Hotel Kia Ora Resort & Spa will be pleased to assist you in the organization of your wedding or renewal of vows in respect to the Polynesian traditions. The traditional ceremony is performed by the “Tahua” – Tahitian priest- followed by a Polynesian dance show. You will arrive on a Polynesian outrigger canoe dressed in the Tahitian style (white pareos, wreaths of flowers). Keishi (small natural pearls) wedding rings will symbolize your union. This unforgettable moment will be accompanied by a traditional Polynesian dance show and a glass of champagne.

Scuba Diving: Let’s discover the underwater world!

The island of Rangiroa is one of the best diving spots in the world. You can observe dolphins, manta rays, grey sharks and many other species in tropical temperature water all year round. The Top Dive Diving Center is located right at the Hotel Kia Ora Resort & Spa. Diving departures are made right from the hotel’s pontoon. Famous among divers around the world, Rangiroa diving spots offer clear water and a prolific aquatic fauna. Dives in Rangiroa will bring you unforgettable diving experiences.

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An Introduction to Tahiti & French Polynesia

Around 4000 BC, a great migration began from south-east Asia across open- ocean to settle the Pacific Islands. Many researchers conclude that Tonga and Samoa were settled around 1300 BC and from here colonization voyages were launched to the Marquesas Islands in about 200 BC. Over the next several centuries, great migrations to colonize all the Tahitian islands and virtually the entire South Pacific took place.

This area of the Pacific Ocean is now called the “Polynesian Triangle” and includes Hawaii to the north, Easter Island to the south-east and New Zealand to the south-west. As a result of these migrations, the native Hawaiians and the Maoris of New Zealand all originate from common ancestors and speak a similar language collectively known as Maohi.

Tahiti covers over two million square miles of the South Pacific Ocean and is comprised of 118 islands spread over five great archipelagos.

Many islands are crowned with jagged peaks while others appear to barely float above the breaking waves. Spread over an area as large as Western Europe, the total land mass of all the islands adds up to an area only slightly larger than the tiny state of Rhode Island.

The three archipelagos most sought by visitors are the Society Islands, comprised of Tahiti, Moorea, Bora Bora, Huahine, Raiatea and Taha'a; The Tuamotu Atolls or "Tahiti's Strand of Pearls", include the atolls of Rangiroa, Manihi, Tikehau, and Fakarava; and the Marquesas, or "The Mysterious Islands."

The two other archipelagos, the Austral Islands and the Gambier Islands, lie to the south and the southeast, respectively, of the Society Islands. While very few travelers venture to these remote islands, those that do are not disappointed by the pristine environment.

Around all the islands of Tahiti, dramatic views continue below the water. Divers and snorkelers are amazed by the density of large marine life. Regular encounters include manta rays whose gigantic wingspan eclipses the passing diver; schools of dolphin dancing along the surf; sharks seemingly at every turn; and, in the Austral Islands, humpback whales thrill the lucky spectators in their annual parade.

These stunning islands offer a fantastic array of delights that visitors will always remember – be one those fortunate people and book today.


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