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French Polynesia

Tiputa Pass is the space where the reef wall breaks, allowing marine life to stream into and out of the lagoon. Diving or snorkeling through the pass is a magnificent experience as long as you just go with the flow. (They call this "shooting the...

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You'll need to join an organized tour to get there, but a trip to the Blue Lagoon is well worth the experience. Located on the western edge of the Rangiroa atoll, about an hour by boat from Avatoru, it's like stepping into a postcard from...

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Tiputa, French Polynesia

If you want to experience the magnificence that is Tiputa Pass, but prefer to not get wet, you can shoot the pass in a glass-bottom boat. Tours here allow you to see the marine life through the floor of your vessel without having to worry about...

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BP 191, Avatoru 98775, French Polynesia

Many of the beautiful black pearls that the French Polynesian islands are known for are cultured and grown in the Tuamotus. Pay a visit to a working pearl farm like Gauguin's Pearl while on Rangiroa. You'll get a tour about the process of...

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B.P.198-98775 AVATORU-RANGIROA-POLYNESIE FRANCAISE, Avatoru 98775, French Polynesia

Rangiroa's best resort restaurant is at the Kia Ora Resort; besides its celebrated meals, it gives you a chance to dine on a deck perched directly over the lagoon. The menu offers a fusion of European, Asian and Pacific dishes that will...

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Rangiroa, French Polynesia

The best way to see all the top sites on the atoll is to hop on one of the lagoon-excursion day trips that are available here. These won't leave you much time to do anything else, but the tours take you through Tiputa Pass, stop in various spots...

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Right on the pier, this restaurant is run by the enigmatic Lili, who hails from Madagascar. The menu differs from the typical list of raw-fish-in-coconut-milk dishes found at most restaurants. Instead, expect rotating daily specials like chicken...

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This shop, run by well-known Polynesian artist Arno, sells his earth paintings in traditional and modern designs. The store also offers a range of souvenirs from T-shirts to bracelets and necklaces made from shells.

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On the eastern edge of Avatoru, Ikimasho is where to head to for very creative and locally designed jewelry, including some pieces made with black pearls and/or bone. You'll find everything from pendants to rings and from earrings to bracelets...