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French Polynesia: Rangiroa
17 Mar 2014

Rangiroa was easily our favorite of all the islands we visited in French Polynesia. The people were the friendliest, the food and lodging was the cheapest, and the water was the closest.

We had originally planned to go diving here, but due to an unfortunate run-in with food poisoning/allergies we had to play it easy - which didn’t end up being so bad.

We spent the day in Rangiroa swimming with sharks and sting rays only meters from our bedroom, kayaking out and realizing how strong the currents are, and generally marveling at how beautiful the setting was. We also went on a free tour of one of the local pearl farms (pretty interesting overall).

Arrival

March 17, 2014

from Fakarava, French Polynesia

Departure

March 23, 2014

to Auckland, New Zealand

Elevation (m)

Travel Planning: Rangiroa, French Polynesia

Sunday, March 16, 2014 20:05

SCUBA

Raise Manta

  • website
  • Tiputa dive center Tel.: +689 72 31 45
  • Avatoru dive center Tel.: +689 96 84 80

Sleep

Rangiroa Lodge

  • website
  • 7,500/night for two w/ private bath
  • 5,500/night for two w/ shared bath
  • Tel.: +689 27 85 90
  • Owned by Loic et Lea

Turiroa Village

  • Olga.
  • Dorms are 2,500/person for 3 person dorms.
  • Bungalows are 10,000 for 3 people.
  • Free kayaks.
  • +689 96 04 27

Flying from Fakarava to Rangiroa

Monday, March 17, 2014 16:09
TimeLocation
4:09PMHostel owner is driving us to the airport.
4:15PMAt the airport.
4:27PMChecked in.
4:44PMBoarded.
4:52PMTake off!
5:32PMLanded!
5:49PMOn our way to the hotel.
5:59PMArrived!
TotalsTotals
Total air time0:40
Total flight legs1

Monday, March 17, 2014 18:01

Rangiroa Lodge

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 09:49

Where we stayed.

  • 278 590
  • Manarii manariih@outlook.fr

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 09:57

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 13:58

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 13:59

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 13:59

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 13:59

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 13:59

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 13:59

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 14:01

Oyster Farm Tour

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 14:04

Takes 5 years before oyster are ready

3 before big enough 2 years for pearl to form

Two parts to a pearl

Second part Graft is what gives the pearl color Sacrificed from another oyster. It’s the colorful part that grows around the center

Pretty much everything eats them

Attempt to make a second pearl from the same oyster Bigger nucleus. Doesn’t need graft Sometimes three generations Bigger and bigger each time

After jarvesting Every pearl goes to central place to be certified Always verify the papers for pearls bought

Each operator does 450 oysters a day on average Two years study to be a technician. Only school in the world

100km rope 2 million oysters

First shade round 1-2% Second shade not completely round semi-round Semi-boroque pearl all weird shapes Boroque first was round second is lopsided Fifth kind has rings around the sides

Four grades A best to D A is nearly flawless, less than 10% flaw only flaw is the setting b 20-30 C 30-60 D 60-100 and they do engravings Shiniest has a +

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 14:06

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014 14:29

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 14:30

Flying from Rangiroa to Fakarava

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 13:26
TimeLocation
1:18PMGetting a ride to the airport.
1:27PMStopping at the pearl farm.
1:46PMTo the airport.
1:53PMAt the airport.
1:59PMChecked in.
2:38PMBoarded.
2:45PMTake off!
3:24PMLanded!
3:58PMAt the hostel.
TotalsTotals
Total air time0:40
Total flight legs1

L 16.8 J 15

Arrival

March 17, 2014

from Fakarava, French Polynesia

Departure

March 23, 2014

to Auckland, New Zealand