Rangiroa is the largest atoll of the Tuamotu Archipelago, which comprises 78 coral atolls scattered over several hundred miles of the eastern Pacific Ocean. Life on these remote atolls is simple, quiet and peaceful. In the small villages, the visitor can discover the true flavor of the Tuamotu, often participating in the daily activities of the Paumotu people. The interior lagoons are a haven for black pearl farms, fish breeding farms, snorkeling and scuba diving.
The following Shore Excursions are available for this port on this cruise, and may be reserved beginning 240 days before the cruise begins for guests receiving Concierge amenities, and 180 days before the cruise begins for all other guests. Guests receiving Concierge amenities will receive a 5% discount off of the prices shown below for Regent Choice tours.
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Get acquainted with the coral gardens and tropical fish of Rangiroa during this scenic glass-bottom boat tour.
Depart the pier aboard a glass-bottom boat, then slowly float over the huge coral heads that cluster in shallow areas inside the Tiputa Channel. Along the way, you will see a colorful world of fish through the large windows. You may also encounter black-tipped sharks, and if lucky, catch a glimpse of the majestic Napoleon fish.
During the tour, your Polynesian boat crew will attract the fish directly under the glass panels to make it easy for you to observe and photograph them. A cover will provide protection from the sun and eliminate glare, enabling you to take home great pictures.
Following your tour, you will be transferred back to the pier.
Please note: This is not a snorkeling tour. The tour includes limited walking; however it is not suitable for wheelchair guests. Lightweight clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. While marine life is widely present in this region; sightings cannot be guaranteed. Although the guides used are the best available, they are not certified and they may have limited English speaking skills.
"Rangiroa's spectacular and diverse marine life is yours to discover during this scenic snorkeling tour in the Tuamotu Islands.
Depart the pier via local boat for the ride to Motu Nui Nui, a natural, open-water aquarium renowned for its marine life. Upon arrival, you will receive your safety instructions, then enter the water to explore your surroundings. Along the way, you will observe an abundance of colorful fish, coral and marine life. Your guide will offer assistance in the water, and throughout the tour. During the tour, you will also have an opportunity to hand-feed the fish. Following your snorkeling session, you will be transferred back to the pier.
Please note: Participants must be in good physical condition, be good swimmers and fit to negotiate steps and vessel surroundings. Guests must be comfortable wearing the snorkeling equipment provided (mask and snorkel), being in deep water and able to cope with occasional currents. Fins are not provided. Swimwear worn under a cover-up, sun protection, biodegradable sunscreen, a towel and flat comfortable shoes or aquasocks are recommended. Guests are cautioned not to touch or step on any coral for both safety and environmental reasons. Those participating in any water activities do so at their own risk and responsibility. Wildlife sightings are likely but never guaranteed. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Although the guides used are the best available, they may have limited English skills; thus, narration will be very sparse or even non-existent.
"Explore Rangiroa's black pearl industry, learn about pearl cultivation and shop for unset black pearls during this memorable visit to a black pearl farm.
Depart the pier for the drive along Rangiroa's main road, past the airport and on to the black pearl farm. Most pearl farms are small-sized, and the number of workers at this farm is quite representative of the farms in this region.
Upon arrival at the farm, the staff will give you a brief lecture about the farming and production of black pearls. You will learn about the chronology and evolution of the industry, and how oysters are selected, grown and then grafted for production. Following the lecture, you will proceed to the work sheds where oysters are sorted and cleaned, and watch a grafter at work as he skillfully plies his trade.
The highlight of the excursion will be an opportunity to view a selection of unset black pearls that are available for purchase. Here, your guide will show you the criteria for grading pearls in terms of quality. The shape and luster are very important. You will see the round, baroque and semi-baroque pearls ranging in grades from C to A.
Following your visit, you will re-board your mini-van for the return drive to the pier.
Please note: Walking on this tour is mainly at guests’ discretion. As vehicles don’t have a storage area, tour is not recommended to wheelchair guests. The short transfer to the pearl farm is not guided; it is operated by minibus/van and some jump seats may be used. This tour is for guests who are interested in learning about pearl cultivation, or for those shopping for unset black pearls. The prices are fixed; cash, Visa or MasterCard are accepted. The Tuamotus are very remote islands and although the guides used are the best available, they are not certified and have limited English skills.
Terms & Conditions:
Free Unlimited Shore Excursions are for full fare guests only, capacity controlled and subject to availability. Requested excursions may not be available at time of booking. Supplement will apply on Regent Choice excursions (indicated by the above) and excludes Private Arrangements and all Adventures Ashore programs. Concierge benefits do not apply to Executive Collection private cars or other private arrangements. In order to ensure quality guides and sufficient transportation, we must provide the tour operator with passenger counts at least 36 hours in advance. Therefore no refunds will be given within 36 hours of tour departure for cancellations or no-shows. Please pay special attention to scheduling and tour lengths when booking your shore excursions. In many cases, it is not possible to participate in more than one tour per day in a given port. Tour Departure times are subject to change so please reference your actual tour ticket for the correct departure time. Tours operate rain or shine. Minor children 17 years and under must be accompanied by a an adult 18 years or older on all shore excursions. Tours require minimum participation levels to operate so please sign up as early as possible. Tours may be cancelled if minimum participation levels are not met. Prices, Itineraries and General Information shore excursion prices are subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases or currency fluctuations. Please consult the Destination Services Desk onboard for information. During local or national holidays, access to certain facilities (such as museums or archaeological sites) may be limited or denied. In such instances, adjustments will be made to minimize inconvenience to guests. Some tours have limited availability. Tours are generally available for reserving 180 days prior to the beginning of a cruise. Please sign up early to avoid disappointment. Regent Seven Seas Cruises reserves the right to require guests to complete a liability waiver for select shore excursions. For more information, please visit the Destination Services Desk onboard.