Hotel Kia Ora Resort & Spa Reviews & Specials - Bluewater Dive Travel

Hotel Kia Ora Resort and Spa

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Destination: French Polynesia

B.P. 198, Avatoru, Rangiroa, French Polynesia, 98775 Avatoru, French Polynesia | Full-board + 2 dives from $490++/night

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Hotel Kia Ora Quick Pitch 

This full-service resort was designed with elegance and relaxation in mind. Its white sand beaches, turquoise waters, deluxe spa, and world-renowned diving, Kia Ora is paradise.


Quick Information 

  • No of Rooms: 60
  • Dive Center: On-site
  • Amenities: AC, spa, fitness center, infinity pool, private beach, gift shop, billiards room, petanque, book exchange, kayaks and canoes, babysitting, fax/copy service, laundry service, airport transfer, Nitrox
  • WiFi: Free WiFi is available in all areas
  • Nearest International Airport: Faa'a International Airport
  • Airport shuttle: Yes


How to Get There 

Air Tahiti Nui operates international flights along major international air routes to Papeete, the capital. Air Tahiti operates one to three domestic flights daily from Papeete to Rangiroa with a flight time of approximately 1 hour. Hotel Kia Ora Resort & Spa is just a 10-minute bus ride from the Rangiroa airport. Airport/hotel transfers are available.  


Dive Overview 

Exquisite diving for everyone, from beginners to experts. The warm French Polynesian waters host a huge variety of marine life and geography, ensuring true underwater adventures.


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Types of Rooms, Amenities and Photos

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Hotel Kia Ora Room Overview 

The 60 guest rooms are all independent cottages. Built in traditional Polynesian architectural style with modern design, the guest rooms are large and spacious. Choose from three types - Overwater Bungalow, Pool Villa and Beach Bungalow, whatever suits your taste and style. All rooms are equipped with the following amenities:

  • Air conditioning
  • Ceiling fan
  • Private terrace
  • Refrigerator
  • Safety box
  • Telephone
  • iPod station (30-pin) & radio
  • TV
  • Coffee & tea set
  • Hair dryer
  • Iron & ironing board
  • Amenity goods (shampoo, conditioner, body soap, body lotion, shower cap)
  • Slippers, bathrobe, bath towel, face towel, pool towels
  • Free Wi-Fi available in all buildings including the guest rooms


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Beach Bungalows

Beach Bungalows

Private Polynesian-style bungalows situated along the white sandy beach. This guest room uses natural styling in Polynesian taste, decorated with local arts and crafts, pearls and coral. Polynesian wooden carvings and wall paintings seen throughout the room create a tropical atmosphere. Each room comes with an outdoor Jacuzzi on the terrace overlooking the lagoon – take in the panoramic view of the lagoon spread out over the horizon. Rock in the hammock alongside the beach for a holiday in paradise.

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Beach Deluxe Bungalows


Beach Deluxe Bungalow offers a very large bedroom living room combined with an exceptional view of the lagoon. On the terrace you can enjoy an infinity jet-stream swimming pool just a few meters from the lagoon.

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Beach Duplex Bungalows


This "double-decker" Beach Bungalow is great for families. It has two single beds downstairs and a king-sized bed upstairs in a separate bedroom. 

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Pool Villas


Villa type guest room surrounded by white coral walls. The bedroom, living room and shower room are all in one area, giving the guestroom a spacious feeling during your stay. The locally made Polynesian-style decor and furniture create a gentle and comfortable atmosphere. Inside the private garden, a private pool, terrace and a gazebo called the falepote, and an open-air bathtub await. Enjoy sunbathing on the terrace or stargazing from the bathtub - relax in Tahitian time in this villa.

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Junior Suites with Pool

These bungalows are just like the Villas with pool but have a separate living room which is great for entertaining friends or for sleeping an extra person. 

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Executive Suite with Pool

Executive Suite with Pool

With two separate bedrooms, two bathrooms and a living room, this multi-module accommodation is great for families of up to 5 people.

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Overwater Bungalows


Overwater bungalows afloat one of the most beautiful lagoons in all of Tahiti. From your room, go through the terrace and the deck to find yourself right inside the clear, lagoon. The main room that serves as the bedroom and living room is spacious and modern. Sit on the lime green sofa and look down - like a private aquarium, gaze at the colorful tropical fish of Rangiroa through the floor glass. Rest on your bed and look out at the beautiful lagoon of Rangiroa through the two giant windows. Time to relax and enjoy the color gradation of the ocean as time passes.


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Resort Facilities

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Hotel Kia Ora Restaurant Hotel Kia Ora's Miki Miki Bar

The restaurant & bar

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The pool & massage


Hotel Kia Ora Features

  • Te Rairoa Restaurant
  • Miki Miki Overwater Bar
  • Poekura Spa (two rooms with two double-cabin massage rooms and one rain shower room)
  • Aito Fitness Centre
  • Infinity Swimming Pool with Jacuzzi
  • Gift Shop and Tahitian Pearl Jewelry Shop
  • TOPDIVE Diving Center
  • Complimentary snorkeling equipment
  • Complimentary bottle of water daily
  • Babysitting upon request (reservations required)
  • Currency exchange available at the front desk
  • Laundry service (no dry cleaning)


Hotel Kia Ora Room Food & Drinks

The main dining, Te Rairoa, is situated in the middle of the resort. The restaurant is open all day for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Choose from a wide range of offerings from our menu, from casual and light meals to authentic French cuisine. Miki Miki Bar, the water bar, offers a variety of tropical drinks, Hinano Tahitian beer and Kia Ora original cocktails.

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Hotel Kia Ora Resort Activities

  • Wild Dolphins Spectacle
  • Excursions (day trips)
  • Diving
  • Snorkeling
  • Sightseeing
  • Polynesian Dance


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Package & Rates

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For information regarding rates, availability, and packages drop us an email at or call us at 310-915-6677 and we will gladly help you plan your dream dive vacation!


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Dive Information

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Rangiroa Dive Overview

Rangiroa is the largest atoll in French Polynesia and the second one in the world: it could contain in its center the whole island of Tahiti. Rangiroa is a natural aquarium, ranked by Jacques Cousteau as the most beautiful and the richest site in the world. Discover the beauties of the lagoon through various excursions: glass bottom boat, Blue Lagoon excursion to the island with reefs and pink sands, Bird Island. Divers will find: “clouds” of surgeons, mullet, wrasses, ballets of manta rays, schools of jackfish or barracudas, sharks of all types (grey, white or black tip, hammerhead) and dolphins. Finally, the pearl farming is part of the daily life of the inhabitants of the atoll.



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Dive Center Information

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Dive Center Overview 

For the guests' convenience, the TOP DIVE Rangiroa dive shop is inside the hotel and the boat to the diving point takes off from the hotel's dock. The dive shop holds four Fun Diving courses daily based on diving levels - divers can choose from a wide range of courses such as PADI advanced course and diving lessons for beginners.


Dive Center Features

  • Yacht services
  • Private boat
  • Private instructor
  • GoPro Rental
  • Nearby snack bar
  • Snorkeling
  • Nitrox
  • Diving for kids
  • Drift dive
  • Discovery dive
  • 2 tank dive
  • Sharks encounter
  • Nearby beach
  • Sunset dive


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Other Information

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Practical Information

  • Electricity: 220 Volts
  • Time zone: UTC-9
  • Languages: Japanese, French & English
  • Accept Credit Cards?: Yes, Visa & Master Card

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Got Questions? Ready to Book?

Call us today at 310-915-6677 or email us

And let us book your dream vacation!


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Underwater Gallery

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Reviews (1)


We visited the newly renovated Kia Ora Resort this past March, 2013 for a scuba diving vacation. My husband and I also stayed at the Kia Ora in January, 2012 when it first re-opened and about seven years ago before it was renovated, so we have really seen see the major changes in this property over time. Overall, the resort is remarkably improved with better accommodations, better food, and much better service.

We had originally planned to stay for four nights, but were having such an incredible stay that we extended our stay for a total of seven nights. We spent the first night in one of the beach bungalows which are directly beachfront and have amazing views of Rangiroa's multi-hued turquoise lagoon. All the beach bungalows have a sitting area and a bedroom with a large sized bathroom. Interestingly, the beach bungalow structures themselves are not rebuilt as are the garden bungalows. The furniture inside is new and the outdoor deck/chairs are new. Additionally, there are new jacuzzi tubs on all the decks which allow you to enjoy the sunset from the relaxation of your own jacuzzi, which can be heated or remain at air temperature if you wish. Overall, the beach bungalows are improved, but it would have been better if the resort had replaced these old bungalows with entirely new structures which were more modern, luxurious, and more private. It should be noted that all of the beach bungalows are very close together so there isn't much privacy on your deck.

Since our newly installed jacuzzi wasn't working, the hotel offered to upgrade us to one of their new garden pool villas. Even though I really enjoyed the beachfront view of our beach bungalow, we decided to move rooms since the garden pool bungalows were much larger, more private, had central air conditioning - which was much more effective than the small unit in the beach bungalow - and because the villas were much more luxurious. We really enjoyed using the private plunge pool and lounging on our deck which was surrounded by a wall to ensure privacy. The bathroom has a large shower and there is also a full tub outside.

The main bar area is also remodeled and has glass sections in the floor which offer views of the fish below, which is a very nice touch. Off to the side of the bar is a new infinity pool which is completely breathtaking and usually unoccupied. Behind the pool is the main restaurant. This is where we had breakfast, lunch, and dinner each day. All of the food we had was very good -- especially the fresh fish -- and the service was impeccable. The servers went out of their way to make your meal a pleasant experience and even prepared some dishes that weren't on the menu to satisfy our wishes.

We dove everyday with "The Six Passengers" which was a truly amazing experience. Since this was our fourth trip to Rangiroa, we wanted to spend each day diving as we feel the diving here is better than almost anywhere in the world. We saw schools of grey reef sharks, tons of bottlenose dolphins, schools of eagle rays, silvertip sharks, and even the Great Hammerhead shark! The Six Passengers is a fantastic operation and they will come to pick you up at the Kia Ora to bring you to their dive shop which is right down the street. The Kia Ora offers diving with "Top Dive" which is onsite and is also a great dive shop. Both the Tiputa Pass and the Avatoru Pass are must dives as well as the "Sunset Dive" at Tiputa.

We will definitely be back here again. The only minus is how expensive this place is. Hopefully, the Kia Ora can remain somewhat reasonable with their specials such as the "stay 5, pay 3" special. Packages through dive travel agencies are also lower than booking directly with the resort, especially during off peak times.

Visited on 03/2013 - Submitted on 04/24/2014


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