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Rangiroa dining

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Rangiroa dining

We are staying at the Kia Ora for 5 nights in Sept and were wondering if anyone has restaurant suggestions/recommendations. I've heard that some of the restaurants will arrange pick up and drop off.

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1. Re: Rangiroa dining

We were at the Kia Ora last month and we LOVED the Lagoon Grill! The front desk will make your reservations for you, and the owner will pick you up and drive you to the restaurant. He's then the waiter and the chef, and he returns you to the hotel afterwards too. He's very busy but does a great job.

We sat on the deck which had great views of the lagoon. We both had the seared ahi, which was done perfectly and had sides of rice and a small salad. For dessert we had homemade coconut and vanilla ice cream with chocolate topping. The entire meal was delicious! They also make great cocktails that are much better than we had a Kia Ora. There may be a wait since the owner is so busy, so just relax on the beautiful deck with a cocktail and enjoy paradise. They take all credit cards too.

The only other place that had pick up service at the hotel is VaiMario. Well, actually they have drop off service to be specific. The front desk at Kia Ora will arrange for a cab to pick you up, and the owner of VaiMario will drive you back to the Kia Ora after your dinner. The restaurant is a quaint little quiet place and the food is good. We had pizza, but they have a good selection on their menu.

While we were in Rangiroa, there was a power outage on part of the island so many places didn't have electricity. Luckily Kia Ora had a generator that kept everything up and running. Unfortunately Lagoon Grill didn't have power for 3 days so we couldn't return for another meal. We loved Lagoon Grill so much that we would have eaten there every night if we could.

We had planed to try some of the other restaurants but they too didn't have power either. Let me know if you have any other questions about Kia Ora or Rangiroa that I can help you with. We loved it and plan to return next year.

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2. Re: Rangiroa dining

Thanks so much for the information, we've added both restaurants to our list. Did you rent bikes and ride into town during your visit? Is there a supermarket or grocery store where we can pick up soda,beer and water near by? We are hoping our driver will allow us to stop on the way from the airport to the Kia Ora.

Did you find any nice snorkeling spots? We are scheduled to dive 3 of the 5 days we are there.

Thanks again! Cindi

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3. Re: Rangiroa dining

We rented bikes or scooters almost every day. There are at least 3 grocery stores that you can very easily ride to to get supplies, which we did often. Plus, we had to stop for ice cream bars a couple of times just to treat ourselves. I don't remember any of the stores being between the airport and Kia Ora, but not a big deal since you can get there by bike or scooter so easily.

There are refrigerators in the room so you stock up on drinks and snacks from the grocery store and keep them cold.

Also, make sure to take the bikes in the late afternoon or early evening to watch the dolphins play in the surf at the pass. It's awesome to watch them jumping and playing. Just ask at the desk and they can tell you exactly where to go and what time the surf is coming in that day. It's a very short bike ride. there.

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4. Re: Rangiroa dining

The Lagoon Grill was pretty good and excellent based upon limited options. For lunch there is a small stand/shack next to the Top Dive office that has inexpensive burgers. You can walk there easily along the beach.

When you exit the Kia Ora if you go to the right, away from the airport, there is a grocery store almost at the end of the road. Bike or car would be best but probably about a 1/2-3/4 mile walk.

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5. Re: Rangiroa dining

I and a friend are traveling to Rangiroa in January for a week at Kia Ora. Can you tell me how far it is from the resort to town? I've heard Chez Lili is the place for a good inexpensive meal. Also, how are the scooter rentals. We're both bikers and thinking it would be fun to spend a day just exploring on them. We have planned for the drift snorkel, blue lagoon and the pearl farm. I'm thrilled to learn that Kia Ora bills the room and we can pay when we check out. That worked well in Cabo several years ago.

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6. Re: Rangiroa dining

In all honesty the entire "island" is probably about 8 or so miles in length and narrow (from one block to about 3 blocks). We rented a car for a few hours and found very little to explore and very little to see. Dining is average at best and the Lagoon Grill is probably the best option. The Kia Ora restaurant is also very good but very expensive.

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