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“Great excursion with Leon and the Paati crew”
Review of Ile aux Recifs

Ile aux Recifs
Ranked #2 of 11 things to do in Avatoru
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Reviewed December 29, 2013

We opted for reef island based on recommendations from some locals; they said if we could only see one site, reef island was the best. IT WAS! Beautiful formations 7 feet or higher with tide pools....it was about a 2 hour boat ride each way because waters were choppy. Recommend hats, long sleeves, and sunscreen for those of fairer skin. This was an all day excursion. We burned even with all of the above. Very unique experience that i preferred over the famed Blue Lagoon.

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Reviewed November 23, 2013

I visted there joining a boat tour from Rangiroa.
Not only the Ile auz Recifs but also the crew was also fantastic !

1  Thank Mitsuru
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Reviewed October 28, 2013

We visited reef island while we were on rangiroa. Just as the blue lagoon, the reef island is amazing. The rock formations are almost 'moonlike'. It will be a long day if you visit reef island (just as blue lagoon). I liked the blue lagoon a little bit more, but I also recommnd reef island to visitors of rangiroa.

1  Thank travelholic80
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Reviewed September 27, 2013

After reading the reviews about Pati's excursion to Ile aux recifs on trip advisor we decided this was the tour we wanted to do during our one day off in Rangiroa from diving and it was the right choice. First of all, the excursion offered through our hotel at Kia Ora was 110,000 xpf versus 7500 directly with Pati's. We found the number for them on the Rangiroa travel website.(the site is listed here on Trip advisor) No one picked up the first number so we called the second number which was Leon's mobile, and he told us that he'd know by 8pm if the tour was happening the next day. I guess with it being such a small local operation and they don't work directly with the bigger hotels, they plan their tours on a daily basis. We weren't in the room when he called to say the tour was on but he left a message with the hotel and the next day when we waited 15 min past his estimated pick-up time of 8:30 and still didn't see their van, we got nervous that our one day off was shot. However he did eventually show up(about 20 min late) and the all day trip was beyond worth it. The hour long boat ride with Leon and his two crew members along with the two of us and 8 other French passengers to Robinson Crusoe like island of Ile aux Recifs was bumpy and uncomfortable, but once we got there the fun started immediately with snorkeling in the shallow clear pass brimming with colorful corals, giant clams and tropical fish. When you initially get off the boat, Leon will tell everyone to leave their bags behind and take only the basic essentials, since you'll be doing alot of walking in the water. Take a backpack w/ the camera, some water, sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, swim suit, snorkel and mask, tshirt or rashguard, and wear water shoes that are good for walking. Leave the fins, towels, and anything extra on the boat. After snorkeling we walked across the pass and along the rocky beach for 20 min to a series of sculpturesque ancient coral outcrops sticking out of the ocean that have greyed and petrified with time to resemble jagged lava stones. On the outer side of the corals is the open ocean and on the inner side are small pools of still lagoon water perfect for dipping. After sometime there we walked for another 20min or so across the lagoon to a little motu where Leon and his helper were grilling fresh mahi mahi for our bbq lunch. what a perfect set-up they have-they've built a little polynesian style pergola dining hut right on the beach with a big table and an outdoor bbq grill. The rest of our belongings were already waiting for us there. The poisson cru, grilled mahi mahi, chicken,coconut bread, seasoned rice, and banana cake was the best meal we've had in all of Rangiroa. In the shallow lagoon infront of us there were 40-50 blk tipped reef sharks waiting for our left-over fish and we had alot of fun watching the feeding frenzy. After lunch Leon taught us how to weave Polynesian baskets and then we were off on our journey back. There was another snorkel stop near the Tiputa Pass with a ton of colorful fish and afterwards they played the guitar and ukelele and sang some gorgeous Polynesian songs for us on the boat. How musically talented they all are! Then Leon drove us into the pass to look for dolphins-we saw one or two swimming next to our boat which was very exciting. When we arrived at the dock there was a huge cargo ship off -loading supplies and the local children were running around excitedly welcoming our boat which made for a fun landing. On the drive back to the hotel from the dock, Leon's crew sat on the front of the boat being towed, singing more songs with the ukelele as tourists and locals stared amused, and we realized that these guys truly enjoy what they do on this little atoll and that we've experienced genuine local hospitality at it's best.

3  Thank alyssa00
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Reviewed September 5, 2013

We were there with Leon & his Pataa'i excursions. Great crew, best day! Don't miss it! Snorkeling if wonderful, the reef landscape is very impressive, the lunch is awesome and you will even learn how to make a local handbag.

Thank Michael V
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