In the middle of the Pacific Ocean, 450 km northeast of Tahiti lies Fakarava, the second-largest atoll of French Polynesia. Part of the Tuamotus Archipelago, and a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, the North and South passes and the lagoon are teeming with marine life. It hosts some of the most healthy corals, hundreds of sharks, schooling fish, dolphins, and manta rays - all with truly exceptional visibility. Every year, in June or July, a marble grouper spawning event takes place, attracting hundreds of sharks! Between dives, bike across the village with its gorgeous, flower-lined roads, bright coral churches, and quaint homes. At night, marvel at the infinite shades of blue lagoon that inspired Matisse, and toast to spectacular sunsets from the beach.
The dive center in the North Pass has been built entirely of wood and uses rainwater. They ask their clients to only use reef-safe sunscreens. They promote local employment.
For pelagic lovers, beginners can dive in the lagoon while experienced divers will enjoy the drift dives in the passes. Non-diving partners are also welcome to partake in activities such as cycling, kayaking, excursions to other beaches and lagoons, snorkeling, visiting a pearl farm, or simply sitting back with a coconut cocktail.