Dive in the Infinite Shades of Blue of Fakarava Lagoon

Why we love it

In the middle of the Pacific Ocean, 450km North-East of Tahiti lies Fakarava, the second largest atoll of French Polynesia. Part of the Tuamotus Archipelago, and a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, the lagoon waters and marine life are exceptional: healthy corals, hundreds of sharks and schooling fish, dolphins, manta rays… with an exceptional visibility!After your dive, rent a bike and visit the village with its bougainvillea lined roads, bright coral churches, quaint homes, boulangerie, snacks and restaurants. At night, watch the infinite shades of blue of the lagoon that inspired Matisse, and the spectacular sunset from the beach. Extend your trip with more dives in Rangiroa, the atoll next door!

Conservation

The dive center is part of Longitude 181 that promotes responsible scuba diving.

Who is it for?

For pelagic lovers, beginners can dive in the lagoon while experienced divers will nejoy the drift dives in the passes. Non-diving partners are welcome: cycling, kayaking, excursions on other beaches and lagoons, snorkelling, pearl farm visit…

Dive briefing!

Marine life

  • Fakarava is one of the world’s best dive spots, and a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
  • Huge coral heads, schools of fish by the thousands, “walls” of sharks (grey reef sharks, black & white tip sharks, silky sharks, hammerheads) in the passes, dolphins, manta rays, humpback whales in season, barracudas, tunas, napoleon fish, groupers, butterfly, angel, surgeon fish… some good macro life too.
  • Fakarava is also home of a big marble groupers spawning event that attracts scientists and sharks every year.

Dive conditions

  • Season: diving all year long. June & July: groupers spawning event. July to September: manta rays. December to March: Great hammerheads.
  • Currents: strong and changing - some dive sites are not suitable for beginners or anyone that doesn’t feel comfortable in currents.
  • Visibility: 30 meters
  • Water temperature: 26 to 29 degrees Celsius
  • Depth: deep and shallow dives

Dive sites

  • Dives in the passes are drift dives, with canyons. They require good buyoancy skills and currents experience.
  • Inside the lagoon dive sites have less current, they are usually more shallow with beautiful coral gardens.
  • 2 main areas for diving: Garua pass in the North where most dives are - the pass is 1,6km wide, and Tumakohua pass in the South, 60km away
  • Dives sites in the North: Garuae Pass, Maiuru, Ohutu, Pufana. In the South: Tumakohua Pass
  • Up to three boat dives a day seven days a week. Two-tank dives in the morning and a third dive is possible in the afternoon with 4 people minimum.

The Team

  • Operation created in 2012
  • Number of boats: 1
  • Scubapro dive center
  • Courses up to divemaster, ask us
  • Instruction in English, French, Spanish, Italian. Notions of Japanese.
  • Maximum number of people per group: 5

Safety information

  • Equipment needed: the usual diving equipment.
  • Insurance: Both dive insurance and travel insurance are mandatory. We recommend Dive Assure that has plans to cover both - ask us for a quote.
  • Hyperbaric Chamber: at Tahiti, 450 km away from the atoll. No doctor on the island.

Prices and Dates

Dives are possible seven days a week. Contact us for more dives, and if you wish to do a Discover Scuba Diving, a course or a specialty.

The price is per person, for a package of 8 dives in North Pass & 2 dives in South Pass (day trip inclunding lunch). 2 divers minimum.

What’s included?

  • All equipment except Dive computer, SMB and camera. These can be rented.
  • Pick-up and drop off at guesthouse or hotel of the North pass the days of diving.

What’s not included?

  • Any flights, transfers, accommodation food and beverage or any other elements not mentioned in the above section.

Visa, Flights & more!

Visa

  • Many countries are entitled to a three-month stay without a visa.
  • You do not need a visitor visa if you are stopping off at a New Zealand airport on your way to another country, staying in New Zealand for less than 24 hours, and not leaving the transit area of the airport. However, you may require a transit visa.
  • Please check the current visa policy that applies for your country.

How to get there?

  • From USA: United Airlines, Air Tahiti Nui, Hawaiian Airlines and Air France.
  • From Australia: Air Tahiti Nui thanks to interline agreements with Qantas, Air New Zealand and Emirates.
  • From New Zealand: Air New Zealand and Air Tahiti Nui.
  • From France: Air France and Emirates have shortest flight time to Papeete.
  • Once in Papeete, French Polynesia, fly with Air Tahiti to go to Fakarava. If you want to visit more islands, you can purchase the Air Tahiti Multi-island Pass, it is really worth it!

More…

  • Bring sunscreen, a hat, a rashguard, a sweater or a light weight jacket, some walking shoes, insect repellent, mask and snorkel, prescription medicine if you need.


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