Explore the Infinite Shades of Blue of Fakarava Lagoon

Why we love it

In the middle of the Pacific Ocean, 450km northeast of Tahiti lies Fakarava, the second largest atoll of French Polynesia. Part of the Tuamotus Archipelago, and a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, the lagoon waters 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! Between dives, bike across the village with its gorgeous, flower-lined roads, bright coral churches, and quaint homes. Stop at the boulangerie for a snack or dine at any of the beachside restaurants. At night, marvel at the infinite shades of blue lagoon that inspired Matisse, and toast to spectacular sunsets from the beach. Extend your trip with more dives in Rangiroa (the atoll next door!).


The dive center has been built entirely in wood and uses rain water. They ask their clients to only use reef-safe sunscreen. They promote local employment.

Who is it for?

For pelagic lovers, beginners can dive in the lagoon while experienced divers will enjoy the drift dives in the passes. Non-diving partners are welcome: cycling, kayaking, excursions on other beaches and lagoons, snorkeling, pearl farm visit, or sit back with a coconut cocktail.

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).

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.

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 buoyancy 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: Garuae 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 2016
  • Number of boats: 2
  • Courses up to Divemaster, ask us
  • Instruction in English and French
  • 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.

Visa, Flights & more!


  • Please check the current visa policy that applies for your country. However, 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.

How to get there?

  • From USA: United Airlines, Air Tahiti Nui, Hawaiian Airlines and Air France.
  • From Australia: Air Tahiti Nui thanks to partnership 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!


  • Bring sunscreen, a hat, a rash guard, a sweater or lightweight jacket, walking shoes, insect repellent, mask and snorkel, your own medicine (for lack of pharmacies)

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