Rangiroa and Fakarava are a diver's paradise—Jacques Cousteau declared Rangiroa as one of the most beautiful waters on Earth. This atoll is the biggest in French Polynesia, and its Tiputa Pass is home to hundreds of sharks, including grey reef sharks, silky sharks, lemon sharks, white tips, black tips, and—in season—great hammerheads!
Fakarava Atoll, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, is teeming with marine life: healthy corals, hundreds of sharks, schools of fish, dolphins, and manta rays are commonly seen. In Moorea, humpback whales come every year from the end of July through October to give birth. Snorkeling with them is an unforgettable experience! Combining Rangiroa, Fakarava, and Moorea is the best way to discover French Polynesia's most exciting dive and snorkel sites.
In Rangiroa, the dive center is part of Longitude 181, which promotes responsible scuba diving and routinely runs ocean cleanup sessions. In Fakarava, the dive center has been constructed entirely of wood and uses rainwater. They ask their clients to only use reef-safe sunscreen and promote local employment. In Moorea, you can discover humpback whales with a renowned scientist.
Experienced divers who are attracted to large, offshore pelagic wildlife will find this a great destination. With strong currents in the passes, drift dives are common. Non-diving partners also have much to enjoy, with hundreds of picturesque beachy islands (known locally as "Motu"), there is plenty to explore. Excursions to Rangiroa's Blue Lagoon and Fakarava's Pink Sand Beach make brilliant day trips. On Rangiroa's main island, you won't want to miss out on visiting Gauguin's Pearl Farm or watching the bottlenose dolphins jumping at Tiputa Pass at the end of the afternoon! There are several activities available for non-divers in Moorea, such as snorkeling, trekking, stand-up paddle or kayaking.