Rangiroa and Its Famous Wall of Sharks

Why we love it

Rangiroa is a diver’s paradise - Jacques Cousteau declared it as one of the most beautiful waters on Earth. This atoll is the biggest of 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, the great hammerheads! With hundreds of picturesque beachy islands (known locally as “Motu”) there is a lot to explore in the area. Excursions to Rangiroa Blue Lagoon and Pink Sand Beach make splendid day trips. On the main island, don’t miss Gauguin’s Pearl Farm and the bottlenose dolphins jumping at Tiputa Pass at the end of the afternoon!

Conservation

The dive center is part of Longitude 181 that promotes responsible scuba diving and they routinely run ocean cleanup sessions.

Who is it for?

Experienced divers who like big, offshore pelagic wildlife. Strong currents in the passes, drift dives are common. Itinerary idea: extend your trip with more dives in Fakarava! Non-diving partners are welcome and can enjoy: cycling, kayaking, snorkeling, going on excursions to other beaches and lagoons, visiting a pearl farm, or sipping cocktails from coconuts.

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 10 dives in Tiputa and/or Avatoru. Minimum of two divers.

What’s included?

  • Full Aqualung equipment, except dive computer.
  • Pick-up and drop off at guesthouse or hotel of the Avatoru District the days of diving.

What’s not included?

  • Any flights, transfers, accommodation, food & beverage or other elements that are not mentioned in the above section

Dive briefing!

Marine life

  • Rangiroa is home to some of the greatest dive sites in the world.
  • Special thanks to the large congregations of sharks and other pelagic marine life, it’s not unusual to see 200+ sharks on a single dive! Grey reef, white tips, oceanic whitetips, silvertips, lemon sharks, great hammerheads, you have it all!
  • And also barracudas, manta rays in season, spotted eagle rays, napoleon, small sharks in the lagoon, turtles, anthias, groupers, triggerfish, multicolored butterfly and angel fish, lobsters…
  • Interesting topography with the canyons and the shark’s cavern.

Dive conditions

  • Season: diving all year long. High tourist season from June to September. 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

  • 2 main passes: Tiputa and Avatoru with Tiputa having the most dive sites.
  • Drift dives in the passes require good buoyancy skills and experience with currents.
  • Inside the lagoon, dive sites have less current and can be more shallow with beautiful coral gardens.
  • 2 to 3 boat dives a day (for the last dive of the day, a minimum of 3 participants are required)
  • Tiputa pass dive sites: the Sharks cavern, the Canyons, the Run, the Crossing, the Windmill, the Blue, the Half-windmill, the Angle.
  • Avatoru Pass dive sites: the Small pass, Avatoru Right side.

The Team

  • Operation created in 1995
  • Number of boats: 3
  • PADI 5-star and National Geographic Dive Center
  • Courses up to Advanced Open Water, ask us
  • Languages spoken: English, French, Italian, German
  • Maximum number of people per group: 6

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: in Tahiti, 450 km away from the atoll. No doctor on the island.

Visa, Flights & more!

Visa

  • Please check the current visa policy that applies for your country. (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 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!

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  • Bring sunscreen, a hat, a rash guard, a sweater or light weight jacket, walking shoes, insect repellent, mask and snorkel


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