Rangiroa and Its Famous Wall of Sharks

Why we love it

Rangiroa is a diver’s paradise. It has been on the mind of many experienced divers since 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 - grey reef, silky, lemon, white tips, black tips and in season, the great hammerheads! With its multitude number of motus (small islands), there is a lot to explore on Rangiroa. The blue lagoon and the pink sand beach are very popular on a day trip. On the main island, don’t miss Gauguin’s Pearl Farm and the bottlenose dolphins jumping in Tiputa pass at the end of the afternoon!

Conservation

The dive center is part of Longitude 181 that promotes responsible scuba diving. Ocean clean up sessions are regularly being performed.

Who is it for?

For experienced divers, pelagic lovers. 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, snorkelling, going on excursions to other beaches and lagoons, visiting a pearl farm…

Dive briefing!

Marine life

  • Rangiroa is home to some of the greatest dive sites in the world.
  • It is special thanks to the large congregations of sharks and other pelagic marine life, it is not uncommon to see 200+ sharks on a single dive! Grey reef, white tips, oceanic white tips, silvertips, lemonsharks, 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…
  • An 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. Tiputa concentrates the most dive sites.
  • Drift dives in the passes require good buyoancy skills and currents experience.
  • Inside the lagoon, dive sites have less current, 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 stars 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: 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 10 dives in Tiputa and Avatoru passes. 2 divers minimum.

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

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.