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Rangiroa atoll is so large that it’s impossible to see from one side to the other. It’s the abundance of marine life and the exhilarating drift dives of the passes that attract divers.

Diving is action packed at Tiputa and Avatoru, the two famous passes located in the north of this immense atoll. Dive a natural aquarium and no matter your level of qualification, there’s something for everyone.

Take refuge in the caves and canyons and watch the aquatic show as you ‘shoot the pass’ on the tidal surges offering exhilarating drift dives both on inflowing and outgoing currents. Expect to see countless sharks and hordes of fish, barracuda, grouper, jacks, tuna, rays, turtles, Napoleon wrasse and bottlenose dolphin. It’s spectacular!

At Tiputa, great hammerhead sharks and leopard rays can be seen in great numbers at depth on ‘The Run’ dive site which begins at the mouth of the pass, ending in the lagoon. Protected from the current, Windmill is located close to the entrance. With the drop-off on one side and the deep blue on the other, this is a fantastic spot to watch the pelagics on an outgoing current. Avatoru is a smaller pass and renowned for its reef shark encounters.

Diving the world-class sites of Rangiroa is accessible throughout the year but if you want to gaze in awe at manta rays and humpback whales, the best time to visit is late August to mid-October. Great hammerhead sharks and squadrons of eagle rays are more prolific from January to March. Expect warm, clear waters with a prolific marine life and amazing visibility.

Scuba diving is the major attraction, but there are also great sites for snorkelling, swimming and relaxing around the vast lagoon including pink sand beach and the blue lagoon.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: grey reef shark, green turtle, spotted eagle ray, reef manta ray, great hammerhead shark

Dive trips

This dive location is featured in the following itineraries:

Bora Bora & Rangiroa

Take in Tahiti's most iconic diving locations on this exhilarating twin centre adventure, with a week on each island. Enjoy adrenaline fuelled drift dives with eagle rays, manta rays, turtle and numerous species of shark.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 18 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £6,095 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Rangiroa & Fakarava

A fantastic adventure for shark lovers! Combine exhilarating diving in the crystal clear waters of Rangiroa’s two passes with thrilling drift diving, prolific marine life and numerous shark species at Fakarava.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 18 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £6,145 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
Suggested accommodation is shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Kia Ora Village

This deluxe resort offers a relaxed atmosphere, with beautiful Polynesian style bungalows scattered amongst the coconut grove, along the white coral beach, or even suspended over Rangiroa’s breathtaking lagoon.

Our suggested liveaboard is shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Paul Gauguin

Designed specifically to sail the shallow seas of French Polynesia, this luxurious vessel visits small ports and tropical islands that larger ships can’t reach, with world-class diving and spectacular scenery.