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Exhilarating diving in Rangiroa’s two passes coupled with the Garuae pass in Fakarava makes this a thrilling adventure for shark lovers.

This trip idea concentrates on the two largest atolls of French Polynesia, quite possibly the best spots for diving in the remote archipelago. Spend a week on each for an incredible diving holiday experience.

Rangiroa is a natural aquarium with plenty of impressive pelagic encounters and seasonal visitors such as great hammerhead sharks and manta rays. The UNESCO Biopshere Reserve of Fakarava offers visitors so much more than amazing diving adventures as you enjoy thrilling drift dives in the Garuae Pass where sharks are prolific. Expect an incredible abundance of fish life here too. 

Suggested Itinerary

  1. Day 1: Depart the UK for Tahiti

  2. Day 2: Arrive Papeete and transfer to Rangiroa

    You will be met on arrival and transfer by domestic flight to Rangiroa and transfer to your accommodation for a 7-night stay in resort.
  3. Days 3-7 : Dive Rangiroa

    Your five day (10 dives) dive pack begins today. The crystal clear waters of the huge lagoon are filled with marine life and the two passes open on to the ocean, the twice-daily tide surges offering great drift diving, known as ‘shooting the pass’. Expect plenty of marine life including rays, turtles, barracuda, tuna and several species of shark including the Great hammerhead in season.
  4. Day 9: Transfer to Fakarava

    Today you will transfer by domestic flight to Fakarava where you'll be met on arrival and transfer to your accommodation for a 7-night stay in a pension.
  5. Days 10-14 : Dive Fakarava

    Your five day (10 dives) dive pack begins today. Diving here is concentrated in the passes at the northern and southern ends of the atoll offering thrilling drift diving, prolific marine life and numerous species of shark, predominantly grey reef.
  6. Day 15: Day at leisure

  7. Day 16: Depart Tahiti

  8. Day 17: Arrive UK

    Depending on flight schedules, it's possible that you will require an overnight stay en route.

You should note: This itinerary is changeable according to domestic flight schedules. It's possible to stay longer at each location. Recommended for experienced divers, this trip is available throughout the year, but concentrates on the hammerhead shark season.

Key info

Our trip ideas are offered to inspire you and can be tailored to suit your requirements.
  • Duration and price including flights from/to UK: 18 days from £6,145 pp
  • When to go: Jan-Dec: Daily throughout the year
  • Included in the price/package:
    • Return flights from the UK
    • Transfers
    • 14 nights accommodation
    • Daily breakfast
    • 20 dive pack
    • Tanks and weights
Featured locations:

Rangiroa

Rangiroa’s huge lagoon opens out via two passes to the open ocean, where daily tidal surges offer fantastic drift diving. Expect to see rays, turtles, a myriad of colourful fish and dolphins, before the reef drops dramatically to where sharks and other pelagics congregate.

  • Ideal for viewing: grey reef shark, green turtle, spotted eagle ray, reef manta ray, great hammerhead shark
  • Excellent for: Resort based diving, Luxury diving, Hammerhead shark, Manta ray

Fakarava

Fakarava is a huge atoll with a vast lagoon located in the Tuamotu Islands. Renowned for its beauty above as well as below the surface, divers head here for consistent shark sightings and thrilling drift dives in the famous Garuae and Tumakohua passes.

  • Ideal for viewing: grey reef shark, marbled grouper, spotted eagle ray, reef manta ray, white-tip reef shark
  • Excellent for: Resort based diving, Shark diving

Tahiti Island

Tahiti is French Polynesia’s largest island, home to the international airport and the capital, Papeete. It tends to be used as stop before heading to the outer islands, however it offers some of the best conditions for easy diving, with calm conditions and minimal currents.

  • Ideal for viewing:
  • Excellent for: Resort based diving