Diving

Diving in Rangiroa

Rangiroa is the largest atoll in the Southern Hemisphere and the second largest in the world. It is located 350 kilometers (217 miles) northeast of Tahiti .

Rangiroa's lagoon is world famous for unsurpassed diving, offering exceptional dives to view an underwater world of manta rays, hammerhead sharks, etc. All the main diving spots in Rangiroa are located near the head villages of Avatoru and Tiputa (each with their own pass). However, some guides can be hired to go to the opposite side of the atoll to see new and nearly undiscovered underwater paradises.


DIVING SPOTS

The Small Pass:
Equipped with waterproof flashlights, anyone here will be able to enjoy one of the richest varieties of colors in underwater Polynesia . This counts for moving and still fauna.

Mahuta:
Near the lagoon exit of the Avatoru Pass lies this series of underwater canyons and valleys, a traditional fishing spot great for those wanting to feed fish.

The Avatoru Pass:
The broken hillsides (filled with coral debris) remind the people of disaster movies. The 1983 cyclones that harassed the island left to see this particular underwater landscape.

The Papiro Point:
This area is located continuing the great Motu Papiro's peninsula under the water until the great plateau is found. This easily accessible spot is ideal for those who practice the apnea diving.

The Sharks' Cave:
Drift dive towards the lagoon, on the left verge of the Tiputa Pass. On season, even the frightening hammerhead sharks can be seen here, the underwater giants of Rangiroa.

The Valley:
In the entrance to the Tiputa Pass, this is another great site for hammerheads sighting on season. In Polynesia , this species is not considered dangerous, as it is fully fed, reason why there are not regrettable incidents with them in these diving spots.

The Wind Turbine:
Drop-off facing Tiputa village's wind turbine. It's particular environment makes this place frequented by dolphins, which will probably approach the diver as he plunges into the water.

The Aquarium:
Good place for a first dive, filled with different kinds of surgeonfish, squirrelfish, seajacks and unicornfish. Near the lagoon-end of the Tiputa Pass. The bottom is not very deep, and visibility is quite good.

The Hammerheads' Plateau:
In the ocean-side of the Tiputa Pass, from November to April these kings of the sea can be seen here. Plus, both sides of the pass (left and right) are also within reach, and they have very particular characteristics which make them unable to be missed, like not only the fauna but also the coralline constructions (headlands, grottoes and canyons).

Blue Lagoon:
Located in the far end of the lagoon, it takes an hour by boat to get there. Once in the spot, there's a "lagoon inside the lagoon" which will amaze anyone. It makes supposedly the photographers' nirvana, for its colors and varied fauna species.



DIVING CLUBS

Blue Dolphins:
It is the Kia Ora Village hotel's diving center, located within the hotel. Five languages spoken (Japanese, French, German, Italian and English). It organizes excursions to both Avatoru and Tiputa passes, plus a longer one to see the Blue Lagoon in times.
www.bluedolphinsdiving.com


TopDive:
One of the TopDive Group diving centers, this one's located in diver's paradise. In the village of Avatoru , it has a competent staff which has been in the business for some time and counts with the TopDive backup and support.
www.topdive.com


Raie Manta Club:
The first diving club in all of French Polynesia , founded by famed diver and photographer Yves Lefevre. It has worked with Cousteau, Besson and other marine life filmmakers. Now has branches in Tikehau and Rurutu (in the Australes Archipelago).
raiemantaclub.free.fr


Rangiroa Paradive:
Located in the Chez Glorine pension, it counts with a video center and the Ohotu wharfs only 50 meters away.
www.rangiroaparadive.com


The Six Passengers:
Located near the Kia Ora Village hotel, it's one of the most traditional diving clubs in the island, and offers a huge variety of options in diving excursions.
www.the6passengers.com

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