Diving

Diving in Tikehau

Tikehau is famous for its hospitality. And it is a perfect example of harmony between man and nature. For visitors, this is a complete change of scenery from back home, regardless of where that is! The beaches that circle the lagoon are extraordinary. The scenery is right out of a postcard.

The fauna, on land as well as underwater, is unique. The late French ocean explorer Jacques-Yves Cousteau described this lagoon during one of his expeditions as being the best stocked with fish of any place on this planet. That very appropriate description makes Tikehau the ideal place to go diving for experienced divers as well as beginners.

Long considered as a paradise by natives, she has become the inevitable diving destination. She has about the same fauna as Rangiroa to offer, but with a more unspoiled spirit.



DIVING SPOTS

The Canyons:
The reef here is streamed by giant breaks, where all kinds of fish dwell. The dive ends in a drop-off that leads to the waves' breakpoint. Silver tip sharks, barracudas, parrotfish, etc.

Tuheiava:
Following Tuheiava Pass' currents, lots of different fish can be seen depending on how deep a diver is. From the parrotfish and seajacks near the surface to threadfish and triggerfish deeper. The current flows on down south to end up in a multicolored coralline paradise where there's a huge chance of spotting a ray manta.

Tuheiava Pass:
Also known as the "Te Ava Drift", this dive lets the current take the diver through the pass and into the lagoon, seeing all kinds of fish alongside the reef, to a quieter part into the lagoon. The dive ends in a big fauna come-back performed by schools of moray-eels and surgeonfish.

The Shark's Hole:
Good spot for experienced divers, due to the architectural constructions that lie 50 meters and deeper. A vertiginous arc ties both sides of the big break of the reef that creates this drop-off full of clownfish. Of course the whole place is dwelled by all kinds of sharks also, as it name implies.

Mara:
Amongst the napoleon fish, the majestic manta rays come to Mara to get themselves rid of small parasites by cleaning small fish. It's also a good place for spotting white tip sharks.

Mamaa Amphitheater:
An amphitheater-shaped hole in the reef whose walls, all recovered by pink coralline formations and sponges, make an inner aquarium ideal for organizing "feeding" excursions.


DIVING CLUBS

Raie Manta Club:
A good variety of sites to offer, located in the Tuherahera village, and owned by the famed diver Yves Lefevre. This is a very renowned club which has its headquarters in Rangiroa, this branch in Tikehau and another one in Rurutu (in the Australes Archipelago).
http://raiemantaclub.free.fr


Tikehau Blue Nui:
With diving centers in Manihi, Bora Bora and Taha'a also, the Blue Nui is a Pearl Resorts ally when it comes to quality diving. In this case, it's located within the Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort. It's open all-year long and goes mainly to the diving sites near the Tuheiava Pass , where the biggest variety of fish is located.
www.bluenui.com

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