The atoll of Tikehau was once described by Jacques Cousteau as
richer in fish life than any other lagoon in the world. Although
decades have gone by since then, it is still clearly exceptional.
Like Rangiroa, its larger and more crowded neighbour, Tikehau has
only one pass into the ocean, Tuheiva, and five out of the six
local dive sites are clustered around it.
French Polynesia has no soft corals but it has good claim to be
the world's hard coral capital, especially here on Tikehau with its
seemingly endless fields stretching out before you. These shallow
waters offer a truly fabulous sight: the translucent sea is rarely
deeper than 30 ft, and it is magical being underwater in such a
In good weather you can explore the open sea just behind the
hotel, while on a rising tide you can go on a fast drift dive
through Tuheiva Pass; the latter is a must, as it brings with it
all manner of life including manta rays and hammerheads. This is
remote, unspoilt diving where anything can turn up, and drifting
over acres of virgin coral in translucent waters, knowing there is
no one else for miles, adds an edge to every dive.