Not only is Rangiroa is the largest atoll in the Tuamotu
Archipelago, it's also one of the largest in the world. Myriad
shallow channels connect the ocean to the lagoon, and when the
inner lagoon empties and fills with the tides, its passes fill with
grey reef sharks and silvertips. Aside from sharks, manta rays and
hammerheads will occasionally make appearances, while curious
dolphins often come to play with the divers. The currents in the
passes can be strong, making the dives among the more advanced
diving in French Polynesia. Suitably certified divers can also
venture a little deeper (35 metres or more) in search of the bigger
sharks, while less-experienced divers can enjoy the calmer waters
of the inner lagoon.
Rangiroa's neighbouring atoll, Tikehau, also boasts impressive,
fast-paced drift dives through its pass. Tuheiva Pass, the atoll's
sole pass, has become the underwater muster point for the big boys.
The furrowed pass is not strictly off-limits for the less
experienced diver, but those experienced enough to enjoy the more
advanced diving in French Polynesia can enjoy the currents to the
fullest. While grey reef, blacktip and whitetip reef sharks are
virtually guaranteed, there are also good chances of manta rays and
plenty of silvery predators - dogtooth tuna and jacks - darting
to-and-fro in search of a snack.
An island-hopping adventure across French Polynesia allows you
to head to one of the world's most vaunted shark diving locations:
Fakarava. Located in the western reaches of the Tuamotu group,
divers can see blacktip, whitetip and grey reef sharks, lemon
sharks and hammerheads in the atoll's two passes.
To the north, Garuae Pass is the widest navigable pass in the
country and home to an impressively large number of sharks. The
pass is wide enough that it can be a struggle to see both sides at
once, and as such, the currents can be a little easier. If you're
after the more advanced diving in French Polynesia, the atoll's
other pass dive, Tumakohua Pass, features a narrower section known
as the Shark Hole, where divers can experience adrenaline-inducing,
With French Polynesia being half the world away from the UK and
northern Europe, making the most of your time there can be tricky.
Our team of dive travel experts have travelled extensively this
vast archipelago and are on hand to help you iron out your
itinerary to ensure you get to enjoy the very best of the advanced
diving in French Polynesia with hassle-free connections and the
most luxurious resorts to boot.