Teavanui Pass, Bora Bora
As one of the most well-known islands in the Pacific,
Bora Bora is a top choice for diving and particularly drift
diving in French Polynesia. The island's infrastructure makes it a
great choice for couples and families, and there is a range of dive
sites for mixed-ability groups.
Teavanui Pass is an exhilarating drift dive through the island's
only pass and a wonderful opportunity to see large pelagic species.
The dive has a depth between five and 40 metres and is subject to
strong currents, making it more suitable for advanced divers.
Divers will have the opportunity to float by a stunning coral wall,
inundated with colourful reef fish and large schools of barracudas
and jacks. Black tip reef shark sightings are common, with
occasional visits from manta rays and eagle rays.
Tiputa Pass, Rangiroa
Diving the Tiputa Pass is one of the top things to do in
Rangiroa, the largest atoll in French Polynesia. The pass is
one of the best places for drift diving in French Polynesia thanks
to the variety of wildlife divers can encounter, which varies from
dive to dive.
Divers are swept up by the inbound current, which carries them
through the pass and into Rangiroa's stunning lagoon, ending the
dive in a vibrant coral garden. On the dive, it's not unusual to
spot black tip reef sharks, grey sharks, rays and even dolphins.
Between January and March, there are also hammerhead sharks in the
Tuheiava Pass, Tikehau
Tuheiava Pass is
Tikehau's only opening to the Pacific Ocean. It's a relatively
shallow dive with a moderate current, making it an ideal spot for
drift diving in French Polynesia. It's a wonderful choice for
beginners and advanced divers, with plenty of pelagic species on
show. Beginner drift divers can enjoy the site when the current is
inbound, whereas advanced divers might want to experience the
challenging conditions when the current is outgoing.
During the dive, there's everything from dolphins, turtles and
leopard rays, to napoleon wrasse, triggerfish and schools of jacks.
The pass is also a hotspot for sharks, with frequent sightings of
white tip and black tip sharks, and rare encounters with tiger
sharks and hammerheads.
There are plenty of opportunities for drift diving in
French Polynesia, whether you choose to visit breath-taking
Bora Bora or take the path less travelled to Tikehau. Whichever you
decide, our Original Diving team can help you put together your
dream French Polynesia itinerary, taking care of all the extra