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Discover French Polynesia

Explore Rangiroa’s reefs, islands and beaches. Snorkel and Dive in the clear channels around the islands where you can expect to see groupers and sharks hunting on schools of snapper and fusiliers.

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Discover French Polynesia

Situated in the heart of the Pacific Ocean the Tuamoto archipelago is home to some of the most wondrous dive sites, where hundreds of hungry sharks gather in schools to be joined by Manta rays and Bottlenose dolphins.
Diving Rangiroa’s reefs and channels you can expect to see many different sharks cruising the reef, hunting on schools of snapper and fusiliers. Around the full moon in July we will witness thousands of Marbled groupers which attract many other species as well.
For our snorkellers there are plenty of coral gardens to discover, where currents are less intense and many smaller creatures can be found.

Our itinerary takes you through the Tuamotu Island chain, with a 10 of 7 nights loop from Rangiroa to Fakarava, which maximises the time spent in this area.
Dive sites are typically channel or “Pass” dives and the route planning for each trip is highly dependent upon the incoming and out-going tides for each island. We dive the optimum tide for each site to bring you the ultimate in pelagic fish action. Strong currents to be expected and it is therefore recommended divers have experience beyond beginner level to ensure maximum enjoyment.

  • Rangiroa Island

    Tiputa Pass - Dropping in at the outer edge, divers can hook into the reef wall and watch the amazing shark display. Hammerheads, Tiger sharks and huge schools of Grey Reef sharks are the main draw. Drift on the incoming tide through The Canyons, where schools of Big Eyes hang out and Mantas can be seen hanging in the cross current. End the dive at Shark Cave where Whitetips typically come to rest. Other common fish species are grouper and Napoleon wrasse.

    Tiputa Reef - On the ocean side of the pass the reef plateaus out at 20m into a magnificent coral garden. Schools of barracuda, turtles, Whitetip sharks, small wrasse and many colourful reef fish species can be seen. Mantas put in an occasional appearance, Bottlenose dolphins too.

  • Deep Blue

    Deep Blue - Or simply ‘‘The Blue’’ is the deep water on the ocean side of Tiputa Pass. Here we drop divers directly from the boat to descend to 20m and hang in 'the blue' as the sharks are tempted up to the shallower depths by dropping stones. Expect to see Grey Reef, Silky and Silvertip sharks as well as Bottlenose dolphins.

    Nuhi Nuhi - A shallow coral garden where Angel fish, Butterfly fish, Anthias and all manner of small creatures can be spotted. Look out for Leaf fish.

    Mypristis - The coral reef acts as a nursery for Grey Reef sharks in season. Typically divers can see large numbers of Marbled grouper and many anemones with resident Clown fish.

  • Tehere Pass

    Tehere Pass - The strong currents through the pass mean divers can literally hang like a flag in the breeze! Reef hooks are essential if you want to stay and enjoy the hundreds of Grey reef sharks hunting on fusiliers. Tuna, dolphins and swordfish can also be seen. The seabed and wall is more rubble than coral reef so simply drift in the current and enjoy the large pelagics.

    Pakaka Pass - A more gentle drift than the Tehere Pass brings you through a pristine coral garden with table and staghorn corals. Silvertip and Blacktip reef sharks are seen darting around the shallow corals, whilst numerous Eagle rays are frequently sighted.

  • Toau Island

    Otugi Pass - The 400m wide channel is best dived on an incoming tide for the schools of Grey reef sharks and Silvertips.

    Teahuroa - The outer reef wall is where huge schools of snapper congregate. Reef sharks, Napoleon wrasse, barracuda, Surgeon fish and Big Eyes join them, whilst Manta ray sightings are possible too.

  • Fakarava North

    Garaue Pass - The northernmost channel of Fakarava Island and arguable the best site in the region for consistent shark sightings. The pass itself is 1600m wide and should only be dived at slack water due to the very strong currents. Starting at the outer wall we encounter the huge ‘wall of sharks’ where hundreds of Greys congregate. Blacktip, Whitetip, Hammerhead, Tiger, Silky and Oceanic Whitetip are amongst the other species seen. Napoleon wrasse, Surgeon fish and the typical schools of Big Eyes and Yellow snapper swarm over the reefs, joined by turtles, morays and Lionfish. In June and July, large numbers of grouper aggregate to spawn, a truly spectacular sight. Manta rays also visit.

    Maiuru - A submerged plateau on the outer edge of the pass, levels out at 18m into a lovely hard coral garden. At the ‘drop off ’ you can encounter shark activity, whilst over the reef Paddletail snapper and barracuda form large schools. Manta rays and Eagle rays come by for cleaning and a quick meal and there are plenty of smaller creatures including Nudibranchs and crabs to spot amongst the corals and sponges.

    Ohutu - The second plateau starts at 12m and drops to 30m with vibrant corals this is a superb place to watch Manta rays.

    Avaturo Pass - Strong currents are to be expected but bring forth a wide range of pelagic species from Reef sharks to tuna and the occasional Sailfish.

  • Apataki Island

    Restaurant Pier - This shallow site is perfect for an afternoon dive where schools of snapper, Blacktip reef sharks and Napoleon wrasse are common with a stunning atmosphere for photography.

Dates & Rates

  • French Polynesia Master Discover French Polynesia

    Dates
    • 8th Jan - 18th Jan 2019
    • Embark: Fakarava
    • Disembark: Rangiroa
    Prices from
    Upper Deck Cabin
    USD 6,575
    Lower Deck Cabin
    USD 6,250
  • French Polynesia Master Discover French Polynesia

    Dates
    • 19th Jan - 29th Jan 2019
    • Embark: Rangiroa
    • Disembark: Fakarava
    Prices from
    Upper Deck Cabin
    USD 6,575
    Lower Deck Cabin
    USD 6,250
  • French Polynesia Master Discover French Polynesia

    Dates
    • 11th May - 18th May 2019
    • Embark: Fakarava
    • Disembark: Rangiroa
    Prices from
    Upper Deck Cabin
    USD 4,850
    Lower Deck Cabin
    USD 4,525
  • French Polynesia Master Discover French Polynesia

    Dates
    • 1st Jun - 8th Jun 2019
    • Embark: Fakarava
    • Disembark: Rangiroa
    Prices from
    Upper Deck Cabin
    USD 4,850
    Lower Deck Cabin
    USD 4,525
  • French Polynesia Master Discover French Polynesia

    Dates
    • 21st Jun - 1st Jul 2019
    • Embark: Papeete
    • Disembark: Fakarava
    Prices from
    Upper Deck Cabin
    USD 6,575
    Lower Deck Cabin
    USD 6,250
  • French Polynesia Master Discover French Polynesia

    Dates
    • 9th Jul - 19th Jul 2019
    • Embark: Rangiroa
    • Disembark: Fakarava
    Prices from
    Lower Deck Cabin
    USD 6,250
  • French Polynesia Master Discover French Polynesia

    Dates
    • 20th Oct - 30th Oct 2019
    • Embark: Fakarava
    • Disembark: Rangiroa
    Prices from
    Lower Deck Cabin
    USD 6,250

    Gerald Rambert Photography Workshop

  • Le Boreal Discover French Polynesia

    Dates
    • 25th Oct - 3rd Nov 2019
    • Embark: Papeete
    • Disembark: Papeete
    Prices from
    Owner Suite
    EUR 16,290
    Prestige Suite
    EUR 10,230
    Prestige Stateroom
    EUR 4,930
    Deluxe Stateroom
    EUR 4,410
    Superior Stateroom
    EUR 4,090
  • French Polynesia Master Discover French Polynesia

    Dates
    • 8th Nov - 15th Nov 2019
    • Embark: Fakarava
    • Disembark: Rangiroa
    Prices from
    Upper Deck Cabin
    USD 4,850
  • French Polynesia Master Discover French Polynesia

    Dates
    • 16th Nov - 23rd Nov 2019
    • Embark: Rangiroa
    • Disembark: Fakarava
    Prices from
    Upper Deck Cabin
    USD 4,850
    Lower Deck Cabin
    USD 4,525
  • French Polynesia Master Discover French Polynesia

    Dates
    • 10th Dec - 17th Dec 2019
    • Embark: Papeete
    • Disembark: Fakarava
    Prices from
    Upper Deck Cabin
    USD 4,850
    Lower Deck Cabin
    USD 4,525
  • French Polynesia Master Discover French Polynesia

    Dates
    • 18th Dec - 28th Dec 2019
    • Embark: Fakarava
    • Disembark: Rangiroa
    Prices from
    Upper Deck Cabin
    USD 6,575
    Lower Deck Cabin
    USD 6,250
  • French Polynesia Master Discover French Polynesia

    Dates
    • 29th Dec - 8th Jan 2020
    • Embark: Rangiroa
    • Disembark: Fakarava
    Prices from
    Upper Deck Cabin
    USD 6,575
    Lower Deck Cabin
    USD 6,250
  • French Polynesia Master Discover French Polynesia

    Dates
    • 6th Feb - 16th Feb 2020
    • Embark: Rangiroa
    • Disembark: Fakarava
    Prices from
    Upper Deck Cabin
    USD 6,575
    Lower Deck Cabin
    USD 6,250
  • French Polynesia Master Discover French Polynesia

    Dates
    • 16th Feb - 26th Feb 2020
    • Embark: Fakarava
    • Disembark: Rangiroa
    Prices from
    Upper Deck Cabin
    USD 6,575
    Lower Deck Cabin
    USD 6,250
  • French Polynesia Master Discover French Polynesia

    Dates
    • 27th Feb - 5th Mar 2020
    • Embark: Rangiroa
    • Disembark: Fakarava
    Prices from
    Upper Deck Cabin
    USD 4,850
    Lower Deck Cabin
    USD 4,525
  • French Polynesia Master Discover French Polynesia

    Dates
    • 24th Mar - 3rd Apr 2020
    • Embark: Papeete
    • Disembark: Fakarava
    Prices from
    Upper Deck Cabin
    USD 6,575
    Lower Deck Cabin
    USD 6,250
  • French Polynesia Master Discover French Polynesia

    Dates
    • 3rd Apr - 13th Apr 2020
    • Embark: Fakarava
    • Disembark: Rangiroa
    Prices from
    Upper Deck Cabin
    USD 6,575
    Lower Deck Cabin
    USD 6,250
  • French Polynesia Master Discover French Polynesia

    Dates
    • 14th Apr - 24th Apr 2020
    • Embark: Rangiroa
    • Disembark: Fakarava
    Prices from
    Upper Deck Cabin
    USD 6,575
    Lower Deck Cabin
    USD 6,250
  • French Polynesia Master Discover French Polynesia

    Dates
    • 2nd May - 12th May 2020
    • Embark: Fakarava
    • Disembark: Papeete
    Prices from
    Upper Deck Cabin
    USD 6,575
    Lower Deck Cabin
    USD 6,250
  • French Polynesia Master Discover French Polynesia

    Dates
    • 15th May - 25th May 2020
    • Embark: Papeete
    • Disembark: Fakarava
    Prices from
    Upper Deck Cabin
    USD 6,575
    Lower Deck Cabin
    USD 6,250
  • French Polynesia Master Discover French Polynesia

    Dates
    • 25th May - 4th Jun 2020
    • Embark: Fakarava
    • Disembark: Rangiroa
    Prices from
    Upper Deck Cabin
    USD 6,575
    Lower Deck Cabin
    USD 6,250
  • French Polynesia Master Discover French Polynesia

    Dates
    • 5th Jun - 12th Jun 2020
    • Embark: Rangiroa
    • Disembark: Fakarava
    Prices from
    Upper Deck Cabin
    USD 4,850
    Lower Deck Cabin
    USD 4,525
  • French Polynesia Master Discover French Polynesia

    Dates
    • 13th Jul - 23rd Jul 2020
    • Embark: Rangiroa
    • Disembark: Fakarava
    Prices from
    Upper Deck Cabin
    USD 6,575
    Lower Deck Cabin
    USD 6,250
  • French Polynesia Master Discover French Polynesia

    Dates
    • 23rd Jul - 2nd Aug 2020
    • Embark: Fakarava
    • Disembark: Papeete
    Prices from
    Upper Deck Cabin
    USD 6,575
    Lower Deck Cabin
    USD 6,250
  • French Polynesia Master Discover French Polynesia

    Dates
    • 2nd Nov - 9th Nov 2020
    • Embark: Fakarava
    • Disembark: Rangiroa
    Prices from
    Upper Deck Cabin
    USD 4,850
    Lower Deck Cabin
    USD 4,525
  • French Polynesia Master Discover French Polynesia

    Dates
    • 10th Nov - 20th Nov 2020
    • Embark: Rangiroa
    • Disembark: Fakarava
    Prices from
    Upper Deck Cabin
    USD 6,575
    Lower Deck Cabin
    USD 6,250
  • French Polynesia Master Discover French Polynesia

    Dates
    • 27th Nov - 7th Dec 2020
    • Embark: Fakarava
    • Disembark: Papeete
    Prices from
    Upper Deck Cabin
    USD 6,575
    Lower Deck Cabin
    USD 6,250
  • French Polynesia Master Discover French Polynesia

    Dates
    • 18th Dec - 28th Dec 2020
    • Embark: Papeete
    • Disembark: Fakarava
    Prices from
    Upper Deck Cabin
    USD 6,575
    Lower Deck Cabin
    USD 6,250
  • French Polynesia Master Discover French Polynesia

    Dates
    • 29th Dec - 8th Jan 2021
    • Embark: Fakarava
    • Disembark: Rangiroa
    Prices from
    Upper Deck Cabin
    USD 6,575
    Lower Deck Cabin
    USD 6,250