Things to do in Rangiroa
Snorkelling and diving in Rangiroa’s marine-crowded lagoon are among the best in the South Pacific. Drift dive Tiputa Pass – one of the world’s greatest shark dive locations – or cruise the lagoons in a glass bottom boat trip as you also look out for playful dolphins.
Scuba diving – Head to Avatoru and Tiputa passes for some of the world’s best drift diving. Come face to face with hundreds of fish as well as giant napoleon wrasses, hawksbill turtles, eagle rays, tuna, schools of dolphins and sharks including, grey-tipped, lemons, hammerheads and dozens of black-tips that gather around the reef entrance to the lagoon.
Watch sharks cruise by harmlessly – but close enough to make your heart beat just a little faster. Tiputa Pass is recognised as one of the world’s greatest shark dive locations; the best time here is between December and March, when huge hammerhead sharks gather for the mating season. Tiputa is also a good place to spot whales between July and August.
While Tiputa is best for experienced divers, beginners should instead try Avatoru Pass and the small islets sitting inside both passes. Visibility here can reach up to 46m, with the water temperature averaging a constant 27°C.
For those not wishing to get wet, try a glass bottom boat trip to explore the calmer waters of the Tiputa Pass, and watch playful dolphins cavorting in the waves.
Snorkelling – Anywhere on the atoll of Rangiroa is great for snorkelling. The lagoon is home to a rich variety of marine life just a few swim-stokes away from your resort. The motus around L'Ile aux Recifs beach, Papiro Point and Mahuta also provide great snorkelling.
If you’re feeling adventurous, try drift-snorkelling Tiputa Pass, known as ‘shooting the pass’: with visibility up to 35m, you can watch sharks, dolphins, turtles and rays swimming beneath you as you drift with the incoming current through the pass.