Fakarava is undoubtedly the best place to dive in French Polynesia . In fact, this small Atoll, located almost 450 kilometers from Tahiti and about 150 kilometers from its big sister, Rangiroa, in the Tuamotus, is classified as Unesco Biosphere Reserve . This is the second largest atoll in French Polynesia . It is 60 kilometers long and nearly 20 kilometers wide. The main village of Fakarava is called Rotoava and has only about 800 inhabitants. In addition, the atoll has a 1400 meter long runway allowing the Tahiti airplanes to take us to this beautiful diving destination. On the other hand, do not expect to stay in a luxury hotel or a comfortable resort, there are only pensions and charming little hotels. There are only two passes in the atoll that include all Fakarava diving sites
Where to go diving in Fakarava?
Diving Fakarava North Pass, Garuae
The North Pass, which is the largest of all French Polynesia, is called Garuae Pass. The dive site Garuae Pass is absolutely wonderful, and although relatively technical because of the current, remains accessible to levels 1 through its shallow depth of 15 to 30 meters.
Diving Fakarava South Pass, Tumakohua
The southern pass, known as Tumakohua or Tetamanu, is just as extraordinary, if not more so.It is somewhat more remote but offers some of the best dive sites of the pacific It is also accessible to all levels of diving.
Best time to dive in Polynesia?
There is no better season to dive in Fakarava. Weather conditions are slightly better between early April and late November. However, visibility and diving conditions are excellent all year round. The temperature of the water varies from barely 2 or 3 degrees Celsius at the end of the year. It should be noted, however, that from June to July, the breeding season of the groupers is magnificent.
Diving cruise in Fakarava
Enjoy your Fakarava diving trip by booking a diving cruise. To discover a wide choice of cruises, we invite you to visit the website of our partner liveaboard. You will have the chance to observe different species such as manta ray, dolphin, tiger shark and many others. You can discover throughout your cruise various diving spots, for some accessible only by cruising. You can book your next stay in French Polynesia by booking on liveaboard. You will be able thanks to our partner to dive in Rangiroa atoll one of the biggest of the world or that of Fakarava in French Polynesia
What to see while diving Fakarava
Fakarava passes is teeming with life. You will be able to meet all Tuamotu species such as groupers, barracudas, manta rays, gray sharks, white and blackhead sharks, hammerhead sharks as well as tiger sharks, turtles and even dolphins. In June and July, large marbled grouper come to find the soul mate in the passes for the love season, a magnificent spectacle.