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- Rangiroa Island: The only French Polynesian marine habitat for wild dolphins. Astounding Whale Shark encounters. Plummeting walls to 1,200m. Shark Cave - 45m column of circling sharks. Vast squadrons of Eagle Rays.

Rangiroa Liveaboard: Consistent and exhilarating shark encounters. Drift dives with patrolling Scalloped Hammerheads. Explore a combination of islands within the Tuamotu Archipelago. Stately 30m luxury catamaran. Accommodation aboard the vessel. Diving. Hard-card TDI course. Compressed air tanks, weights & weight belts. Airport transfers on day of arrival and departure All meals and snacks - we are happy to accommodate most special dietary requests. Non-alcoholic and local alcoholic beverages.


Rangiroa liveaboard and diving , French Polynesia: An Introduction

dolphinThe island of Rangiroa, in the Tuamotu Archipelago is one of the most stunning dive destinations to visit, with palms and Casuarina trees stretching down to white coral sands and crystal blue lagoon waters. At the centre of Rangiroa atoll is a large, relatively calm lagoon that is fed by just a few passes from the open ocean. Rangiroa is renowned for its diving encounters with large pelagics, within these waters you can expect to see Manta Rays, tuna, dolphins, Eagle Rays and an abundance of sharks. Schooling hammerheads patrol the hard coral reefs and you can often find yourself surrounded by Black-tip Reef Sharks, White-tip Reef Sharks, barracuda, triggerfish and snappers.

All the usual Polynesian fish suspects are here in great numbers, though for an unknown reason Rangiroa's waters are home to one creature that is not found elsewhere within these atolls, the dolphin. No one has yet discovered the reason for this though the waters here create the perfect habitat for dolphins, in addition the Whale Shark is more commonly spotted here than elsewhere. The sheer size of a Whale Shark and the playful curiosity of the dolphins makes for unforgettable diving experiences.

red seaThe lagoon is the largest atoll in the Tuamotu Archipelago, stretching 40 miles in length and 20 miles in width with a depth to 50m. It communicates with the Pacific Ocean through the Avatoru and Tiputa channels on the north side, and in being tidal vast quantities of water pass through these channels. With the incoming current exhilarating drift dives can be experienced along the Avatoru Pass and the Tiputa Pass. Various sharks, squadrons of Eagle Rays and the occasional cruising hammerhead can be seen amongst the schooling fish as they swim into the lagoon. With the outgoing tide the lagoon nearly empties itself and diving can be undertaken on the outside reef next to the two passes. A short distance from here the reef drops to a depth of 1,200m, this is the place for spotting 'big fish', numerous pelagics including sharks and Manta Rays can often be seen here.

At Tiputa Pass there is Shark Cave, from descending the reef to 35m divers will see a cave entrance which is hiding the most incredible show. Grey Reef Sharks fill the waters of this 45m column, endlessly circling and frolicking. Another amazing site is that which can be seen from Tiputa Pass: The Valley, from a depth of 45m you can join the Scalloped Hammerheads, letting the current pull you along with the shark procession whilst the reef gradually ascends to shallower waters. From the ocean side of Rangiroa, Aviatoru Pass can be dived, this site is a regular home to Silvertip Sharks up to 3m in length which can leave you very much in awe. Huge schools of jacks often prey on these sharks to rub the parasites off themselves using the sharks rough skin. Hawksbill Turtles browse the corals unperturbed by divers and occasionally a flock of migrating Eagle Rays pass over like a cloud of migrating butterflies.


Diving in Rangiroa, French Polynesia

Currently, French Polynesia is not well known in the scuba world, but that is what you will enjoy about it. With fewer divers it is easier to preserve this little paradise...just for you.

Actually, French Polynesia is the ideal spot for all levels of scuba divers. There are dive locations for the beginner inside the lagoon and more technical ones outside the reef. The visibility is very good in all locations ; however as anywhere else it is dependent on factors outside our control such as weather and currents.

Diving is excellent year round which means that there is no "best" season for scuba diving in French Polynesia. We have both a dry and a rainy season. The rainy season is during the Tahitian summer which lasts from December until February, and typically involves rain in the morning with sun in the afternoon.

What You'll See

If you enjoy seeing big fish this is the place to be. Sharks, sharks, and more sharks.

Tahiti was rated shark capital of the Pacific by Skin Diver magazine and it definitely lives up to its rating. Lemon, grey, black tip, white tip, and hammerhead sharks all make the waters around Tahiti their home.

The waters of Bora Bora are also home to the graceful manta rays. We are very lucky here, as we can see them inside the lagoon which means the dive location is perfect for divers with little experience, as the maximum depth is 60 feet.

To get the most enjoyment out of diving with the big fish it is important to not touch or swim towards them. Instead, when you see one swimming towards you, stay calm, keep your arms close to your body and try to make as few movements and bubbles as possible. You should try to stay out of their direct path so that they don't have to swim around you. If you are careful you can follow them after they have passed, but they are fast and you will rapidly run out of breath if you try to keep up for too long.



Accommodation at Rangiroa, French Polynesia

Hotel Kia Ora Rangiroa is located on a tiny motu on the southern chain of islands between Fenuaroa and Otepipi, the rhythm of the ocean surf can be heard from the opposite shore as the islet is only a width of 250m. The resort comprises of traditional bungalows, 30 hugging the white sand beach that back onto palm trees and lush flora, 10 overwater bungalows stretching over the lagoon and 5 garden suites. The overwater deck and bar is the perfect place to watch the spectacular sunsets whilst toasting paradise over a drink. There is an open air restaurant that serves continental cuisine and the fresh catch of the day, which is always a favourite choice and cooked to your specifications. This secluded resort is a magnificent place to get away from it all, enjoy the first-class comfort, and take advantage of the broad range of water activities that occur in the immense lagoon.


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The Kia Ora hotel or tahiti Aggressor liveaboard.

Liveaboard prices include, transfers, accommodation, FB, non -alcoholic and local alcoholic drinks and diving.

Liveaboard diving and boat diving with the land-based package.

Liveaboard prices start at £1500 excluding international and domestic flights and airport taxes.



The water temperature ranges from 77 degrees during the winter to 86 degrees during the summer. Many divers here dive without a wet suit, but we suggest you dive with one to keep from getting chilly (a 3mm short wet suit should keep you plenty warm).


Air New Zealand B747

Depart: Heathrow/Manchester Wed/Fri/Sun PM

Return: Heathrow/Manchester

Mon/Thu/Sat AM Flight time approx 20 hours

Economy Class Seat pitch 34 inches

Flight requires change of aircraft at Los Angeles
Domestic flights on Air Tahiti & Air Moorea
Departures also available from Heathrow on Virgin Atlantic connecting.


Only French citizens can enter French Polynesia without a passport and the visa requirements are much the same as for France itself. Western European, Scandinavian and Australian citizens are allowed to stay for up to three months without a visa.

Liveaboard prices quoted at the bottom of this page. For land based packages and flight prices, please contact us and we will compose a price for the holiday.
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