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Rangiroa’s lagoon with a maximum depth of 28 metres, is so large that it’s impossible to see from one side to another.

Two passes open on to the ocean, with twice-daily tide surges offering great drift diving, known as ‘shooting the pass’. Through the passes following the tides are hordes of fish, jacks, tuna, barracuda, manta rays and eagle rays, turtles, dolphins and much more. A short distance out into the lagoon, the reef drops to a depth of 1,200 metres and it is here that the sharks and other pelagics congregate.

Rangiroa diving is good all year, but the main manta ray season is from early September to mid-October; the hammerhead shark season, January and February. Scuba diving is the major attraction, but there are also great sites for snorkelling, swimming and relaxing around the vast lagoon.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: grey reef shark, spotted eagle ray, green turtle, reef manta ray, scalloped hammerhead shark

Dive trips

This dive location is featured in the following itineraries:

Bora Bora & Rangiroa

Take in Tahiti's most iconic diving locations on this exhilarating twin centre adventure, with a week on each island. Enjoy adrenaline fuelled drift dives with eagle rays, manta rays, turtle and numerous species of shark.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 17 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £5,950 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Rangiroa & Fakarava

A fantastic adventure for shark lovers! Combine exhilarating diving in the crystal clear waters of Rangiroa’s two passes with thrilling drift diving, prolific marine life and numerous shark species at Fakarava.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 17 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £4,650 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
Suggested accommodation is shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Kia Ora Village

This deluxe resort offers a relaxed atmosphere, with beautiful Polynesian style bungalows scattered amongst the coconut grove, along the white coral beach, or even suspended over Rangiroa’s breathtaking lagoon.

Our suggested liveaboard is shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Paul Gauguin

Designed specifically to sail the shallow seas of French Polynesia, this luxurious vessel visits small ports and tropical islands that larger ships can’t reach, with world-class diving and spectacular scenery.