Dive center: Topdive Rangiroa
Dive depth: 15 - 20m
Visibility: 10 - >30m
Water temperature: 26 - 29℃
Dive type: Reef
Description: Exiting the Tiputa pass from the left, you’ll discover a magnificent coral plateau at a depth of 50 feet. From 65 feet, the drop-off comes rather abruptly, offering a direct view into the big blue.
This site opens up into an abundant display of marine life: a magnificent coral garden with multitudes of fish species. By chance, you’ll see a turtle feeding on succulent sea sponges, a few Whitetip sharks wandering the reef, some Grey sharks hidden by a huge school of barracudas, or a napoleon grouper accompanied by a hunting blue jackfish. Other exceptional encounters may be a leopard ray surfacing from the abyss along the reef or a manta ray enjoying the grooming services of many small wrasses. On this dive, one must not fail to look into the deep blue for chance sightings of cruising bottlenose dolphins. Some of which are not too shy to show off their pirouettes in the presence of impressed divers. A dream come true for many a childhood fantasy ! The dive is highly accessible to all certification levels
Myripristis (Soldierfish) Reef
Myripristis is the scientific name of the myriad soldierfish that populate this coral reef.
Located just at the exit of the pass, you’ll also discover anemones with their tenant clown fish, many soft coral, marbled groupers and depending on the season: a Grey shark nursery, Whitetip sharks, rays … a very beautiful marine atmosphere. The dive is highly accessible to all certification levels.
The Angle is situated between Tiputa pass, offering a view of the Tiputa pass and at the same time of the external drop-off of the open ocean. Depending on the seasons, there may be sightings of large schools of paddletail snappers and hundreds of bigeyed scads in perpetual motion to keep away from their likely predators like the jacks, napoleon wrasses, dogtooth tuna and sharks. Throughout the dive, lingering in the deep blue may bring you into contact with a school of barracudas, dolphins, or perhaps even a Sailfish. Much closer to the ocean floor, one may spy a dozen resting grey sharks. This dive may most likely encounter current, therefore an experienced certified level is required.
Descending into the blue of the Tiputa reef, you’ll be see, coming out of nowhere, scores of marine life. You may encounter barracudas, jackfish, tuna, Grey sharks, Silvertip sharks, Silky sharks and even Bottlenose dolphins. Underwater excitement guaranteed! To thoroughly enjoy this dive, which takes place in deep blue of the reef, a good mastery of buoyancy control is required.
This dive has amazing underwater topography: the step, the canyons, and the Motu Nuhi Nuhi. Your diveguide will choose the best divepath that provides the most marine life encounters, assuring your maximum comfort and security. Note that a good mastery of one’s buoyancy is key to enjoying this drift dive. You shall also be given the best technical drift dive recommendations.
It is an unforgettable experience in your quest for exciting pelagic encounters. Our advice: Be patient and stay alert since these sightings are usually sudden. Keep your eyes wide open and follow your guide. You may be in for a wonderful surprise!
Located on the inside of the Tiputa pass, this site is accessible by way of the incoming current on a drift dive. The canyons are, in fact, faults through the pass. Many fish find refuge in the currents passing through these faults: schools of surgeonfis