One of the many reasons that adventurous travelers are drawn to the islands of Tahiti is the abundance of diverse marine life and the superb snorkeling and diving experiences that await them. Visitors to Tahiti can look forward to close interactions with manta rays, dolphins, sharks, turtles, and countless colorful species of fish. Although the marine life can be enjoyed at each island, some islands are more renowned for their diving than others. Perhaps one of the most famous Tahitian islands for diving is Rangiroa.
Just an hour’s flight away from Tahiti, Rangiroa is the second largest atoll in the world and boasts an incredibly vast lagoon of incomparable brilliance and color. At 42 miles long and 16 miles wide, the lagoon is so large that the entire main island of Tahiti could fit inside! This immense, natural aquarium is home to an impressive variety of marine life and offers an outstanding selection of dive sites.
Of these dive sites, Tiputa Pass is one of the most sought-after destinations. The ocean and the lagoon intersect at this waterway, creating a complicated current that attracts various sea creatures in search of rich plankton. This makes Tiputa Pass one of the world’s best diving spots where encounters with large sea creatures such as the manta ray, Napoleon Fish, and hammerhead sharks are practically guaranteed.
According to the locals, in addition to the extensive marine life, there are also 30-40 bottlenose dolphins that reside in this particular pass. Divers have the opportunity to get very up close and personal with these friendly and playful creatures. Yet here is the secret that we have in store for you today – you don’t have to be a diver to enjoy the dolphins. Every day at sunset, the dolphins are known to play in the strong evening currents and can be seen jumping in and out of the waves!
Hotel Kia Ora has recently started a complimentary shuttle service to the pass three times a week at 5pm, prime time for watching this spectacle. If you have plans to visit Rangiroa in the future, be sure to add this to your itinerary. Grab a bottle of the local wine, some food for a picnic, and enjoy each other’s company with a backdrop of the setting sun and jumping dolphins. It does not get much more authentic than that!
Have you dived in Tiputa Pass before? What was the most exciting marine encounter you had? Let us know in the comments below! And if this sounds like an exciting idea for your next trip, be sure to contact us or your preferred travel agent to add this unique activity to your trip itinerary!