The 7th most popular snorkel dive spot in French Polynesia.
Sunday 14 August 2016 06:34 GMT
Northeast of Tahiti in the Tuamotu Island Chain, the snorkeling off Fakarava Island offers good biodiversity. Also known as Havaiki Nui, during local dives you may encounter large wrasse along with black-tipped reef sharks in the protected lagoon. Known for the best snorkeling in Polynesia, the Tuamotu archipelago consists of Fakarava, Rangiroa and Tikehau. The best time of year for Fakarava snorkeling is during the winter months of May to September when there is less rain and the water is calmer. In addition to the shore accesed dive spots, the boat-accessed Tamakohua Pass is a popular open-water dive known for its sharks. This deep water spot can be reached by a 75 minute boat ride.
To reach the Fakarava Island snorkeling by air, there are regular Air Tahiti inter-island flights into Fakarava Airport on the north end from Fa’a’a International Airport (PPT) near Papeete, Tahiti. The main international airlines serving Fa’a’a Airport are Air Tahiti Nui (Los Angeles), Hawaiian Airlines (Honolulu) and Air France. To continue on to one of the many islands within French Polynesia, the inter-island airline is Air Tahiti. Due to unusual flight times, you might appreciate the day room rentals at the Intercontinental Tahiti.
Overall, Fakarava is the 7th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 13 snorkeling dives in French Polynesia.