Northeast of Tahiti, the snorkeling off Manihi Island is known for its reef clams and the needle nose remoras. The most popular snorkeling dive sites are all within the western half of the atoll.
Off shore of the Manihi Pearl Resort, there is an excellent house reef. Stronger swimmers can snorkel out to the small island off the coast within the atoll.
On the southwest side of the atoll, the Le Tombant snorkeling dive site has several small islands to explore. The water depth ranges from 15 feet to 65 feet deep, with a very open ocean feel. During Le Tombant snorkeling, you may encounter sharks and manta rays.
On the northwest side of the atoll, the La Faille snorkeling dive site has a couple small islands with an open ocean feel. The water depth ranges from 20 to 70 feet deep. You may encounter grouper, manta rays and sharks.
To reach Manihi Island snorkeling by air, fly into the Manihi Airport located on the western side of the atoll from Fa’a'a International Airport (PPT) in Papeete on the island of 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, Manihi is the 8th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 13 snorkeling dives in French Polynesia.