Northeast of Tahiti in the Tuamotu Island Chain, the snorkeling off Tikehau Island is known for its shark encounters and giant clams. Known for the best snorkeling in Polynesia, the Tuamotu archipelago consists of Tikehau, Fakarava, Rangiroa. The island of Rangiroa is located about 200 miles northeast of the island of Tahiti. The atoll barrier reef creates a protected lagoon that is habitat to plenty of black-tipped reef sharks, along with triggerfish, eagle rays and barracuda. The best time of year for Tikehau snorkeling is during the winter months from May through September when there is less rain and more calm days.
To reach the Tikehau snorkeling by air, there are regular inter-island flights on Air Tahiti from Fa’a’a International (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. In case you are coming from the Cook Islands, Air Tahiti also serves Cook Islands to Fa’a’a Airport.
Overall, Tikehau is the 12th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 13 snorkeling dives in French Polynesia.