Dive in Fakarava North with TOPDIVE
TOPDIVE Fakarava North dive center
A veritable undersea Garden of Eden. Fakarava has been classified as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve due to the rich diversity of its ecosystem. The undersea flora and fauna promises a richness in the myriad species you are likely to encounter.
The 2 passes that connect its lagoon to the ocean are GARUAE and TUMAKOHUA. They offer among the best dives in Polynesia. The northern pass of GARUAE is the largest in the Tuamotu Islands and probably holds the highest density of fish with the most amazing pelagic encounters ever seen.
Our dive center is located on the northern side in the village of Rotoava. A main meeting point for divers before and after dives.
Regular dive expeditions to the southern pass are organized weekly through the northern side dive centers.
TOPDIVE Fakarava Nord
- Rotoava village
Tel. : +689 40 98 43 76
Mobile : +689 87 29 22 32
Fakarava North dive sites
To the left, leaving the pass, we have the superb reef-flat at 65 feet before reaching the sharp drop-off. Channelled reef-flat, variety of corals notably acroporas (table corals) and soft corals. With fewer fish than OHUTU we can enjoy this dive for its habitat and unexpected encounters all throughout the dive. Due to unexpected currents, this dive recommended is particularly for the experienced diver.
2. Garuae pass
The widest in Polynesia - about a mile long. World renowned for its biodiversity, it is famous for currents, sometimes strong. A dive in this north pass will be an unforgettable adventure. For reasons of security and visibility, dives are conducted in slack water or with inflowing currents in accord with the tides and with your diving experience. You never know what you might come across. Giant specimens can appear at any moment from beyond the fore-reef. In the pass entrance, you will likely run into the famous Raira (gray reef shark) cruising by the dozen in a haze of fish and color. Be prepared for the Ali Baba canyon where the fish gather to shelter from the currents! This dive is from around a 50-70 foot depth. It requires significant experience with strong currents and divers in full command of their buoyancy and ease of movements.
3. Ohotu reef
On the right side upon leaving the Garuae pass is the magnificent reef-flat at 40 feet, dipping gently to around 100 feet just before the drop-off wall. The dive will proceed along the wall and end back up on the coral gardens of the reef-flat. As well as exhibiting a profusion of vibrant and healthy coral specimens, the reef is a veritable hatching ground for fish. Along the drop-off, we usually come across grey and lagoon white-tip sharks, tuna, scads and manta rays. This dive is open to divers of all levels of experience.
4. Pufana reef
Located inside the lagoon, near the north pass, shallow (down to 50 feet), the dive is ideal for beginners, training or supplementary dives. It is also the dream place for photographers in search of luminosity (white sand) and calm scenes sheltered from the currents. A good proliferation of flora and fauna of the area. You will come across all kinds of sharks.
Your dives in Fakarava North - General information
Dive schedule :
- 8:00am : Fun dives
- 10:30am : Introductory dives, certification dives (fun dives on request)
- 02:00pm : Fun dives
- Sunset dives on request
115 tanks aluminium/steel, Air/nitrox (6L, 10L, 12L, 15L)
50 regulators (with emergency regulator and computer console)
60 upscale life jackets (Sea quest and Pro QD)
40 shorty wetsuits
30 integral wetsuits
40 sets of fins, mask and snorkel
- 1 BWA semi-rigid dive boat 8,50 meters - 280 Cv in-board Volvo
- 1 aluminium open dive boat 7 meters - 250 cv Yamaha out-board
FFESSM/CMAS - PADI - ANMP/CEDIP
Free pick-up :
By car, from all hotel/pensions on the North side of the atoll
Diving day in the South
Private dives :
- Private diving instructor
- Private boat
- Services on Yacht
Divers of all levels are welcome in our TOPDIVE dive centers.
For divers under 12 and over 75 years old, please contact us directly to get acquainted with our special procedures.
Staff TOPDIVE Fakarava North
- David Guerin David Guerin
- Irene Cadousteau Irene Cadousteau
- Maud Tarico Maud Tarico
- Jean Charles Bonneau Jean Charles Bonneau
- Elvis Teata Elvis Teata
- Viri Taverio Viri Taverio
- Manatua Taupua Manatua Taupua
TOPDIVE Fakarava - Photo Gallery