Many people come just for that. The reputation of the island’s dive sites is well-known the world over and there are numerous diving clubs to help you get the most out of your stay. There isn’t a better place to take your very first dive and for the more experienced, Rangiroa is like a dream come true. There are all kinds of sharks to observe: tiger, gray, hammerhead, white tip…and you can swim with manta rays, even getting right up close if you’re lucky. And naturally, the lagoon abounds with dolphins, eagle rays and multitudes of brightly-colored tropical fish.
If you don’t like diving underwater, then put on a mask and tuba and glide on the incoming current in Tiputa pass – it’s like swimming in an aquarium! Or if you prefer, you can admire the beauty that lies beneath the surface of the lagoon from the dry comfort of a glass-bottom boat.
On the quayside at Ohotu, close to Tiputa pass, you can dine at the water’s edge in the shelter of the wooden pergola at the restaurant/snack Chez Lili. Renowned for her local cuisine as well as the mouthwatering dishes from her homeland in the Indian Ocean, the ever-cheerful Lili has conquered the hearts of locals and is a favorite with visitors. She also proposes a large choice of delicious vegetarian dishes. There is no better place on the island to recuperate and admire the view.
Please don’t go spear fishing after a diving session – it’s safer for you to stay on the surface. But don’t worry, the locals can take you on a fishing trip that guarantees thrills and puts food on your plate at the end of the day. Fishing is very much a part of the way of life here and some professionals offer fly-fishing or jig fishing excursions out in the ocean. If you prefer surfing, your guesthouse will be delighted to indicate the best surf spots, such as the pass at Avatoru where a surfing competition is held each year. Of course, Polynesia is where it all started!
Back on dry land at the end of the day, you can still continue to admire the richness of the Pacific Ocean. As the sun begins to set, go and sit somewhere opposite Tiputa pass and you can marvel at the dolphins leaping and diving in the waves. A truly thrilling display that warms the heart of everyone who witnesses it. A magical ballet to bring a glorious end to your day on the water.