Snorkeling Adventure in Tiputa Pass
Rangiroa, French Polynesia
- Tiputa Pass: One of only two ways into the Rangiroa lagoon, Tiputa Pass is one of the most exciting snorkeling sites in the world – your chance to see a variety of large fish that could include hammerhead sharks and bottlenose dolphins.
- The Aquarium: We'll stop at this popular snorkeling spot, a blissfully protected sanctuary named for the thousands of tropical fish that swim along with you.
- Equipment check: Everything you need for your snorkeling adventure is included in the package, such as the mask, snorkel, and fins, plus a professional guide.
- Roundtrip transportation: Hotel pick-up and drop-off from most local hotels is included; a small fee may apply at some locations.
About This Rangiroa Tour
They call it "Shooting the Pass." A boat takes you out to the ocean side of the Rangiroa atoll where you get in the water. Then, you relax and let the current carry you back in through the Tiputa Pass, while you admire the underwater world below.
Depending on the time of year, you're likely to see manta and leopard rays, barracudas, turtles, Napoleon fish, large titan trigger fish, humphead wrasse, and more. Depending on the time of day, you may see the extraordinary show that bottlenose dolphins put on playing in the waves formed by the currents.
There's always a shark or two in the pass. Most likely blacktip or lemon sharks. But occasionally, hammerheads, silvertips, and even tiger sharks have been seen in the waters, though usually at a greater depth in the pass than you'll be snorkeling over. Not to mention that the pass is nearly 800 feet wide, and you'll be toward the shallower edges.
Closer to you there'll be one school of fish after another displaying seemingly endless combinations of colors, hues, and shades. And of course, a vibrant coral reef that you'll discover while you effortlessly drift into the lagoon – shooting the pass.
During high tide in Tiputa Pass, the rushing water creates a strong incoming current. So strong, in fact, that it makes it possible for large fish to float there motionless as if they were frozen in time. As many as 200 sharks have been seen floating at Tiputa Pass, at a depth of about 165 feet. But they're not there posing for pictures; they're waiting for prey.
We pick up and drop off at any of these locations: All hotels & pensions (except Le Sauvage). You must tell us your preferred location at checkout to confirm. Look for our rep/the boat with the tour's name on a sign.
Be careful not to touch or step on the coral reef, and avoid touch any underwater animals for safety and environmental reasons. Wildlife sightings are likely but never guaranteed.
Itinerary and order of the visited sites may change without prior notice according to weather conditions or other circumstances.
To fully participate in these water activities, you must know how to swim, be comfortable in the water, and able to cope with occasional currents. This tour is not suitable for travelers with limited mobility or those who utilize a wheelchair.
Adventure, Wilderness/Wildlife, Water Sports
Guided underwater tour, Return transfers, Snorkeling equipment
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for travelers 10 years of age and older.
Special Medical Restriction
All travelers must be able to swim and maneuver in and out of the boat. If you have knee or hip problems, have recently suffered an injury, or you are pregnant, this may be a challenge for you.
Any swimming is at each participant's own risk.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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