Fakarava in the Tuamotu Islands is a land and sea refuge for rare and endangered species. The atoll has a remarkable natural environment and has been declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. The reserve is estimated to have one of the greatest concentrations of sharks in the world and is home to the famous site known as ‘the wall of sharks’.

Dive sites in Fakarava

An encounter with gray sharks and a host of other marine species is an experience you won’t easily forget.

Le mur de requins de Fakarava © Bernard Beaussier

Tetamanu Pass

An hour by boat from the main village, Tetamanu Pass in the south of Fakarava is a dive site that you won’t forget in a hurry. The moderate current and incredible quantity and variety of fish in the pass make it a perfect home for sharks. There are so many of them in the same place that they form a veritable wall of sharks, which has to be seen to be believed.

Garuae Pass

At 30 to 40 meters deep and 1.6 km wide, Garuae Pass in the north of the atoll is one of the biggest in The Islands of Tahiti. As you drift into the lagoon on the incoming current, you’ll see the silhouettes of some big predators in the distance, and you’ll be able to observe barracudas, groupers and rays up close. You should have at least diving level 2 for this site.

Les fameux merou de Fakarava © Frédérique Legrand-

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If diving isn’t really your thing, there are planty of other nautical activities for you to try in Fakarava. Swimming, snorkeling, sailing, paddleboarding, jetskiing and of course, basking in the sun on a soft white sandy beach..

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