The Passes Review
Avatoru and Tiputa passes offer some of the best drift diving in the world. Divers, accompanied by a guide, are dropped off on the ocean side of the atoll into the fast-moving current and are sucked through the pass by the tide. Feeling an amazing adrenaline rush, divers come (literally) face to face with hundreds of fish, along with giant napoleon wrasses, hawksbill turtles, manta and eagle rays, dolphins, and sharks—gray reefs, lemons, hammerheads, and dozens of black-tips. Snorkeling and glass bottom boat trips explore the calmer waters of the Tiputa Pass, and seek out the dolphins that are cavorting in the waves.
- Cost: Snorkeling from 4,000 CFP for two hours; dives 6,450–6,800 CFP; glass-bottom boat trips 3,000 CFP for one hour; dolphin watch cruises and snorkeling in quieter waters from 4,500 CFP for two hours.
- Location: Rangiroa