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TOPDIVE Fakarava Hot

Location : French Polynesia - See the map TOPDIVE Fakarava

Address : Fakarava, French Polynesia
Phone : +689 98 43 76
Website : http://www.topdive.com/fakarava-diving.html
Email : fakarava@topdive.com
Languages spoken : English  •  French
Diving agencies : ANMP  •  CEDIP  •  CMAS  •  PADI
Courses offered : Dive intro / try dives  •  Open water / beginners course  •  Advanced course  •  Nitrox course
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Safety equipment available : O2 medical kit  •  Medical kits in boat  •  DAN affiliation
Dive centers services : Own boat  •  Kids friendly  •  Own vehicles  •  Own air compressor  •  Underwater photography or video  •  Equipment gear rentals
Technical diving capacity : Nitrox compressor  •  Rebreather services
Type of tank provided : Aluminium 12-13 Lts
Typical tank fill : 230 Bar
Price for 1 dive including equipment and staff/guide : 80 to 99 USD
Price for 1 dive excluding equipment but with staff/guide : N/A
Note: Prices are given for 1 dive to get a price level comparison. However, many dive centers propose ONLY package for 2 or more dives. So we have divided the total price by the number of dives to obtain the price level for 1 dive.
Time to go to the nearest hospital : Less than 10 minutes
Name of the nearest airport city : Fakarava, FAV
Average time to reach this airport : Less than 15 minutes
Level required : Open water level required - 18 meters depth limit

Description for the dive shop TOPDIVE Fakarava

Fakarava is another major dive destination French Polynesia. With its incredible marine biodiversity, it has been cited as a UNESCO biosphere. Almost as big as Rangiroa, Fakarava is also doted with 2 passes: GARUAE and TUMAKOHUA passes. TOPDIVE has 3 dive centers located on each side of the atoll. Two on the North side 25 minutes from GARUAE pass and the other on the South side 10 minutes from TUMAKOHUA pass.

Seasoned divers are familiar with Fakarava and the incredible diving in the passes. On the North side, the GARUAE pass is the widest in French Polynesia measuring about a mile in length. On the South side, the TUMAKOHUA pass is not as large but its size does not discount the beauty of its marine flora and fauna. In Fakarava, there are no set dive schedules since the dives are predominantly drift in nature. They have to be timed with the incoming tides. The schedules are determined the night before, all conditions permitting.
Like Rangiroa, you start from the open sea, drifting into the lagoon. When the tide is going out, the dives are made outside the reef on the outer rim away from the strong outgoing current. As an atoll considered rather "off the beaten (dive) track" Fakarava dive sites are relatively untouched and dense in coral formations as well as marine wildlife: sharks, manta rays, barracudas, turtles, schools of tuna and bonito, etc.
Be in for a wonderful diving surprise as you see the "show" of impressive fauna traffiking between the passes. The drift dives are just as action-packed and the density of reef fish is beyond one's comprehension. Clouds of squirrelfish, and yellow goatfish can be seen floating on the reef; and there is also the famous "shark wall" on the south side dive of the TUMAKOHUA pass. There, you literally see hundreds of sharks swimming before you.

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