Diving with TOPDIVE Tikehau
Diving Experience at Tikehau
In 1987, Jacques-Yves Cousteau called Tikehau "the world's richest atoll in fish." In fact, people in Tikehau make a living mostly from fishing and they are the main suppliers of the Papeete market. It also is paradise for scuba divers.This oval-shaped atoll, also known as "Robinson Crusoe's island," has a single large ocean pass and a long crown of islets (motu). It is one of the most beautiful atolls in French Polynesia, the shelter for many bird species that have made a small motu, Bird Island, their home.
|Diving highlights of TIkehau||Blue Nui by TOPDIVE Tikehau|
|Hammerhead sharks : November through April||
Ph/Fax : (689) 96 22 40Mobile : (689) 28 27 07
|Eagle Rays : November through April||Dive manager :
|Manta Ray : July through October||
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|Grey Sharks : May through June||Website : www.topdive.com|
|Schools of barracuda, turtles, deep-water sharks and dolphins : All year round|
|Water Temperature : 79-84 F° (26-29 C°)|
Diving sites :
Scuba diving is the island's main attraction. The beauty and abundance of fauna explain why the sport is so popular, particularly in Tuheiava pass, where the manta rays' ballet alternates with the parade of barracuda and tuna, as well as grey and lemon sharks. The four main diving sites are concentrated around Tuheiava pass, a 30-minute boat ride from the resort. Not to be missed, and accessible to all levels, the manta rays' "service station" where the majestic and placid animals come and get cleaned up by small lagoon fish.
Reef Passes : 1
Diving sites information
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Diving site : Mamaa
|Ocean / max depth 18-75 ft
Diving: A coral amphitheatre, Sharks (black tip), red snapper, paddle snapper, napoleon wrasse, morey eels, and lionfish. All levels, ideal for beginners.
Diving site : The Shark Hole
|Ocean / max depth 30-180 ft
Diving: Vertical break in the reef begins at 20 meters (65 ft) deep. Drift dive.
A breathtaking experience with sharks (grey, white tip, black tip), tuna, school of snapper, napoleon wrasse, morey eels, anemone and school fishes.
Diving site : Tuheiava Pass
|Pass / max depth 15-90 ft
Diving: The entrance of the dive is done on the side of the pass.
This dive is adaptable to divers of any level of experience. Around the large coral formations gravitate a multitude of fish (parrots, triggers, groupers) and divemasters will try to point out the moray eels, lionfish and large stonefish hiding in the crevices. In the open water, schools of barracuda, sea pike, big-eyed and threadfin jackfish, as well as sand emperors cruise close by to get a better look at the divers. Further south, towards the end of the dive there is an explosion of multi-colored coral covering the wall. Napoleon wrasses are always near and manta rays are frequently seen.
A shelf, currents, drifting with the returning current. Sharks (black and white tip), school of big-eyed and threadfin jack fish, school of see pike barracuda, manta rays, parrots, triggers and groupers, napoleon wrasse.
Diving site : Canyons
|Ocean / max depth 60 ft
Diving: Hole and Canyons. Tuna, Barracuda, Grouper, Parrotfish, Wrasses, Morey eels, all kinds of tropical fish. All levels.
Blue Nui by TOPDIVE Tikehau Centre
Blue Nui by TOPDIVE Tikehau diving centre was constructed within the Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort.
It is located near the reception, right on the marina of the hotel.
Sign Up at the activities desk or at the dive center.
- Closets to hang wetsuits.
- Shower on the deck.
- Dive tanks are set up and loaded on the boat by dive staff.
- Lifting and carrying is limited.
Blue Nui by TOPDIVE Tikehau
PADI Resort and CMAS Diving Centre
The diving team:
2 PADI/CMAS instructor
For certified divers:
Departure: 8.30am "two-tank" dive (until 12.pm)
A complimentary snack is offered between two dives (tea and cookies)
Second departure: 1.30pm "single dive" (until 3.pm)
Night Dives on request with a minimum of 4 divers.
Diving morning or afternoon on request
Equipment of the Dive Centre :
|Navigation lights for night||1 polyester catamaran of 7,3 metres||
12 regulators (with emergency regulator)
|30 (12 litres) aluminium tanks (Catalina or Luxfer)||Verticus Bauer|
|Fixed unit Marine VHF radio||2 outboard motor 140 hp.||12 upscale life jackets||Additional kgs weight are available||13.5 m3/hr with 2 holding tanks of 50 litres each filled to 300 bars (3000 psi).|
|Oxygen therapy equipment.||17 divers plus driver.||15 shorty 3mm wet suits||Valves are not compatible with DIN connectors.||Automatic stop and purge system.|
|First aid kit.||25 tank holders.||Assorted size of fines, masks and weight belts.||Adaptaters available.||The Air quality is controlled regularly.|
Dive rates 2012 in xpf :
|Description||Rates Tax inclusive|
|1 Introductory dive||9000 xpf|
|1 Tank Fun dive (certified diver)||8500 xpf|
|2 Tank Fun dive (certified diver)||15500 xpf|
|Night dive||on request|
|6 Fun dives package||43000 xpf|
|10 Fun dives package (available for 2 pers. on 7 islands)||69000 xpf|
|Private Dive (2 tank dive for 2 pers.)||on request|
|Private Dive (1 tank dive for 2 pers.)||on request|
|Private Dive additional person||on request|
|ANMP/CEDIP 1* training "This training includes 4 lessons only in 3 days (certificate & diving logbook included)||48000 xpf|
|PADI Open Water training "This training includes 6 lessons only in 4 days (certificate & diving logbook included)||42000 xpf|
These rates include all taxes and basic equipment (instructor, boat ride, tank, bcd, regulator, weight belt, fins, mask and shorty wetsuit).
* Packages are valid per person in the 3 Blue Nui by TOPDIVE Diving centres : Bora Bora, Tikehau, Manihi and are non transferable neither refundable.