The Blue Lagoon

The Blue Lagoon is one of the most popular attractions in Rangiroa. Small palm tree-covered islets border this natural pool, sometimes described as a “lagoon within a lagoon”. Snorkeling with blacktip reef sharks and lemon sharks in the surrounding waters of the islets is an amazing experience.
How to get there?

The Blue Lagoon is located a one-hour boat ride from Avatoru and Tiputa, the main villages of the atoll. Day tour to the Blue Lagoon (including lunch on the islets, and snorkeling with sharks) are organized by several tour operators on the island, and can be booked through your hotel or guesthouse (from euro 100 per person). The tours sometimes includes a snorkeling stop in the Avatoru Pass, on the way to the Blue Lagoon.

Aerial view


Two areas of the Blue Lagoon are particularly recommended for snorkeling:

- A relatively deep area (↕4-6m) located outside of the lagoon, equipped with buoys, where the excursionists usually stop their boat to allow their guests to observe the sharks and snorkel with them (area n.2 on the map above). You will enter the water from the boat, when your guide will allow you to do so. This area is full of sharks, mainly mature blacktip reef sharks (1-1.5m long), but also impressive lemon sharks (2-3m long). Do not try to reach this area by yourself from the islets, as the sharks are sometimes nervous after being fed by unconscious tour operators.

- A shallow area (↕0.5-1m) bordering the south edge of the main islet, where most of excursionist will drop you for the day (area n.1 on the map above). This reef flat is home to juvenile blacktip reef sharks, slowly patrolling under the Polynesian sun. You can snorkel in this area by yourself, entering the water from the islet.

When snorkeling with sharks, swim smoothly and don’t try to chase or feed them.

Blue Lagoon Rangiroa Snorkeling Sharks
Blacktip reef sharks at the Blue Lagoon (area n.2)

Restaurants and accommodation

All day tours to the Blue Lagoon includes a Polynesian lunch on the beach of one of the islets surrounding the lagoon.

Snorkeling Report gives the most precise tips possible about the snorkeling spots and potential dangers, but each one of us is responsible for our own safety in the water. For more information, take a look at the snorkeling safety page. If you want to add extra information or make any corrections to the spot descriptions, please contact us.

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Spot tips

  • Type of spot
  • Level of difficulty
  • Maximum depth
    2-15ft/0,5-4m (depending of the area)
  • Water entrance
    Easy, from a sandy beach
  • Lifeguard
  • Visitor numbers
  • Access costs
    Tour price (from €100pp.)
  • Restaurants nearby
    No (tours includes lunch)

Spot map

Spot photos

Underwater spot photos

Species you may spot while snorkeling The Blue Lagoon

Common name Scientific name Abundance Fishbase Wikipedia
Lemon shark
Negaprion brevirostris Common
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