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Stingray World


Ever dreamt of swimming with sharks? The snorkeling spot of Stingray City, a shallow sandbank located in the north of Moorea lagoon, is one of the best in Tahiti islands for living this unique experience. In a few feet of water, you will swim with dozens of blacktip reef sharks (some of them over 4 feet long) and friendly Pacific stingrays. If you explore this spot, we recommend you to pay an additional visit to the snorkeling spot of Motu Fareone & Motu Tiahura, located only a few hundred meters from here.
How to get there?

The nicest (and cheapest) way to explore this spot is by renting a kayak on the beach in front of Hotel Les Tipaniers (about €10/hour). To get to the beach, follow the path located on the left of the hotel entrance. The beach rental staff will tell you how to get to the spot and to the neighboring Motu Fareone. If you’re kayaking, reaching the sandbank will take you about 15 minutes. Moor your kayak to one of the mooring buoy of the spot.

You can also take part in one of the popular day tours leaving from Moorea, but they are quite expensive (often more than €100 per person) and you might have to share the spot with dozens of tourists.

Water entrance

Enter the water directly from your kayak. If you participate to a snorkeling tour, your boat will moor on the sandbank and you’ll simply have to dive in.

Aerial view

Exploration

You only need to put your mask under the water to see the sharks and stingrays coming and going between the boats. You can easily get close to them, but they will swim away if you make any sudden gestures. Some stingrays are quite “tactile”, but don’t forget that they have a stinger that can inflict serious injuries. 

Shark snorkeling Moorea
Blacktip reef shark at Stingray World

Here and there, you will also see jacks, butterflyfish and pinktail triggerfish moving above the sand. 

This is a very popular spot at certain times of day, so watch out for the boats and the other snorkelers. Sea conditions are generally good (few currents or waves) and are adapted to beginners who are looking for strong sensations. 

Restaurants and accommodation

There are no amenities on the spot, located in the middle of the lagoon. After your return trip to Moorea, you can enjoy a snack on Hotel Les Tipaniers’ beach bar. If you take part in a day boat tour, lunch will most probably be included. Make sure of it when booking.

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
    Beginner
  • Maximum depth
    3-6ft/1-1,5m
  • Water entrance
    From a boat/kayak
  • Lifeguard
    No
  • Visitor numbers
    High
  • Access costs
    Free
  • Restaurants nearby
    No
  • Public toilets & showers
    No

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