The island of Providenciales has some great and famous snorkeling spots around Grace Bay beach, like Coral Gardens and Smith Reef. These are great spots but sometimes there can be busy with lots of people, specially Coral Gardens. One of my favorite spots for snorkeling and photographing coral reefs is located far from the spots, it’s name is Malcolm Beach at North West Point.
Malcolme Beach is located away from Grace Bay and you will have to drive for quite a wile and on a dirt road but once you get there you get one of the must stunning and beautiful views you can find in Providenciales.
After lots of research about diving in French Polynesia, I read about some incredible dives in an atoll located in the Tuamotus.
The name of this atoll is Fakarava and it has been designated as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve for the preservation of rare species. A small part of the atoll is inhabited, with only just over 400 people.
It took me about an hour and ten minutes by plane to get there from Pappete. I stayed on the north part of Fakarava where I did most of my dives with Fakarava dive center.
Most of the dives are done outside the lagoon and you drift with the strong currents. It is here that you will see most of the big pelagics like sharks, manta rays and even sail fish.
During my stay I also went to the south pass where I did some of my best dives. The dives are done in the channel into the lagoon where you can see hundreds of sharks hovering over the wall. The dives normally end at the Tetamanu Village where you can enjoy stunning coral reefs in the shallow water.
Here are some images from two dives that I did today at North West Point. The first dive was at the The Amphitheater where I saw a couple of reef sharks and a hawksbill turtle. The wall at this dive site has some nice corals on the ledge.
Thunderdome, the second dive site, is famous for having a dome like metal structure that was left behind from a TV show called Pago Pago that was filmed here in the 90s. Inside the dome are many soft corals attached to the metal and it is home to a school of fish – mostly grunts and snappers. Continue reading →