About us

Some practical information

Small friendly structure, 10 divers max.

Our center is open all year round.

Intended for all levels.

Safer to book in advance.

Our team:
Vincent, owner and instructor, based in 2001 in Fakarava, created Kaina Plongee in 2011..
3 instructors, residing on the island for ten years.
Our certifications: First Aid PSE1 and 2.

BEES 1er, DEJESPS, FFESSM E3, CMAS *** instructor, Nitrox Instructor, CCR Submatix diver and AP Valves. gas blender.

We kindly lend all diving equipment.
230bars compensated steel and alu cylinders (12 l and 15 l) valves are DIN and International .

Which wetsuit?
November to April: water 28/29 ° C. Austral summer season (warn without wind).
Our instructors dive in lycra, our divers in shorty or full 3mm.
May to October: water 26/27 ° c. Trade winds season (cool with wind).
Our instructors dive in shorty / hood 5mm, our divers 3 or 5mm.
  • For those sensitive to cold, we lend full 3mm + shorty hood 5 / 6mm;
  • Sea raincoat are supplied in case of rain/wind. For sensitive ears, we recommend you to get ear's bandage;
  • RIB "AQUAPRO" 8m, comfortable and spacious with a "Suzuki" 225hp engine;
  • Compressor »BAUER Mariner 19 cubic meters;
  • 230bar compensated steel and aluminum cylinders (12 liters and 15 liters);
  • SEA SCUBAPRO Center;
  • Hydros, Lighthawk, T One Vests Size XXS to XL;
  • Full suits (3mm). shorty 3mm and 5.5mm;
  • DIN SCUBAPRO regulators;
  • Children's Equipment (7 liter bottles, adapted mouthpiece, shorty);
  • Scubapro masks, fins 35 to 47.
Find out more

By its surface area, this atoll is the 2nd of the Tuamotu. 60km long and 25km wide, it is rectangular in shape and oriented approximately from NW to SE. It is an immense coral ring, made up in the North and East of a large uninterrupted motu over more than 40km and on its South and West coasts of a few islets with coconut palms.
It is located 450km east-north-east of Tahiti. It is accessible by 2 passes: that of Garuae, which is located in the North, the widest of Polynesia (1600m) and the Tumakohua pass (wide of 200m) located in the South of the atoll, with the small village of Tetamanu next to it. . The 2 passes are different from each other but they are rich in discovery (see chapter Dives).

Reach French Polynesia:
  • From Europe: Transit through Los Angeles with Air France, Air Tahiti Nui. Via San Francisco with French Bee, United Airlines;
  • From London: Air New Zealand;
  • From Honolulu with Hawaiian Airlines;
  • From Santiago via Easter Island;
  • From Australia or New Zealand with Air New Zealand;
  • From New Caledonia with Air Calin or the Cook Islands with Air Tahiti;
  • From Japan: Departure from Tokyo with Japan Airlines.
Reach Fakarava:
  • Air Tahiti: direct flight 1h10 or transit via Rangiroa (2h);
  • For Adventurers: Crossing by cargo boat (Cobia 3), departure from Tahiti on Mondays, arrival Fakarava Wednesday or Thursday. Cost around 50 euros one way.
The airport and the main village of Rotoava (about 850 habitants) are located in the north of the atoll. In the village there are 4 food stores including 1 bakery, some snacks, post office, medical center, possibility to rent bicycles. Please note that there is no bank, but there is an ATM at the post office Purchases are made either in XPF cash / $ USD / €, credit card or local checks.

No specific vaccination is required to stay in Polynesia.
Mosquito repellent lotions and sunscreen are strongly recommended.

Local diving rules:

  • 6 meters: Intro Dive. Child 3 meters;
  • 12 meters PE-12: Supervised Diver 12m – DSD and Open Water Junior PADI;
  • 20 meters PE-20: Diver Level 1 – CMAS *, Open Water PADI NAUI SSI;
  • 30 meters PE-30 = (CMAS * diver + 30m skills). Certificate issued on site by the club.

  • 40 meters: Level 2 diver – CMAS **. PADI TEC 40, SSI Extended Range, TDI Deco Procedures, IANTD Advanced EANx Diver;
  • 50 meters: Level 3 diver – CMAS ***. PADI TEC 50, PADI TEC 50, SSI Technical Extended Range, TDI Extended Range, IANTD Technical Diver.
Diving documents:
  • Dive card or copy on phone required;
  • The medical certificate is not compulsory but strongly recommended. No doctor in Fakarava. If necessary, a medical form will be filled in at the club;
  • Diving insurance is not compulsory, strongly recommended. In the event of an accident, you will be responsible for the costs incurred. (plane evacuation, hyperbaric sessions). You can subscribe one of our insurances on site or online.

Deco stop:
Drift dives generally require mandatory stops of less than 5 minutes, sometimes 10 minutes depending on the type of computer used.

Divers certified other than CMAS (Padi, Naui, SSI) are required to have the Deco procedure or to justify in a logbook any deco dives.

Kaina Plongée

Open 7/7 all year round
Fakarava - French Polynesia
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