Katy dances with the Rangiroa dolphins. Polynesia, October 2012.
Katy dances with the Rangiroa dolphins. Polynesia, October 2012.

Rangiroa Dolphins

  Polynesia: Maupiti + Rangiroa + Moorea - October 2012

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In Rangiroa, Polynesia, dolphins love to play underwater with divers! Video demonstration in the Tiputa pass.

Immersion in the Tiputa pass

Too bad for the timeline, I tell you this little Relaxed stay-diving in French Polynesia I've just edited a nice underwater video, which I'm dying to share!

It's happening at Rangiroa, in the archipelago of Tuamotu. It is an immense atoll, whose lagoon forms a real inland sea: 80 km long, 32 km wide. One never sees the end of it!

The Motu (small coral island) all in length, where the tourist activity is concentrated, is surrounded by two passes, Avatoru and Tiputa, famous in the small world of divers... And for good reason. I can't resist the pleasure of showing you what happens, under the surface, when one "innocently" goes into the water to make bubbles in Tiputa's water:

Dolphins players

If the dolphins are in a playful mood, they immediately come and twirl around the divers... You can hear them announcing themselves by whistling. You open your eyes behind your mask to see something in the blue. Suddenly, there they are!

They dance and whirl, going from one diver to another, not shy at all, not hesitating to graze you. You can see, in my little video, how hard it is for me to follow and keep in the lens one of these dolphins that is circling around me... I end up filming my flippers!

Of course, it is recommended not to touch the dolphins. But they are so familiar and they come so close, almost in contact, that many divers find it difficult to resist the reflex of reaching out to caress them in passing ...

Katy, from the excellent center Y Aka DivingIn Rangiroa, we explain that it is useless to palmer behind them or to try to approach them. They are the ones who decide and come to us. If they choose to do so, we avoid direct contact, but we can make gestures under the water and imitate their swimming, to stimulate them, to show them that we are playful moods and encourage them to stay…

It's her, with the yellow flippers, in the video, performing a whole water ballet with the dolphins!

Katy dances with the Rangiroa dolphins. Polynesia, October 2012.
Katy dances with the Rangiroa dolphins. (Polynesia, October 2012)

Thank you, Katy, for these incredible moments !!!

Another video to (re) discover ...

If you like this kind of encounter with dolphins, I invite you to watch another short video, which I made in Egypt in October 2011. It was during a snorkeling trip in the Red Sea, in the bay of Sataya:

Red Sea - Dance with dolphins

Dolphins. Sataya, Egypt. December 2011.

  Polynesia: Maupiti + Rangiroa + Moorea - October 2012

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  1. Arf you were lucky to see them!
    I missed them three days in a row ! 😥
    it is true that it is a pleasure to dive with Katy, she even managed to plunge my wife (it was really not won!)
    Did you also have the chance to cross the hammers?

    That's it, I want to go back !!! 😥 😛

    1. @Julien: the dolphins came from my first dive, the first day, then to the second the same day! The following days, we have seen them again, but less, or more quickly. In short, a dolphin festival, during my stay there!

      Not seen hammers, no, but the other sharks were there ... And then some mantas too !!! But a bit far ...

      As for Katy, she managed to plunge a friend with whom I had come, and who was not especially reassured at the idea of breathing in a regulator, after a first not very successful baptism in Thailand. To read on his blog:

      Here, I want to go back, too!!!! 😡

  2. Hello Corinne,

    It is when you attack these seasons of autumn and winter that the desire to start is the strongest!
    So we continue to play the Euromillions and we drown in this type of report and saying "it's already that! "(Souchon). I have always seen dolphins on the surface but never under! What a foot ...


    1. Eric: Well, that's an idea, that... I'm going to play EuroMillions, you never know, it could finance a next visit to the dolphins... 😉
      (What a foot, yes, it's nothing to say it !!!)

    1. @Julien: there, we also see them very often from the boats. When we enter the pass, we surf on the waves in Zodiac and we see the dolphins play around, it's really incredible.
      To see them underwater, you must either be lucky or dive on sites where we know that there are resident dolphins.

  3. We all have the fantasy of touching Oum the dolphin! ; D
    It's superb, it looks like they dance a ballet!

    But I ask myself a question ... is it the dolphins are not exactly "over-stimulated" with all these humans who come to see them?

    1. @ Melissa: I am not an expert and have not spent enough time in Rangiroa to have an objective view of things.
      For what I could see, the dive centers there are more concerned with the welfare of the dolphins and try to be careful not to disturb them. As I said above, it is the dolphins who choose or not to come to meet the divers. There is no feeding or anything special to attract or stimulate them. People get in the water, but no guarantee that dolphins come. The dolphins live rather offshore, in the blue.

    1. @Fabrice: yes, you saw, the paint is fresh... 😉 My Little Bubbles are still in the middle of a makeover, there are still a lot of little things to polish up, but the essential is operational.

      Thank you for your little word on the video. Yes, I wish you all the best to have the chance to live this kind of underwater meeting. Latin America, since you spend a lot of time there, does not miss beautiful diving destinations ...

  4. Hello,

    I worked two years on rangi, and without being a specialist in dolphins and animal behavior, I think that Melissa is right: no quota in the tiputa pass, divers have imposed their presence, and stimulated the tursiops by games of finning. It is indeed impossible to touch them if they do not want to, but for as much, to attend them every day for 20 years, to go towards them and to stimulate them by exciting them on their territory to modify their behavior. As proof, in 2008 they were untouchable, and some unscrupulous providers (I am convinced that this is not the case of Katy, very green) like to caress them ... The goal? ...

    Sites in Egypt, off El Gouna, allow the same type of meetings, at a more reasonable rate. And without interactions, the Egyptians being very strict regarding the preservation of the species and the fauna.

    1. @AtollDiver: I'm not a specialist either, and I was only a diver client, for a few days, in Rangiroa ...

      But your remarks are very accurate. No quota, permanent attendance for 20 years: it necessarily has an influence on animals.

      For my part, in Egypt, I was lucky to be able to snorkel with the dolphins of Sataya Bay. Extraordinary! There too, the dolphins came very close. But we only stayed a few minutes in the water. And I think the scuba diving was not allowed on the site itself.

  5. I had the chance to see the dolphins in Martinique and Mauritius, but the most magical moment is undoubtedly when they came to swim with us during a dive in Guadeloupe, I loved ... But I do not have no pictures to remind me unfortunately ... Great pictures, thank you!