A magical dive at Tibarama Island
Created in 1996 by Martin Ravanat, who holds a professional certificate (Brevet d’Etat 1er degré) and is a PADI instructor, the dive center is now run by Laurent Cagnard BEES 1 nitrox trimix instructor, assisted by Jenny-Ann multilingual Helloco The diver, BEES 1.
The diving team offers dive explorations and dive lessons as well as snorkelling outings to enable everyone to discover the beauties and riches of the lagoon of the east of New Caledonia.
Based on the beach next to the Tieti Tera Beach Resort, the centre has just opened all new premises built in the same spirit as the Tieti Tera Beach Resort. This small and comfortable structure is beautifully decorated with maps and posters with underwater photographs of the local seabed designed by Martin Ravanat.
The outings to sea depart from the nautical centre located a ten-minute drive from the dive centre.
Like in most dive centres on the territory, two successive morning dives are available. Dive depth is limited to 25 m and the duration of each dive varies between 45 and 60 minutes. Dive explorations take place in the lagoon facing Poindimie, some 25 minutes by boat from the coast, around the 4 km large namesake pass with a 1 km long shallow. Various sites are located on the shallow, which has a landscape pierced by faults, arches and canyons featuring a colourful and diverse fauna, namely a profusion of gorgonian sea fans and Alcyonaceas.
An excellent diving spot for microphotography fans
Beginners’ first dives generally take place in the morning from the beautiful Tibarama islet. After having discovered the terrestrial beauty of this little gem, novices can admire the seabeds surrounding it. The diversity of the fauna is a feast for beginners and seasoned drivers alike, and amateur photographers can take shots of nudibranchs and other micro-organisms. Considered as a microphotography specialist for his skills as a guide, Martin Ravanat enjoys helping divers find these hidden treasures. The Tieti Diving Centre is especially known for its dives at night, which take place at accessible sites along the coast in relatively shallow waters harbouring an unknown and extraordinary universe.