French Polynesia in a Nutshell
Its stunning underwater diversity makes French Polynesia one of the best diving destinations in the world, boasting colorful tropical fish, manta rays, and an array of sharks. Consisting of 118 incredible islands and atolls that host many varied dive sites, French Polynesia provides adventure for both the most and least experienced scuba divers, offering a special experience for everyone.
Intro to French Polynesia
French Polynesia, casually referred to as Tahiti, is one of the world's top dive destinations, boasting at least 16 species of shark. The shark population is very high--estimated to range into the millions--which means divers have the potential to see hundreds of sharks in the clear French Polynesian waters.
Underwater Video from Rangiroa, French Polynesia
Underwater Video from Fakarava--Grouper Spawning Frenzy
Rangiroa offers great diving with dolphins, gray reef sharks, and silvertip sharks. They also have schools of jacks and barracuda, eagle rays, turtles whitetip and blacktip sharks. Manta Rays are sighted occasionally. Visibility is excellent. The bigger sharks can be quite deep, 35 - 50 meters deep. Macro life is limited.
In a week stay, you can usually get dolphins to make a few close passes, and they have been known to play with divers.
Fakarava is a great place to dive with sharks - including gray reef, lemon sharks, blacktip and whitetip sharks. There are also many schools of fish, barracuda, and eagle rays. Visibility is excellent.
Best time to dive Tahiti
December and January are the rainy months. Any other time is excellent, although it can be crowded during french holidays and school holidays. Water temps are 81 degrees Fahrenheit.