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
UNDERWATER VIDEO FROM MOOREA
UNDERWATER VIDEO FROM BORA BORA
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 one of the world's best diving destinations. There are two notable passes that feed into the lagoon. The first is the Garuae Pass, located on the north side, which is the widest navigable pass in French Polynesia. The second is the Tumakohua Pass, located on the south side. This pass is home to a narrow underwater valley known as Shark's Hole, which is heavily populated with lemon, whitecap and hammerhead sharks.
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.
Moorea's underwater has an infinite range of canyons, chasms, and promontories. Fish feeding is common here so divers are often surrounded by schools of small and large marine life. Some of the highlights of Moorea diving include diving with Moorea Sharks, including the amazing Lemon Sharks. With a lack of strong currents, Moorea is perfect for beginners while the deeper canyons attract the more advanced divers.
DIVING BORA BORA
Diving within the waters of Bora Bora, the most beautiful lagoon in the world, is on many divers’ “must do” list because of the abundance of large marine life. Bora Bora diving is famous for manta rays and sharks, and you will see colorful hard and soft corals, teeming with reef fish everywhere.
Diving in Bora Bora is good year-round. The water temperature is always warm with an average of 84°F (29°C) in summer and 79°F (26°C) degrees in winter. The water is very clear, the visibility is over 100 feet (30m).
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.