Diving in french polynesia
Each “tourist” island of French Polynesia has its own “chips” in terms of diving and will be of interest not only for beginners, but also experienced divers. The local dive clubs offer the services of instructors with certificates of the main international federations: PADI, NAUI, CMAS, CEDIP, etc. The level of service provided and the safety of dives are very high. All dive centers are fully equipped with equipment for scuba diving, which is regularly serviced.
Without exception, the islands of French Polynesia are interesting for lovers of snorkeling. The ocean in the lagoons resembles a kaleidoscope with colored glass stones – fish and mollusks of the most whimsical forms and colors. Many hotels have their own “home” reefs, where you can swim and watch ocean dwellers for hours. You can feed from the hands of fish butterflies, swim with velvet slopes … everyone will find something to do in the soul and in harmony with nature.
On the islands, it is also possible to purchase an “open water training” package, which includes the necessary amount of practical and theoretical lessons for obtaining the PADI Open Water certificate (after passing the exam) and 5 lessons with an instructor, including diving in open water. Its cost is about 500 EUR.
Prices on the page are as of April 2019.
During the “high season” diving is better to book and book in advance.
The best coaches and instructors are working in Tahiti to take PADI and CMAS courses. In the lagoon of the Tahiti-Iti peninsula there are sharks and giant turtles, and from June to October – whales. Multi-colored corals grow in the flowing water of the passes and the outer reef. In the lagoon of the island, in the vicinity of Papeete, the remains of sunken ships and airplanes lie at a shallow depth.
The lagoons of the island of Moorea are famous for very clear water. There are sea turtles, various stingrays, barracudas, moray eels and many different types of sharks (lemon, gray, reef, etc.)
The island of Bora Bora is one of the most beautiful lagoons in the world. Here you can find flocks of gray rays, sea turtles and coral gardens. Immediately they conduct “extreme” underwater excursions: a dance with lemon sharks and feeding sharks.
Tahaa and Raatea
Two of the twin islands of Taha and Raiatea offer deep-sea diving, speloodiving and “wreck” – diving to the remains of sunken ships. There are many species of reef sharks and nudibranch mollusks.
Rangiroa and Fakarava
Rangiroa and Fakarava are the richest lagoons in Polynesia: manta rays, great ocean sharks, hammerheads, reef sharks, turtles, a great variety of all kinds of exotic fish and dolphins. Diving in Rangiroa and Fakarava can rightly be called the best in all of French Polynesia.
There are two dive sites off the coast of Manihi – in the lagoon and along the sheer outer slopes of the atoll. Under the water here is very beautiful, and marine life is non-aggressive and non-hazardous.
Confirmed scientific fact: in the Tikehau Lagoon – the richest underwater fauna in the whole archipelago. Accordingly, there are plenty of divers here, especially in the strait between the ocean and the lagoon, where a huge number of marine inhabitants gather during strong currents.