Comprised of 118 islands, French Polynesia is a paradise for anyone who loves enchanting deep blue waters, lagoons and turquoise ocean passages. The crystal-clear waters of the open Pacific Ocean offer a truly diverse and majestic scuba diving experience. With over 800 species of lush sub-aquatic flora and fauna, the area is home to an amazing marine biodiversity
The visibility underwater is generally fantastic, and encounters with sharks, manta and stingrays are almost guaranteed. One of the stars of the show here are the Humpback whales that migrate through the area from July to early November, and snorkelling trips can be arranged to swim or freedive with these awe-inspiring creatures.
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For one of the truly awe-inspiring experiences on the planet, you can’t go past swimming with a pod of humpback whales. From August to October, female humpbacks visit the islands of Tahiti, Moorea, and Bora Bora to give birth in the warm, clear, surrounding waters. There are few places left in the world where you can do this with such a guarantee of an encounter. Strict observation rules and procedures are in place to protect both the whales and their visitors.
French Polynesia is one of the largest shark sanctuaries in the world, and you will come across them everywhere scuba diving around the local islands that make up the region. Sharks are an important part of the local culture; violence against them is illegal, and so many shark species are thriving. Bora Bora, Tahiti Moorea, and Rangiroa are all fantastic spots to dive or snorkel with sharks. The island of Fakarava, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, is home to one of the planet’s most sought-after shark dive experiences. In June and July, marbled grouper aggregate in large numbers to spawn, and the sharks come to feed, creating the famous ‘wall of sharks’ dive.
Plant-based fare is not too tricky to source in the main islands, as you reach the outer groups, it can become a bit a bit tougher. French Polynesia is blessed with a good supply of fresh fruits and vegetables, and the cuisine is a delightful mix of French, and traditional Polynesian, with a hint of Chinese.
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French Polynesia is a group of many islands located in the South Pacific. The quickest way to get here is to fly from New Zealand, Australia or Japan into Faa’a International Airport.
There are also direct flights from the United States, and Hong Kong.
French Polynesia provides amazing diving experiences for divers of all levels of certification and experience. From thrilling drift dives in the current, to more placid diving in lagoons and on calm coral reefs. Here is also an incredible destination for snorkellers.
Scuba diving in French Polynesia is not cheap, although not as expensive as diving over in Fiji. Given how remote this location is and how absolutely mind-bogglingly good the diving can be, you may just have to treat yourself.
The diving here is so great it does not matter how you do it. Only two dive liveaboards are available, which need to be booked long in advance to secure a spot.
Dive centres are well located, and getting to the best dive sites is a short boat ride away.
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French Polynesia is a fantastic place to learn to dive. There are many calm lagoons with plenty of healthy coral and fish life to explore as you begin your scuba journey. With at least 11 PADI-affiliated dive centres in the area, one should be convenient to you.
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