French Polynesia is full of natural treasures. Its landscapes are among the most beautiful in the world. However, for the moment, you only see the surface of this beauty. Scuba diving takes you even further, into the heart of a fantastic and unsuspected universe. Expect an explosion of colors and discover the best of diving in French Polynesia.
1. Garuae Pass in Fakarava
Famous for its incredible biodiversity, Fakarava in the Tuamotu Islands is the must-see destination for diving in French Polynesia. The most impressive dive is at the Garuae pass, in the north of the atoll. With a width of 1.6 km, this huge pass is also very deep, allowing the ocean to completely penetrate the lagoon. Thousands of fish, big and small, solitary and in schools, create an incredible density.
This drift dive is a journey in contact with many Polynesian sharks, grey reef sharks, white tips and black tips. Sometimes even the great hammerhead shark creates a surprise. Tropical fishes swim above the magnificent multicolored corals. The aquarium of Alibaba canyon ends the adventure in apotheosis. With a visibility of about 50 meters, the Garuae pass is the dive spot not to be missed in French Polynesia.
2. Tiputa Pass in Rangiroa
Rangiroa atoll is also located in the Tuamotu archipelago. Its huge lagoon allows some of the most beautiful dives in French Polynesia. The most famous one is at the Tiputa pass. This drift dive goes to meet black tip sharks and grey sharks, dolphins and manta rays that invite themselves to the aquatic show. You almost forget to contemplate the walls of the pass, where the reef life is carried by a multitude of tropical fish.
The experience is very impressive. Each new dive brings its share of surprises with an aquatic fauna always changing, according to the current. At the end of the dive, you will drift in the heart of a magnificent coral garden with a breathtaking density of fish. A true signature dive of Rangiroa, it is a must for diving in French Polynesia.
3. Tumakohua (Tetamanu) Pass in Fakarava
Back to Fakarava for a second unforgettable dive: direction the south of the atoll and the Tumakohua pass (Tetamanu). Unless you stay close to the pass, you will have to wait about 2 hours by boat before reaching your destination. Because of its narrowness (200 m), the current is less powerful and the drift dive is more quiet. The coral gardens are very beautiful, the biodiversity is fantastic: napoleon fish, parrots, in short all the reef fauna.
Above all, there is the “wall of sharks”. The density of grey sharks has never been so high. Hundreds of individuals are circling and twirling above our heads. With them, black and white tip sharks participate in this fascinating aquatic ballet. This impressive and abundant fauna makes the experience one of the most memorable and sought-after dives in French Polynesia.
4. Tuheiava Pass in Tikehau
Also in the Tuamotus, the atoll of Tikehau offers an equally ideal setting for diving. With its moderate current, this drift dive in the Tuheiava pass will take you to discover all the Polynesian aquatic fauna. Predators are present. However, the sharks fade away in front of thousands of tropical fish.
Each dive is a new source of wonder. The very high density of fishes produces a real explosion of colors. Next to schools of blue and grey trevallies, napoleons or butterflies, the encounter with green turtles, leopard rays and even dolphins will not fail to surprise you. This magnificent aquatic picture is completed by a unique and extremely rich coral flora.
5. Anau Cleaning Station in Bora Bora
The Leeward Islands offer more contemplative experiences in the calm waters of the lagoon. The trips are accessible to youngsters and novices for their first dive. Visit Bora Bora to discover the Anau cleaning station. From now on, no more sharks, the aquatic ballet will be ensured by the manta rays.
Flying over the coral spats, the huge rays are cleaned by tiny fish. Indeed, these wrasses rid them of the parasites that cover their skin. Each ray passes majestically, in turn, over the multicolored corals with a fascinating amplitude. If the site is now preserved, it is still accessible under certain conditions.
Diving in French Polynesia Is a Must
Certified divers will find their happiness in French Polynesia. The others will take the opportunity to spend their first dive on site. This activity is a must in French Polynesia. Take your turn to dive and explore Tahiti and her islands with the Multi-island Pass. Contact us to start organizing your stay.