Category: French Polynesia

Marquesas Islands - diving in Hiva Oa

Marquesas Islands: 5 awesome things to do on a short visit

There was something familiar in the air. Were these green mountains plunging into the Pacific Ocean the only reason I fell for the Marquesas Islands? It could be the Mana Polynesian people often refer to when explaining the strong connection they have with their islands. It translates to force or spirit. Whatever its true nature, the Mana of the Marquesas Islands gave me a

Diving in Fakara - Plongée Fakarava

Diving in Fakarava shark paradise, French Polynesia

Before setting foot for the first time on Tahiti and its islands, diving in Fakarava sounded to me like the ultimate shark experience in Polynesia. I was then initially concerned if it wouldn’t be too crowded. Located in the Tuamotu Islands, Fakarava is the second-largest atoll of French Polynesia after Rangiroa, measuring 60 km long by 21 km wide. However, I soon discovered Rangiroa

Diving in Manihi Tuamotu French Polynesia

Manihi, diving off the beaten track in the Tuamotu Islands

The Tuamotu Archipelago is one of the 5 main archipelagos of French Polynesia. It covers a gigantic area of 800,000 km² while having a total land surface which hardly exceeds 850 km². The 76 atolls of the Tuamotu are ancient volcanoes that collapsed millions of years ago leaving only behind a ring of sand with a lagoon in the middle. The Tuamotu could be

Diving in Tahiti Plongée à Tahiti

Diving in Tahiti & Moorea: my 1-week road trip in French Polynesia

While French Polynesia is the ultimate destination for island hopping, travelling around Tahiti and its hundred islands is like going around Europe distance wise. For a first trip to French Polynesia, I warmly recommend avoiding visiting too many islands and focus on a few areas only. I made the surprising discovery that it is possible and worthy to go on a road trip and