Category: Diving in French Polynesia

 

Diving in French Polynesia is one of the best in Asia-Pacific with famous diving spots such as Rangiroa and Fakarava atolls in the Tuamotu Islands and famous dives such as Tiputa Pass and Tamakohua Pass. French Polynesia is a great destination for scuba divers who love shark diving. A little less known, you can also give a try at diving in Hiva Oa in the Marquesas Islands.

The marine life in French Polynesia is mostly about grey reef sharks, manta rays, hammerhead sharks, humpback whales and marbled groupers. It’s the right place to go for experienced divers mainly. Due to the water temperatures, regarding scuba gear, it is most common to scuba dive there in a 3 mm wetsuit. The best time of the year is often from March to June and September to November. The best dive sites can be reached by boat.

Below you will find all my best scuba diving stories from diving in French Polynesia. I share my top tips on how to organise your trip, my favourites dives, what is the best itinerary or how to do it without breaking the bank. From a travel budget point of view, French Polynesia is a higher budget destination, so save up accordingly.

Rangiroa atoll sky view French Polynesia

Diving in French Polynesia: a first-timer guide

Here we go for a final round of travel tips to go scuba diving in French Polynesia! I wanted to sum up all the things I learnt from the experience of my first trip to French Polynesia, which lasted 3 weeks from mid-September to the beginner of October. I will cover of course the best diving in French Polynesia but also, with so many

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

Diving in Tahiti & Moorea: a 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