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Scuba diving in French Polynesia

Scattered like twinkling sapphires in the turquoise sea, the islands and atolls of French Polynesia are as romantic as they come. Scuba divers be warned, you may never want to leave!
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Diving in French Polynesia

Quick facts

Of the 118 islands of French Polynesia, 11 boast diving centers. There are a variety of dives to choose from, from shallow lagoon dives to wicked drift dives through narrow passes.

Head to Moorea to dive with sharks, where your Divemaster lures in and feeds sharks with a large bag of fish. You can see reef sharks and lemon sharks during dives here.

Bora Bora has a breathtaking lagoon where you can swim alongside a coral wall with teams of manta rays and sharks. There are reefs completely encircling the island, so there is no shortage of dives to partake in.

Taotoi has the fun filled Stingray World, where you can pet and feed an array of stingrays, who are well used to human touch.

Drift divers, make your first stop Rangiroa, where the Tiputa and Avatoru Passes will blow you away... literally. Barracudas and sharks school here, paying you little head as you drift past them.

When to go

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Where to dive

  • Marquesas Islands

    Swaying palms stud the crystal blue seaside on the Marquesas Islands, a quiet getaway out in French Polynesia, tropical islands that defy description.

  • Society Islands

    The Society Islands, a group of six unique dive locations that hide an astounding array of diving, from World War II wrecks to reef diving with the graceful giants of the ocean, the manta ray.

  • Tuamotu Archipelago

    Beautiful blue lagoons, busy passes crowded with sharks and manta rays, vertical drop-offs teeming with life, the Tuamotu Archipelago is all that and just a little bit more.

USD 2,777Per trip
USD 4,300Per trip
USD 86Per dive
USD 93Per dive

What to see

You can put your fear of sharks behind you on dives in French Polynesia, they are undeniably abundant here, and most are fairly used to humans. Blacktip, Silvertip, and Whitetip reef sharks, as well as gray and lemon sharks will be your regular dive buddies.

Exceptional schools of barracudas and manta rays will get your heart racing, as well as beautiful wrasses and jacks.


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