This archipelago of islands offer an absolute feast for the eyes, blessed with such tranquil beauty above and below sea level, complimented by its rich Polynesian history, culture and the friendly, beautiful local people.
The intensely blue depths are home to some of the most beautiful species ever created by nature. Here you can encounter almost anything, from manta rays, lemonfish, hammerhead sharks, and humpback whales, to every kind of shoal fish.
We recommend two areas of Tahiti as the best for diving. The Mainland and Fakarava. Highlights of mainland diving include reef walls and cracks covered in gorgonia corals, caverns full of lobster, sharks, turtles, giant wrasses and visiting humpback whales (July to November). There are also two perfectly preserved wreck dives; a wooden schooner and a Catalina flying boat.
Fakarava atoll consists of an immense barrier of coral forming a ring, which confines a lagoon 60km long and 25km wide. It is open to the ocean by 2 different channels at either end of the atoll. This protected atoll, together with its six neighbouring islands makes up a Unesco classified nature reserve. The richness of the ecosystems of the atolls, the especially rare flora and fauna, including the hunting kingfisher, and crustaceans such as squills or sea cicadas all make this a unique dive destination. One of the highlights of diving here is to witness the mating of the grouper through May and June. Fakarava is a uniquely impressive dive experience where you will see the richest of marine life observable in all its myriad details.
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The Dive Locations
Aquarium : A ring of corals, ideal for a first dive. Butterfly fish, triggerfish and anemone abound here.
Wrecks: One is a wooden schooner that sank in 1976 and the other is a Catalina flying boat that sank in 1962. Both are perfectly preserved.
Papa Whisky: Situated on the edge of a vast ampitheatre created by the collapse of part of the undewater plateau.
Arue Slope: Large various corals plus a drop off covered with coral.
The Paea Gorgonia: This dive owes its name to a fantastic family of gorgonia coral.
The Fare Miti Split : A vertically split reef where you can see humphead wrasse, pelagic fish and white tip reef sharks.
Te Maruata: One of the only sites where you are sure to see sharks in Tahiti. Other marine life here are turtles, moray eels and captainfish.
Lagoon Hole: Inside the lagoon, this dive site yields garden eels, silver tip sharks and eagle rays.
Tetopa Cave: Here you will find caverns full of lobsters and crabs!
Shark feeing: Shark feeding dives are available on diver demand (subject to minimum numbers).
Dive sites: Most sites abound with fish life, including sharks, manta rays and dolphins, set against the fantastic architecture of the multi-hued corals. Either as drift dives through the pass or edging along it, sites are varied and cater to all levels of diver ability. This spectacular north pass provides endless and exciting discoveries for snorkellers and scuba divers in dream-like cobalt water where 150-foot visibility is the norm.
Garuae Pass : Due to the extreme 4-5 knot currents that whip through here, dives in the Garuae Pass are both exhilarating and very physical. Only divers with a minimum of 30 dives will be permitted to dive through the Pass itself.
The above dive locations are our recommendations for diving Tahiti. There are countless other locations that we have also dived, and through trial and error over the last 20 or so years we’ve narrowed them down to bring you just the very best. That being said, if you have a specific interest in a particular area or wish to weigh up other options we have the knowledge to help. We have dived there, and would be glad to offer our expertise.