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Scuba Diving French Polynesia

Including Tahiti, Bora Bora, Moorea and Rangiroa

Diving French Polynesia articles, reviews, and reports from Undercurrent

Diving French Polynesia Overview

Tahiti and Moorea are everyone's dream of the South Pacific, and despite their pricey resorts and food, these French-speaking islands are now attracting North American divers to join in the plentiful reef shark action. There are a range of accommodations and restaurants, some reef diving, and plenty of great scenery. The once- snotty French attitude toward others has lessened considerably.

French Polynesia Seasonal Dive Planner

Rangiroa is diveable year-round, with water temperatures of 79°­83° F. There are really only three seasons of interest to the traveling diver: the manta ray season, from early September through mid-October; the hammerhead shark season, January and February; and the rest of the year, during which an assortment of fish may be seen, with the exception of the two just mentioned (although during May, I did see one manta ray, and a hungry hammerhead stalking it). If you are particular about land weather conditions, you should know that the rainy season is November through December, and the windy season is July and August.

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Diving French Polynesia Feature Articles and Reader Reports

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French Polynesia Dive Reviews

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Dive Operation Resort Name Area Reporter Dive Date
Tetamanu diving center Review [same] Fakarava Michael N. Hofman 2014/06
Dive Spirit Review [same] Fakarava Michael N. Hofman 2014/06
TOPdive Review [same] Rangiroa Michael N. Hofman 2014/06
Y AKA Review [same] Rangiroa Michael N. Hofman 2014/06
Moorea Blue Diving Review Hotel Moorea Mooorea Michael N. Hofman 2014/06
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Diving French Polynesia Articles - Land Based

Topdive, Bora Bora and Rangiroa, French Polynesia, fantastic diving - - if you can afford it, 1/12
Cheaper Ways to Dive French Polynesia, 1/12

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Moorea, French Polynesia, a South Pacific dive gem, or paradise lost?, 1/09
Rangiroa and Fakarava, French Polynesia, paradise for pelagic fanatics, 6/07

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Windstar’s French Polynesia:, — a pearl of a trip for divers and nondivers, 5/05
The Tahiti Aggressor, in search of the pearls of French Polynesia, 5/03

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Editor's Book Picks for Scuba Diving French Polynesia
Including Tahiti, Bora Bora, Moorea and Rangiroa

The books below are my favorites about diving in this part of the world All books are available at a significant discount from Amazon.com; just follow the links. -- BD

Reef Life: A Must Have Guide to Tropical Marine Life Reef Life: A Must Have Guide to Tropical Marine Life
by Brandon Cole and Scott Michael

What? Another fish ID book when you thought Paul Humanns and Ned Deloachs were enough? Yes indeed, and while I rarely say this, Reef Life: A Guide to Tropical Marine Life is a must-have for the library of every traveling diver. And if you only want one ID book, this is it.

Click here to order through Undercurrent and you’ll get Amazon’s best price -- and our profits will go to save coral reefs.



Reef Creature Identification: Tropical Pacific Reef Creature Identification: Tropical Pacific
by Paul Humann and Ned Deloach

Paul Humann and Ned Deloach have done it again, releasing a definitive identification guide to 1600 extraordinary reef creatures of the Tropical Pacific. with this 500+ page softbound guide, you get upwards of 2000 exceptional photos of shrimp and crabs and stars and worms and lobsters and nudibranchs and slugs and squid and bivalves . . . well, all those invertebrates that move along the reefs of this region without fining, so it seems. There are several photos of some creatures to help you identify them during different life stages, and about ten percent of the book is descriptive copy so you can tie down your identification. Even if you have no plans to go to the tropical Pacific, just to thumb through the pages, gawk at the complexity and uniqueness of these animals, and read a thumbnail sketch will give any serious diver vicarious thrills for endless hours.

Click here to order through Undercurrent and you’ll get Amazon’s best price -- and we'll get a cut of the proceeds to continue our reef-protection efforts.



Reef Fish ID Reef Fish Identification: Tropical Pacific
by Gerald Allen, Rodger Steene, Paul Humann, & Ned Deloach

At last, here's a comprehensive fish ID guide covering the reefs of the Pacific and Indian Oceans. The generous 500-page text, displaying 2,500 underwater photographs of 2,000 species, identifies the myriad fishes that inhabit the warm tropical seas between Thailand and Tahiti. The concise text accompanying each species portrait includes the fish's common, scientific and family names, size, description, visually distinctive features, preferred habitat, typical behavior, depth range, and geographical distribution. This is an essential book for every diver traveling westward. 6x9 inches. Order through us, get Amazon.com's best price and a good hunk of the profit will be donated to preserve coral reefs.



Dive Sites of the Great Barrier Reef Dive Sites of the Great Barrier Reef
by Neville Coleman.

With 2900 reefs in 220,000 square miles, the enormous Great Barrier Reef has incredible dives -- and some very ordinary ones. If you're contemplating a trip, Neville Coleman's Dive Sites of the Great Barrier Reef and the Coral Sea will help you ensure you pick the best. This 176 page book, with good maps and scores of colorful photos, describes the significant sites, the topography and the critters, then rates and ranks them so you can pick the best. Don't even consider a trip to Australia without consulting this. $24.95



Indo-Pacific Coral Reef Field Guide
by Gerald R. Allen, Roger Steene.

I was trying to pack light for a change. Surely the Solomon Sea would have good identification books aboard. Not so; the only book on the boat belonged to a fellow passenger. It was one that I had not seen before, the Indo-Pacific Coral Reef Field Guide, by two of the best fish guys around, Gerry Allen and Roger Steene. The problem was this fellow passenger kept it in a plastic baggie most of the trip and I had to beg to see it. Great book, good traveling size, and it covers everything from fish, shells, marine plants, mammals, corals, and invertebrates to sea birds and more. Now I've got my own, and it won't do you any good to beg me to borrow it. This is one of two books that I will not travel to the Pacific without. Good for travel to the Red Sea, East Africa, Seychelles, Mauritius, Maldives, Andaman Sea, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Australia, Micronesia, Polynesia, and Hawaii, it has 1,800 color illustrations in a 6x8 1/2 paperback format with 378 pages. $39.95.



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