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Your Guide to Diving French Polynesia
Including Tahiti, Bora Bora, Moorea and Rangiroa

All of Undercurrent's information on diving French Polynesia, including articles, reader reports, Chapbook sections, ...

Diving French Polynesia Overview

Several archipelagos that cover an area bigger than Western Europe, the capital island of Tahiti and its sister 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 is a range of accommodations and restaurants, some reef diving, and plenty of great scenery. Also in the Society island chain, Bora Bora, looks like a Hollywood set, it's so perfect! French is the dominant language.
However, dramatic diving is found in the channels of the Tua Motus, two hours flying time from Papeete with Rangiroa, Apataki and Fakarava thick with sharks and other marine life.
If you want reliably to dive with whales, Rurutu is the most northern island in the Austral archipelago.

French Polynesia Seasonal Dive Planner

The Society Islands (Tahiti, etc.) and the Tua Motus, such as Rangiroa, are diveable year-round, with water temperatures of 79-83°F (26-28°C). 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 fishes may be seen, with the exception of the two just mentioned. 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 Reader Reports and Feature Articles

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Latest Reader Reports from French Polynesia

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Blueway Manihi Report in French Polynesia/Manihi Atoll, Tuamotus
"Something different in French Polynesia"
filed Mar 27, 2022 by JOHN HOOVER (Experience: Over 1000 dives, 3 reports, Reviewer )
5 stars

My dive buddy Dan and I just returned from a fabulous 9 days of diving with Blueway Manihi. We had been looking for a small operation i... ... Read more

Moorea Ocean Adventures/Hotel Kaveka Report in French Polynesia
"A nondiving dive report"
filed Dec 12, 2021 by Pierre Hurter (Experience: Over 1000 dives, 14 reports, Contributor )
3 stars

Not sure if this qualifies as a “dive” report, but I’ll give it a stab anyway. A friend of ours reached out to us and asked, would we ... ... Read more

Moorea Ocean Adventures/Hotel Kavika Report in French Polynesia
"A nondiving dive report"
filed Nov 29, 2021 by Pierre Hurter (Experience: Over 1000 dives, 14 reports, Contributor )
5 stars

Not sure if this qualifies as a “dive” report, but I’ll give it a stab anyway. A friend of ours reached out to us and asked, would we ... ... Read more

Dive Spirit Report in French Polynesia/Fakarava Atoll
"A Dive operation in Transition"
filed Nov 29, 2021 by Blake Hottle (Experience: 501-1000 dives, 7 reports, Sr. Reviewer )
1 stars

I hate giving bad reviews, but this place demands it. For so many reasons. Not so much as a "Hi, how ya doin?" upon arrival should ... ... Read more

TOPdive/Hotel Kia Ora Resort & Spa Report in French Polynesia/Rangiroa
"Great drift diving and amazing resort"
filed Nov 28, 2021 by Sean Brady (Experience: 251-500 dives, 3 reports, Reviewer )
5 stars

Rangiroa is only a short 15 min flight from Tikehau where we begun our French Polynesian Island diving hop. Masks on "inside" the airp... ... Read more

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Diving French Polynesia Articles - Liveaboards

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Caymans, Cuba, French Polynesia . . ., plus hurricanes, shark dives and two remote sites worth the trip, 11/18
Out-of-Practice, but I Want to Dive French Polynesia, 7/17
Why You Can Dive with 700 Sharks in Fakarava, 9/16
Bahamas, French Polynesia, St. Vincent, and two great places for underwater photo classes, 2/16
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

Diving French Polynesia Articles - Land Based

Tough Punishment for an Unauthorized Dive Boat Buoy Line, 6/22

Available to the Public
Bora Bora and Tikehau, French Polynesia, ... not for your scuba bucket list, 8/17
Top Dive, French Polynesia: Part I, exciting diving for the experienced, 7/17
Touch Me Not! Leave the Dolphins Alone, 7/17
Topdive, Bora Bora and Rangiroa, French Polynesia, fantastic diving - - if you can afford it, 1/12
Cheaper Ways to Dive French Polynesia, 1/12
Moorea, French Polynesia, a South Pacific dive gem, or paradise lost?, 1/09
Rangiroa and Fakarava, French Polynesia, paradise for pelagic fanatics, 6/07

French Polynesia Sections from Our Travelin' Diver's Chapbooks

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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; just follow the links. -- BD

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 buy it at Amazon.

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.

Click here to buy it at Amazon.

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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You might find some other books of interest in our Editor's Book Picks section.


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