Your Guide to Diving French Polynesia
Including Tahiti, Bora Bora, Moorea and Rangiroa
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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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Diving French Polynesia Articles - Liveaboards
|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|
Available to the Public
|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
|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|
Available to the Public
|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'
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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 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 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
by Neville Coleman.
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.
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