Dive Deeper and Better in Tahiti and Her Islands!

So as a travel agent, are you currently talking with veteran, destination or even beginner divers? Who want to know if they can dive in Tahiti?

Well read on so that you can become the dive expert and advise your clients on the best dive spots!

We can’t talk about all the islands and all the different dive spots so we will be highlighting a few through our 5 “Ws” tour of questions. Also Nitrox diving is available on most of the islands where there are dive clubs.

For extraordinary dive packages, just contact us at: raphaelat@tahititravelservices.pf 

Dive amongst a giant coral reef in the form of roses!

Let’s start with dive spots in Tahiti!

Who:  For all divers whether veteran or beginner.

What: Dive wrecks, Hawksbill and Green turtles (in fact there are 5 species of turtles), black and white tip sharks, lemon sharks, grey sharks, snapper, eagle rays, barracudas, humpback whales, humphead maori wrasse and more!

Where:  Special dive spots include “La Source” to see turtles on the West Coast of Tahiti as well as on the southern Peninsula better known as “Tahiti Iti” (small Tahiti) where you can see the famous coral roses purportedly discovered by a UNESCO funded scientific marine mission (psssttt… the Tahitian divers knew it was there long before!) The coral rose reef extends over more than 3km between 30-60 meters deep and is most likely the deepest coral reef in the world in a perfect state of preservation. 

When: All-year round (except for humpback whales which come from July through to early November). Best time to see whales is August and September.

Why: Tahiti offers the largest number and widest variety of dive spots out of all the islands in French Polynesia. You’ll never get bored! From easy-to-dive beginner spots to challenging, technical dives, there is something for everyone!

Study Lemon Shark Behavior with Specialists!

Let’s continue onto Moorea!

Who:  For all divers whether veteran or beginner. 

What: Humpback whales, moray eels, eagle rays, sting rays, grey, lemon, reef sharks, turtles of all kinds, even a beautiful coral reef of roses (only advanced experienced divers), drift dives, even caves to explore underwater.

Where:  Special dive spots include “the Tiki” the only spot where you can see 4 different types of sharks in one area:  lemon, grey, black and white tip sharks. Another spectacular dive (depending on weather conditions) is a drift dive through Taotai Pass where you encounter rays, nurse and white tip sharks, Napoleon and incredible seashells! For those veteran divers looking for a real challenge the “Rose Garden” is at 40m deep and an indescribable atmosphere awaits you (as well as the lemon sharks). 

When: All-year round (except for humpback whales which come from July through to early November). Best time to see whales is August and September.

Why: Moorea is definitely one of the top spots to see Humpback Whales when in season. However, did you know that there is an Observatory of Polynesian Sharks located right in Moorea? And the Te Mana o Te Moana center observes and protects the turtles. You can learn more about lemon sharks in particular with Moorea Blue Diving or observe their behavior and participate in the Observatory of Polynesian sharks.

Exceptional Close-up Encounters with Manta Rays!

More Surprises Await you in Bora Bora!

Who: For all divers whether veteran or beginner.

What: grey, white and black-tip sharks, schools of jacks and barracudas, dogtooth tuna, turtles, eagle rays, the famous Manta Rays, a huge crater with very particular relief (vaults, faults, arches, small caves, …), lion fish, Napoleon, humphead wrasse…

Where: The “Anau” dive spot is the most well-known one in Bora Bora since this is where you can have a very close-up encounter with the majestic Manta Rays! The “Muri Muri” dive spot is an excellent second runner up to Anau as the dive site is conducive to great encounters with white tip and grey sharks, schools of jacks and barracudas, maybe even spy a whale (when in season) dogtooth tuna, turtles. Finally “Tapu Canyons” is probably one of the best to see plenty of black tip reef sharks, lemon sharks, jacks & trevallies, barracudas.

When: All-year round (except for humpback whales which come from July through to early November). Best time to see whales is August and September.

Why: The Manta Trust is a world-wide organization created for the protection and preservation of this magnificent marine creature, the Manta Ray. Bora Bora offers one of the best opportunities to observe them closely as they undulate through their underwater world and canyon being cleaned by the fish. Many hotels such as the Conrad Bora Bora Nui work closely with the Manta Trust and their marine biologists offering you exceptional opportunities to observe these mammals up close.

Unforgettable Moments with these Friendly Dolphins !

Dive in Rangiroa, considered one of the top 5 dive destinations in the world!

Who:  For all divers whether veteran or beginner. However, due to the complexity of some of the dives in the 2 passes, it is advisable that only confirmed divers attempt to dive in Rangiroa.

What: In Rangiroa, you’ll see lots and lots of sharks! Mostly grey sharks particularly in June when it is their reproductive season. You can even spy tiger sharks. In January, February and March is the reproductive season for the “Mokarran” or the great hammerhead sharks. During one of the dives, you’ll often see with the hammerhead sharks schools of sting rays that appear to be challenging the starving hammerheads! During other dives whether in Avatoru or Tiputa pass, can be seen bottle-nose dolphins, white and black-tip sharks, schools of jacks and barracudas, dogtooth tuna, turtles, eagle rays, the famous Manta Rays, Napoleon, humphead wrasse… (This writer’s personal experience was a dive at 25 meters and seeing the Big 5 in Tiputa Pass:  Manta ray, dolphins, Napoleon, grey sharks and turtles, all in 25 minutes of diving!)

Where:  All dives take place either in Tiputa or Avatoru Pass. 

When: All-year round.

Why: This atoll is recognized as one of the hotspots for exceptional underwater encounters due to its abundance of marine biodiversity. Each dive changes with the currents, and by extension, with the seasons and lunar cycles. Rangiroa is where you will have the best chance to observe, and even play with the dolphins. Plus, if you visit between February and April, the great hammerhead sharks will be in the area.

Fakarava, a UNESCO Biosphere Marine Reserve

Fakarava was classified one of the 7 atolls as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 2006!

Who: For all divers whether veteran or beginner. However, to truly enjoy the North and South Pass, it is recommended to be a confirmed diver as some of the dives due to currents and depths are quite technical.

What: Alongside Rangiroa, Fakarava boasts some of the world’s best shark dives and the shark diving is very diverse. Some of the sharks species scuba divers can see there are grey reef, lemon sharks, blacktip and whitetip sharks. There are also many schools of fish, barracuda, eagle rays, groupers, huge parrotfish, tuna. Even hammerhead sharks can be seen when in season. Each June at the full moon, the Fakarava channel in French Polynesia’s Tuamotu archipelago hosts a spectacular event. The yearly marbled grouper spawning is in itself an incredible spectacle, but along with it comes an opportunity to see thousands of grey reef sharks, all there to feed on the grouper. Click on this link to view a unique video of the marbled groupers filmed by Top Dive Fakarava : https://youtu.be/3FHz6Ky7Epk !

Where: The Garuae Pass – The Garuae Pass is the widest navigable pass in French Polynesia. The pass offers various diving options. Great topography, rich in marine life, and fun drift diving is all there. Large schools of fish are often spotted during dives. The width of the pass is truly impressive, and divers can barely see both sides at once. Scuba divers can see more sharks they can count. There are also a lot of groupers, parrotfish, and wrasses in the area. Lastly, beautiful pristine reefs of hard corals make up a gorgeous sight.
The Tumakohua Pass – In Tumakohua Pass lies a narrow underwater valley known as Shark’s Hole. It is home to large populations of lemon sharks, whitecap, and hammerhead sharks. Shark encounters are pretty much guaranteed here. It is known for a wall of sharks, which attracts divers all around. Scuba divers can swim through a beautiful coral garden to squirrelfish, damselfish, snappers, and many other reef fish. The Tumakohua pass is also great for drift diving, gently carrying the divers along with its beautiful underwater scenery.

When: All-year round.

Why: Fakarava is the second largest atoll in French Polynesia, one of the top dive destinations in the world. A part of seven atolls classified as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, Fakarava is known for its rich marine diversity, making an undersea Garden of Eden. Divers from all over the world travel to Fakarava to enjoy its world-class diving experiences, complete with beautiful corals, drift dives and amazing pelagic encounters.

Rurutu, an Exceptional, Face-to-Face, One of a Kind Encounter with Humpack Whales!

From July to October, over 20 humpback whales are visible all around the island of Rurutu, in the Austral Archipelago

Who: For all divers whether veteran or beginner.

What: No other diving spot could be compared to Rurutu when speaking about encountering and swimming with the humpback whales. The incredible visibility of the water brings photographers and film-makers from all over the world. More so, once you have finished diving, there is so much more to do! Rurutu has amazing caves to explore ; the Cave of the Monster is one of the most famous! You can e-bike, hike, ride horses, have a picnic lunch on the beach, do a circle island tour to discover the legends and history of the island and learn the art of the hat and basket weaving that Rurutu is known for!

Where: Peva’s Pass: This dive is unique in The Islands of Tahiti, where from the beach, you can explore a long 12-meter deep corridor lined with drop-offs and cavities filled with corals, fish, even white tip sharks. Here the water visibility is so exceptional, you won’t miss a thing. The Tip Of Una’a: The seabed here is quintessential Rurutu with its immense coral plateaus and formations – some measuring several meters high. The visibility is next to none with it stretching 50 meters off into the crystal blue waters, at a minimum. You won’t need to look hard either to find schools of parrot fish, emperor angels, white tip sharks, and tuna.

When: For humpback whales from July to October.

Why: In Rurutu, there isn’t a dive center. So for confirmed divers, you must bring your own equipment. However, you can easily see the whales by simply snorkellng and there is a provider who can take you.

Hiva Oa, in the Marquesas Islands, is a true underwater sanctuary, virgin and unexplored

With Marquises Diving, it is an incredible opportunity to dive into the heart of the Marquesan Culture

Who: The dives sites of Hiva Oa are a trained diver’s dream with deep caves and coral shelves to test your dive experience and to see just how far you can explore.

What: If Rurutu is known for humpback whales, Hiva Oa is known for a ballet of Manta Rays (see this video by Marquises Diving: https://youtu.be/2SVkFYFFq8k )

Where: The Rabot: At a depth of between 20 and 27 meters (65 to 88 feet), these waters are an ideal spot for trained divers. Here the deep caves are home to many moray eels, some of which are smaller than the Javanese species. Make sure to keep an eye out for the flamboyant colors of the nudibranchs. The Kui Point: On this dive you’ll feel like you’re flying as you make your way over cavities filled with remarkable shells of all shapes. Here too you’ll find scorpion fish, groupers, and the show-stopping manta rays.

When: For humpback whales from July to October.

Why: The waters off the Marquesas Islands are plankton-rich, helping to attract some of the most unique marine species across all the islets. Dotted around the islands are underwater caves filled with stingrays, and roaming the entrances are electra dolphins and scalloped hammerhead sharks.