Wherever you go throughout French Polynesia, from the low-lying coral atolls of the Tuamotus to the steep green mountains and waterfalls of the Society Islands, you are never going to be far from some spectacular diving.
The narrow channels and passes leading to the inner lagoons from the open ocean teem with life. Marine creatures cluster near these focal points and make the most of the bounty the current brings. Of the 118 islands of French Polynesia, 11 currently boast diving centers.
Head to Moorea to dive with sharks. You can see reef sharks and lemon sharks here. Bora Bora has a breathtaking lagoon where you can swim alongside manta rays and sharks on a coral wall. There are reefs completely encircling the island, so there is no shortage of dives to partake in.
Find local PADI dive shops and explore the top dive sites with our map.
It’s easiest to fly into Faa’a International, which is about 3 miles/5 kilometers west of Papeete on Tahiti. Then to take a ferry or two to your island of choice.
Utilize the seaside roads to get between towns. These are generally well maintained.