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Dive Locations

7 recommended locations:

Bora Bora

Bora Bora is unquestionably the most mythical of the Pacific islands. The central, lush green island is surrounded by a myriad of islets nestling in a lagoon, which is inhabited by abundant marine life, notably manta rays and shark encounters.

  • Ideal for viewing: lemon shark, green turtle, reef manta ray, black-tip reef shark, white-tip reef shark
  • Excellent for: Resort based diving, Shark diving

Fakarava

Fakarava is a huge atoll with a vast lagoon located in the Tuamotu Islands. Renowned for its beauty above as well as below the surface, divers head here for consistent shark sightings and thrilling drift dives in the famous Garuae and Tumakohua passes.

  • Ideal for viewing: grey reef shark, marbled grouper, spotted eagle ray, reef manta ray, white-tip reef shark
  • Excellent for: Resort based diving, Shark diving

Moorea Island

The peaceful island of Moorea (the ‘yellow lizard’) is a magical, mountainous land, only 20 kilometres from Tahiti. The colourful reefs are great for divers and snorkelers, and water sport enthusiasts can enjoy outrigger canoes, stand up paddle-boarding and even surfing.

  • Ideal for viewing: spotted eagle ray, green turtle, lemon shark, white-tip reef shark, napoleon wrasse
  • Excellent for: Resort based diving

Rangiroa

Rangiroa’s huge lagoon opens out via two passes to the open ocean, where daily tidal surges offer fantastic drift diving. Expect to see rays, turtles, a myriad of colourful fish and dolphins, before the reef drops dramatically to where sharks and other pelagics congregate.

  • Ideal for viewing: grey reef shark, green turtle, spotted eagle ray, reef manta ray, great hammerhead shark
  • Excellent for: Resort based diving, Luxury diving, Hammerhead shark, Manta ray

Rurutu

Located in the Austral archipelago, this tiny island is idyllic: white sand beaches clash with the intense blue waters of the lagoons. Visitors head here for humpback whale encounters in season, where great visibility and cooperative whales make for a memorable experience.

  • Ideal for viewing: humpback whale
  • Excellent for: Whales, Snorkelling

Tahiti Island

Tahiti is French Polynesia’s largest island, home to the international airport and the capital, Papeete. It tends to be used as stop before heading to the outer islands, however it offers some of the best conditions for easy diving, with calm conditions and minimal currents.

  • Ideal for viewing:
  • Excellent for: Resort based diving

Tikehau

A picture-perfect island, Tikehau is graced with an oval crown of pink sand beaches and an azure lagoon teeming with marine life. Famous for its huge fish population and shallow manta ray cleaning station, divers can also encounter eagle rays, barracuda and grey reef sharks.

  • Ideal for viewing: green turtle, spotted eagle ray, barracuda, grey reef shark, reef manta ray
  • Excellent for: Resort based diving, Luxury diving, Shark diving

View trips to these locations

Dive trips

Tahiti is best enjoyed through island hopping and resorts. The world-famous beaches and dive sites that are scattered across the islands are home to incredible reefs and marine life.
4 recommended trips. Our trip ideas are offered to inspire you and can be tailored to suit your requirements.

Tahiti Island Hopping Adventure

Spend your time island hopping between three of Tahiti's most alluring diving islands: dive the wonderful passes of Fakarava, marvel at the manta rays of Bora Bora and enjoy the colourful and rich marine life around Tikehau.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 15 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £4,495 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Paul Gauguin Cruise

Cruise the islands of Tahiti in style on board this luxury ship which sails throughout the year to some spectacular locations, with world-class diving and memorable land excursions. Suitable for divers and non-diving partners.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 12 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £4,095 pp
  • Trip type: Liveaboard trip

Bora Bora & Rangiroa

Take in Tahiti's most iconic diving locations on this exhilarating twin centre adventure, with a week on each island. Enjoy adrenaline fuelled drift dives with eagle rays, manta rays, turtle and numerous species of shark.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 18 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £6,095 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Rangiroa & Fakarava

A fantastic adventure for shark lovers! Combine exhilarating diving in the crystal clear waters of Rangiroa’s two passes with thrilling drift diving, prolific marine life and numerous shark species at Fakarava.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 18 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £6,145 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

When to go

The dry season is considered the best time to dive Tahiti.

Seasons

  • Dry season

    Apr to Nov: April to November sees drier weather and the best conditions for diving
  • Wet season

    Dec to Mar: Regular rainfall and the possibility of cyclones, but diving remains excellent

Wildlife events

  • Jun to Jun: Mating grey reef sharks in Rangiroa
  • Sep to Oct: Manta ray season in Rangiroa
  • Aug to Oct: Humpback whales visit to calve in Rurutu
  • Dec to Feb: Hammerhead sharks and eagle rays seen in Rangiroa
  • Jun to Jul: Huge schools of marbled grouper gather to mate in Fakarava

Dive Resorts

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