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Tahiti is the largest island of French Polynesia, and offers fantastic visibility, easy diving and some interesting and unusual dive sites.

Not known for its beaches, it tends to be used as a first or last night stop before heading to the outer islands. It does, however, have some of the best scuba diving conditions for easy diving. This is due to the location of dive sites on the west coast in the lee of prevailing easterly winds, producing calm surface conditions with minimal currents.

Tahiti has fine visibility and some interesting or unusual dive sites such as the underwater fresh water springs. It also has some interesting topography, with impressive walls covered in wonderful corals and a myriad of colourful reef fish, but they often lack the abundance of large marine life found in some of the outer islands.

Exciting day tours allow you to see not only the history and culture of Tahiti but also the island’s mountainous interior with deep valleys, clear streams and high waterfalls.

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Dive trips

This dive location is featured in the following itineraries:

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 £4,295 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

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: 17 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £5,950 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 £3,995 pp
  • Trip type: Liveaboard trip

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: 17 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £4,650 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
Our suggested liveaboard is shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Paul Gauguin

Designed specifically to sail the shallow seas of French Polynesia, this luxurious vessel visits small ports and tropical islands that larger ships can’t reach, with world-class diving and spectacular scenery.