Picture this. Breathtaking lagoons, crystal-clear waters, and pristine coral reefs. The best way to discover the rich marine life inhabited by majestic, deep-sea guardians in the Islands of Tahiti is through diving and snorkelling. The clear blue waters are teeming with precious marine life including turtles, dolphins, sharks, stingrays, whales, and other deep-sea treasures. EastLife dives in, right after World Oceans Day.
Five Best Diving Spots in The Islands of Tahiti:
The remote island of Fakarava is mother nature’s ultimate sanctuary. It is home to rare, native, and protected wildlife species across land and water. The untouched atoll is a natural reserve for many rare species of birds, plants and crustaceans and has been officially classified as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve due to the rich diversity of its ecosystem. A diver’s paradise, with one of the largest concentrations of grey sharks residing here, it also has breathtaking undersea flora and fauna.
The most peaceful island is in the northern region of the Tuamotus and is a favourite among visitors for its beauty and pink sand! It’s here that you meet millions of tropical fish as it is one of the most fish-rich atolls in the world. Tikehau is a great spot to dive, no matter the level of experience. It feels like swimming in an aquarium surrounded by a wide variety of marine life. This often leaves even the most advanced diver speechless.
This sister island of Tahiti, an underwater paradise located just 20 minutes across the ocean by ferry, offers spectacular dives on the outside reef. Moorea is shaped like a heart with two beautiful bays, Cook’s Bay and Opunohu Bay, both of which offer the perfect location to dive against the scenic backdrop of the mountain. With a vibrant array of marine life, it is an ideal location for travellers to immerse themselves in a rich and healthy coral reef ecosystem. A unique experience to swim with the very social lemon shark.
Unlike most islands in the Islands of Tahiti, Rurutu is one of the few islands without a lagoon. This means it has access to the big ocean filled with marine creatures with which divers and snorkellers can swim. Dive into crystal clear waters swimming with the majestic humpback whales and other marine wildlife that reside in these waters. Rurutu is one of the best places where you can swim with whales and has been best described as a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Dive into one of the world’s most immense natural aquariums in the largest atoll in French Polynesia and the second largest in the world. The extraordinary fact about Rangiroa is that each dive changes with the currents, in addition to the seasons and lunar cycles. Rangiroa is on the bucket list for every enthusiastic diver as it’s one of the best places to observe and play with dolphins.