French Polynesia

French Polynesia covers more than 4.5 million square kilometers of ocean and is made of five groups of islands the Society Islands, Marquesas, Australs, Tuamotus and the Gambiers. All of these islands are of volcanic or coral origin with mountain peaks and atoll rings.

The coral reefs that surround the islands are rich in marine life. They harbor many colorful fish and crustaceans and are home to schools of sea perch, snappers, unicornfish and several species of jackfish. The deep waters are rich in tuna, Napoleon wrasse and the long-nosed unicornfish. Manta rays favor waters that are rich in nutrients.

There are more sharks in the Tuamotu than elsewhere in the Society Archipelago. White-tipped, black-tipped and grey reef sharks are seen on every dive sometime in great numbers. It is common to view schools of 25 or more 3-4 foot white-tipped sharks, their swirling masses when viewed from a distance resemble other types of schooling fish.

The richness of the moa'hi cultural heritage is by itself a major reason to visit French Polynesia. From dancing to graphic arts, from singing to fishing and farming techniques, from tattooing to clothes making and food preparation, the islands' daily life still goes on according to the rhythm of the ancestral ways.
About This Guide
This is the second in a series of dive and destination guides. The massive expanse of islands known as French Polynesia, required our staff to make three extended visits to collect sufficient information to create this guide. The seven destinations covered were selected as the top dive locations. Over the next two years, Tikehau, Raiatea, Huahine and the Tahiti Aggressor will be added to the guide.

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