Diving

Diving in Polynesia

Polynesia is a diver's paradise. The very great diversity of the islands, atolls and lagoons, offers unforgettable experiences to a diver:  ballets of manta rays, colorful fishes, sharks, etc. You can see everything you might dream of in a magic scenery: coral gardens of roses, undersea plants of every imaginable kind, etc.

Water is always warm, all year round (between 26 and 29 degrees C), There is little temperature difference between water in the surface and the one in a depth of 60 meters. Underwater exploration can be done until advanced age, as long as the diver knows his own limits, is a good swimmer, and follows the safety rules recommended by many diving centers. 

In Polynesia , there are three types of diving ecosystems:

The Lagoon: water comprised between the coral reef and the islands themselves, is usually calm, without waves and often very shallow. If deep, never as much as in the ocean side.

The Ocean: the open sea side, where it's a lot wavier. Still, underwater the picture is as incredible as in the lagoon. The waves crash in the coral reef, that's why the coral structures that comprise it are a lot different one side from the other.

The Pass: it's where the water from the ocean side mixes with the lagoon's waters, creating whirlwind currents and migrating schools of fish. The fauna in the passes tends to be the most varied.

Each type of diving ecosystem lets you encounter different fishes:

In the Lagoon, the diver can admire a wonderful spectacle, with a simple mask and snorkel. He will discover thousands of harmless small colorful fishes swimming around the coral, sea anemones and sea weeds.

In the Ocean Side, outside of the reef, diving is done with special equipment and diving guides. Hiding in the coral, fishes and crustaceans can be found:  dolphins, tunas, sword fishes, grey sharks, giant turtles.

In the pass opening the lagoon to the ocean, between the coral walls, the tide filling or draining the lagoon like a basin brings thousands of fishes in and out: tiny zebra skinned fishes, tunas, bonitos, groupers, barracudas, manta rays, parrot fishes, small sharks, etc. 

Plus, diving is not the same any different place you may go in French Polynesia . Each single island has its very own characteristics which make it distinct from her sisters. Diving spots, the attractions to see underwater, the sunk geomorphology and the never-ending fauna (and flora!) are what vary from island to island, giving to each this "diving personality" that divers may love so much in their favorite islands. Amongst the top notch diving islands in Polynesia we can mention Moorea, Bora Bora and the Tuamotu Archipelago (Fakarava, Manihi, Rangiroa and Tikehau).

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