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French Polynesia

When thinking of French Polynesia, what often springs to mind is a plethora of small islands with stunning white sandy beaches, all surrounded by turquoise coloured, clear, warm water. Located in the heart of the Pacific Ocean, this island archipelago is home to some of the most amazing dive sites, where hundreds of hungry sharks gather in schools to be joined by manta rays and bottle-nosed dolphins.

While diving Rangiroa’s reefs and channels, you can expect to see grey reef hammerhead, black tips, silky, tiger and silver tip shark species cruising by, hunting schools of snapper and fusiliers. Whilst drift diving through the 1200m wide channel at North Fakarava Island, you can experience incredible shark action, see huge Napoleon wrasses and witness marbled groupers spawning. A typical diving day will see you cruising through channels and exploring the outer reefs of the atolls, yet there are numerous of shallow dive sites within the Tuamotu Archipelago, each with stunning hard corals, sheltering all manner of crustaceans and molluscs.

Photo credit: Aaron Wong and Worldwide Dive and Sail

French Polynesia Travel information

  • Time: -10 GMT
  • Currency: French Polunesian Franc
  • Language: French
  • Water: Avoid tap water and ice made with tap water
  • Visa: Not required for EU citizens
  • Health: Contact your local vaccination clinic for advice
  • Recompression Chamber: There is a chamber located on Fiji. Treatment is expensive, so be sure to have full dive insurance that covers you.
  • Country number: +689
  • Electricity: Standard 110 volt and US socket. Note: This can vary from hotel to hotel
  • Climate: Located just 7 degrees north of the equator, the climate is tropical. The average air temperature is 28 degrees celcius and the average water temperature is 29 degrees celcius. Rainy season November and April. Dry season May and October.
  • Clothing recommendations: Casual clothing is acceptable on the boat and in the resort. Women should wear a skirt or longer shorts to cover the thighs when visiting the local villages.

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