The Islands of Tahiti
The Islands of Tahiti deliver an enticing combination of topside beauty and underwater excitement. Reef life and dramatic walls are in the mix, but the big draw for many are sharks. Encounters are common, but not threatening. Whitetips and blacktips are often joined by lemon sharks on feeding encounters within lagoons, while walls and current-washed channels attract gray reefs, silky, bulls, hammerheads, slivertips and more. These same spectacularly clear waters hold manta rays, dolphins, sea turtles and swirling schools of jacks, tuna and barracuda. Divers less interested in the ocean's apex predators can relax in sheltered coral gardens, where rays and reef fish gather.