Diving in French Polynesia is defined by the sharks and manta rays found in abundance on liveaboard routes. From Rangiroa to Tuamotu, this island country is heaven above and below the water.
The country of French Polynesia is spread out over 1250 miles (2000 kilometers) and has lots of scuba diving areas to explore, preferably by liveaboard. The Tuamotu Archipelago including Fakarava and Rangiroa (Tiputa Pass) is known for its heavy currents and shark encounters. You can also find manta rays at the Marquesas Islands and Mahini. Drift diving is the norm although there are some nice protected coral beds and World War II wrecks. Because of the depths and currents, many liveaboards require an Advanced certification. Most itineraries in French Polynesia last 7 to 10 nights, and the best time to dive this South Pacific wonderland is from October to May.