Diving

Tahiti Diving

Generally speaking, a fully equipped tank dive is around $90 USD per person on most islands in Tahiti. Whether you are a diving novice or seasoned professional, you will find the diving clubs throughout Tahiti to be fully qualified and internationally recognized, able to guide you in total safety through a variety of superb underwater locations throughout French Polynesia.

  • You may also with to visit Tahiti Tourism’s Diving Information website located at http://www.diving-tahiti.com as it is filled with diving information for all the islands and is an excellent resource.

Diving Travel Tips in Tahiti & her islands

Diving is available, fun & consistent all year round in Tahiti & her islands!

When is the best time of year to dive in French Polynesia?

The water is warm (26°C = 79°F to 29°C = 84°F) and thanks to the amazing visibility (from 30m to 50m, ie 70ft up to 150ft), diving is beautiful everyday of the year, from January to December.

Is diving safe
Tahiti & her islands are a very SAFE diving destination.

Visitors will enjoy warm waters, great visibility, low current, together with the high quality guiding service, offer easy & comfortable diving conditions through Tahiti for an amazing Tahiti dive experience.


Where will I find the best diving in French Polynesia?

The island of Tahiti are home to many incredible diving spots around the islands. High quality diving centers are found on more than 12 islands today, on 4 archipelagos.

Divers may choose among 3 different areas of exploration:

  • the lagoon which offTahiti Whale Watchingers clear, warm waters & a shallow environment with high concentrations of colorful fish, shells & corals…
  • the oceanic drop off, made of large & bright coral compositions facing deep blue waters… where large predators & schools of fish can be observed….
  • the passes, where large varieties of big animals play in a very dynamic environment.

Divers can also choose a diving cruise such as the Aquatiki Diving Cruise offering itineraries around Fakarava or Tahiti Yacht Charter offering itineraries around Rangiroa.


What is included in the dive pricing?

Generally pricing will include:

  • the guide (according to French regulations, all dives are Dive Master led & secured),
  • the boat transfer to the dive site
  • equipment (tank, weight, weight belt, BCD, regulators with gauges, mask, snorkel, fins). Dive computers are usually available to rent.

Regarding the suits, light wetsuits or skin suits are sufficient for thermo protection, they may be provided by the dive operators upon request.


What diving levels are offered in Tahiti?

Note that it all happens within 5 to 25 m (30 – 80 ft) below the surface, for the enjoyment of everyone! However, extreme diving is available (caves, coral tunnel, intense drift diving) for the more qualified divers.

Should I pre-book my Tahiti dives?

We always recommend pre-booking at least part of the diving to ensure availability, especially in the remote islands where diving facilities may be limited.

The following options are available:

Island / Dive Resort:

  • Initiation dive: for curious beginners
  • Single Tank dive: for occasional certified divers
  • Two Tank dive: 2 successive morning or afternoon dives, for prepared, active divers.
  • Dive Pass: 5 or 10 dive personal card for active, island hopping divers.

Live aboard

  • Sailing cruise: for curious travelers willing to approach the islands & passes differently (2 dives a day, land explorations).

What type of documentation is required to dive in Tahiti?

Divers must bring their diving logbook & diving card (or a copy of their qualification: CMAS Level I or PADI Open Water Diver at least) to enjoy an exploration dive. In all other cases, an initiation dive (within 5 m below the surface) shall be suggested.

Beginners are not required to bring any documentation ; however a valid medical certificate is always helpful.


Bora Bora Diving

It is difficult to describe the beauty and enchantment that emerges from Bora Bora! Combine two towering volcanic peaks, one brilliant turquoise lagoon, atolls fringed with palms, story book beaches, and you have the formula for the most stunning island in the South Pacific. Experience an unforgettable Manta Ray “ballet” in the lagoon, dance with a wide variety of sharks, turtles & schools of barracudas outside the unique pass.

Best Dive Spots include: Tapu, Tupitipiti, Anau and Muri Muri

Bora Bora Diving Clubs:

Top Dive Bora BoraTop Dive Bora Bora (5* PADI Dive Center)

  • Location: on site at InterContinental Thalasso Spa Resort, Pearl Beach Resort and in Vaitape near the Marina MaiKai
  • Transfer from Hotels to Diving Center: free for all hotels or pensions on the main island
  • “Equipment” includes : tank, regulator, stab/BCD, mask, fins
  • Dives/Packages Offered: Introductory, 1 & 2 tank dives, Package of 6, 10, and 20 Dives Available can be shared among 2 persons at any of the TopDive Centers on Tahiti, Moorea, Bora Bora, Rangiroa or Fakarava), Nitrox Dives/Packages Available, Private 1 or 2 tank dives
  • PADI / ANMP courses are available upon request
  • Languages Spoken: English, French, Spanish, Japanese, German

Bora Bora Diving Center

  • Location: on Matira Beach, within walking distance to hotel Bora Bora & hotel Matira
  • Transfer from Hotels to Diving Center: free for clients staying at Sofitel, Le Méridien, Hotel Matira, Maitai, St Régis, Four Seasons, Temanuata Beach, Vaite Lodge
  •  “Equipment” includes : tank, regulator, stab/BCD, mask, fins,diving suit, weight belt and boat transfer to the dive site
  • PADI / ANMP courses are available upon request
  • Dives/Packages Offered: Introductory, 1 & 2 tank dives, Package of 6, 8, 10 & 12 Dives Available, Private 1 or 2 tank dives available
  • Languages Spoken: English, French, Italian, Japanese, German

Moorea Diving

Moorea Diving WhaleTahiti’s sister island is particularly renowned for its clear warm waters, rich, abundant tropical marine life, including turtles, eagle rays and an impressive concentration of sharks species. Moorea attracts about 25,000 divers each year due to the effortless diving conditions with little or no currents, incredible visibility, and exhilarating encounters with seas turtles, eagle rays and an impressive concentration of sharks species (lemon, blacktip, silvertip, gray sharks). The waters of Moorea attract humpback whales and their young calves between the months of July – November each year.

Best Dive Spots Include:Tiki,  the Coral Wall , Opunohu’s Canyons , the Roses Garden

Moorea Diving Clubs:

Moorea Fun Dive

  • Location: 300m from hotel “Les Hibiscus”
  • Transfer from Hotels to Diving Center: free for clients staying at Hibiscus, Fare Vai Moana, Te Fare Mihi, Fare Miti, Linareva
  • “Equipment” includes : tank, regulator, stab/BCD, mask, fins,diving suit,weight belt and boat transfer to the dive site
  • All diving instructors are PADI or CMAS certified
  • Dives/Packages Offered: Introductory, 1 & 2 tank dives, Package of 6 (3 – 2tank dives) or 10 Dives (5 – 2 tank dives), Private Dives
  • Languages Spoken: English, French, German

Ia Ora Diving

  • Location: on site at hotel Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort
  • Transfer from Hotels to Diving Center: no transfers provided
  •  “Equipment” includes : tank, regulator, stab/BCD, mask, fins,diving suit, weight belt and boat transfer to the dive site
  • 2 instructors certified PADI, FFSSM, CEDIP and CMAS
  • CMAS / PADI / ANMP / FFESSM courses are available upon request
  • Dives/Packages Offered: Introductory, 1 & 2 tank dives, Package of 5 or 10 Dives(can be shared among 2 persons), Private Dives
  • Languages Spoken: English, French, Spanish

Top Dive Moorea (5* PADI Dive Center)

  • Location: on site at InterContinental Moorea Resort & Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort
  • Transfer from Hotels to Diving Center: free for Intercontinental, Hilton, Legends, Fenua Mata’i'oa, Fare Vaihere, Motu Iti, Tipaniers Iti, Temanoha
  • “Equipment” includes : tank, regulator, stab/BCD, mask, fins, diving suit,weight belt and boat transfer to the dive site
  • PADI / ANMP courses are available upon request
  • Dives/Packages Offered: Introductory, 1 & 2 tank dives, Package of 6, 10 & 20 DivesAvailable (can be shared among 2 persons at any of the TopDive Centers on Tahiti,Moorea, Bora Bora, Rangiroa or Fakarav Nitrox is available in Moorea, Bora Bora& Rangiroa ONLY), Nitrox Dives/Packages Available, Private 1 or 2 tank dives
  • Languages Spoken: English, French, Italian

Moorea DolphinMoorea Blue Diving

  • Location: On site hotel Moorea Pearl Resort & Spa
  • Transfer from Hotels to Diving Center: no transfers provided
  • “Equipment” includes : tank, regulator, stab/BCD, mask, fins,diving suit,weight belt and boat transfer to the dive site
  • PADI / CMAS / ANMP / FFESSM courses are available upon request
  • Dives/Packages Offered: Introductory, 1 & 2 tank dives, Package of 6 or 10 Dives,Private Dives
  • Languages Spoken: English, French, German, Italian

Tahiti Diving

Tahiti is the ideal island for new and experience divers. Meet turtles, giant wrasses & sharks, look for gorgons & black coral… Enjoy wreck diving & unusual encounters right outside Papeete.

Best Dive Spots Include: The Aquarium, Saint Etienne Drop-offs, The Source, Arue Drop-offs, Abyss (Matavai Roses) and Gorgonians (Paea), the wrecks

Tahiti Diving Clubs:

Top Dive Tahiti (5* PADI Dive Center)

  • Location : on site hotel InterContinental Tahiti Resort
  • Transfer from Hotels to Diving Center: free from Intercontinental (on site), Tahiti Nui, Tiare Tahiti, Airport Motel, Manava, Le Meridien, Relais Fenua, pension de la Plage
  • “Equipment” includes : tank, regulator, stab/BCD, mask, fins, diving suit,weight belt and boat transfer to the dive site
  • PADI / ANMP / FFESSM courses are available upon request
  • Dives/Packages Offered: Introductory, 1 & 2 tank dives, Package of 6, 10, or 20 Dives Available*, NITROX Dives, Private Dives, honeymoon dives
  • This package can be shared among 2 persons & between all Top Dive Centers (Tahiti, Moorea, Bora Bora, Rangiroa & Fakarava) Nitrox is available in Moorea, Bora Bora & Rangiroa
  • Languages Spoken: English, French, Spanish, German

Eleuthera Plongee

  • Location : Marina Taina
  • Transfer from Hotels to Diving Center: free from Tahiti Nui, Tiare Tahiti, Tahiti Airport Motel, Manava, Le Meridien, Relais Fenua
  • “Equipment” includes : tank, regulator, stab/BCD, mask, fins, diving suit, weight belt and boat transferto the dive site
  • Special closed dates : December 25th & January 01st
  • PADI courses are available upon request
  • Dives/Packages Offered: Introductory, 1 & 2 tank dives, Package of 5 or 10 DivesAvailable, NITROX Dives
  • Languages Spoken: English, French

 


Rangiroa Diving

Rangiroa Diving

Life is simple and tranquil on Rangiroa. The atoll is the second largest in the South pacific with 120 miles of white sand beaches encircling a 400-square-mile lagoon that offers unique drift diving. Rangiroa & its famous large a passes of Avatoru & Tiputa offers exceptional drift diving with amazing successive big encounters such as manta & eagle rays, hammerhead sharks, reef sharks, turtles & dolphins, jackfish & various ocean fish schools.

Dive sites include: Motu Fara Pass, Napoleon Manta Point, Mahuta, Avatoru Inlet, Tiputa Shark Cave, Tiputa Caverns and Tiputa Aquarium

Rangiroa Diving Clubs:

Top Dive (5* PADI Dive Center)

  • Location: Hotel Kia Ora Rangiroa, Reporepo Beach
  • Transfer from Hotels to Diving Center: Kia Ora Resort & all pensions of the island (Aotera : transfers provided by the pension at extra cost payable on site)
  • “Equipment” includes : tank, regulator, stab/BCD, mask, fins,diving suit,weight belt and boat transfer to the dive site
  • PADI / ANMP courses are available upon request
  • Dives/Packages Offered: Introductory, 1 & 2 tank dives, Package of 6, 10 & 20 DivesAvailable (Dives can be shared among 2 persons & between all Top Dive Centers(Tahiti, Moorea, Bora Bora, Rangiroa & Fakarava) Nitrox is available in Moorea,Bora Bora & Rangiroa ONLY), Nitrox Dives, Private Dives
  • Languages Spoken: English, French, Japanese, Italian, Spanish

The Six Passengers

  • Location: in Avatoru village
  • Transfer from Hotels to Diving Center: free for all hotels (except Kia Ora Sauvage)& all pensions (except Les Fare de Tiki Hoa)
  • “Equipment” includes : tank, regulator, stab/BCD, mask, fins,diving suit,weight belt and boat transfer to the dive site
  • PADI / ANMP courses are available upon request
  • Dives/Packages Offered: Introductory, 1 & 2 tank dives, Package of 5 or 10 DivesAvailable, Nitrox Dives, Dives Filmed in HD on request (add supplement)
  • Languages Spoken: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish

Tikehau Diving

Tikehau DivingThe atoll of Tikehau is a must dive destination in Tahiti, famous for its dense fish population. A paradise to the natives, with its wild character and friendly atmosphere, it is quickly becoming one of the premier diving destination in the world. Discover the Tuheiva pass populated by white tip sharks, barracudas, napoleons and mantas, and the famous spot of “Mama”, coral amphitheater house of moray eels, black tip sharks and Raira.

Dive sites include: The shark hole – Tuheiva Pass – Mamaa – the Canyons

Tikehau Diving Clubs:

TOPDIVE Tikehau (5*PADI)

  • Location: on site at hotel Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort
  • Transfer from Hotels to Diving Center: free for the clients staying at the TikehauPearl Resort and all pensions on the island
  • “Equipment” includes : tank, regulator, stab/BCD, mask, fins, diving suit,weight belt and boat transfer to the dive site
  • Dives/Packages Offered: Introductory dives, 1 & 2 tank dives, Package of 6, 10 or 20Dives (dive packages can be shared between diving centers), Private dives
  • ANMP / PADI courses are available upon request
  • Languages Spoken: English, French

Raie Manta Club Tikehau

  • Location: In Tuherahera village
  • Transfer from Hotels to Diving Center: free for Tikehau Village (sur site), Aito Motel Colette, Hakamanu Lodge (transfers done by the pension at extra cost on site). Transfer is NOT included for clients staying at hotel Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort
  • “Equipment” includes : tank, regulator, stab/BCD, mask, fins, diving suit,weight belt and boat transfer to the dive site
  • Dives/Packages Offered: Introductory dives, 1 & 2 tank dives, Package of 10Dives (dive packages can be shared between diving centers and between 2 dive partners), Private dives
  • Languages Spoken: English, French

Tikehau Plongee

  • Location: Pension Hotu
  •  “Equipment” includes : tank, regulator, stab/BCD, mask, fins, diving suit,weight belt and boat transfer to the dive site
  • Dives/Packages Offered: Introductory dives, 1 & 2 tank dives, Package of 6 or 10Dives (dive packages can be shared between diving centers and between 2 dive partners), Private dives
  • Languages Spoken: English, French

Huahine Diving

Scuba diving around the island is open to travelers from all levels. The waters are full of life with many small fish, damselfish, butterfly fish, but also napoleons (lump head wrasses), manta rays, reef sharks, tunas, large schools of jacks, snappers or barracudas… The dives in the passes are relatively easy because the current is not very strong.

Huahine Diving Clubs:

Pacific Blue Adventure

  • Location: at the pier of the main village “Fare”
  • Transfer from Hotels to Diving Center: free for Maitai Huahine, Royal Huahine and Pensions fare Maeva & Tupuna
  • “Equipment” includes : tank, regulator, stab/BCD, mask, fins, diving suit,weight belt and boat transfer to the dive site
  • PADI / CMAS / ANMP courses are available upon request
  • Dives/Packages Offered: Introductory, 1 & 2 tank dives, Package of 5 or 10 DivesAvailable, Private Dives
  • Languages Spoken: English, French

Mahana Dive

  • Location: at the pier of the main village “Fare”
  • Transfer from Hotels to Diving Center: free for Maitai Huahine, Royal Huahine and Pensions fare Maeva & Tupuna
  •  “Equipment” includes : tank, regulator, stab/BCD, mask, fins, diving suit,weight belt and boat transfer to the dive site
  • Dives/Packages Offered: Introductory, 1 & 2 tank dives, Package of 4 DivesAvailable, Private Dives
  • Languages Spoken: English, French