Tahiti, richest aquarium on earth

Proudly displayed on the bodies of Tahitians, you’ll find manta ray, shark, whale and sea turtle tattoos that tell the story of a people defined by the sea.

Divers come from around the world to experience these sacred sea creatures, which, in The Islands of Tahiti hold a place of reverence among the gods.

It’s only natural that the sea around these islands is both figuratively and literally a clear blue heaven on earth. The warm waters that surround The Islands of Tahiti teem with life from flirty clown fish to ever-present sharks, to awe-inspiring humpback whales which arrive between July and November.

Photo: Philippe Bacchet.

When you’re ready to do some diving and snorkelling, the heavens await.

There are dozens of unique dive sites around each island and atoll and expert certified dive operators will take care of all the details.

Dives and other activities can be arranged in advance by your Preferred Travel Professional or through your resort or cruise ship.

Marine environment

The crystal-clear waters of The Islands of Tahiti are home to more than 1,000 species of fish with an unmatched variety of colour, size and shape. The smallest fish are often the most colourful and prefer the coral gardens and shallow depths of lagoons, while larger species enjoy the bustle of life in the inlets and reef complexes and beyond, out in the open sea.

The combination of canyons, caverns and coral beds provides a multitude of nooks and crannies for marine life.

A 4 million km² natural aquarium

Because of its exceptional biodiversity, scientists consider the French Polynesian sea zone to be the “richest aquarium on earth”.

Photo: Bruno David.

In 2000 the entire region was classified as an Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), a wildlife sanctuary where, among other things, drift fishing is prohibited, earning French Polynesia top honours from the WWF (World Wildlife Fund).

The jade and turquoise waters of the lagoons of the Tuamotu and the Society Islands archipelagos, where slender, multi-coloured fish species have evolved, attract nearly a third of all dolphin species from every ocean. Schools of damselfish, mullet and soldierfish frolic in the coral lacework as striped convict surgeonfish and frowning Picasso triggerfish pass by.

Manta rays gliding across the shimmering sea bottom can suddenly leap skyward and re-enter the water right next to placid sharks basking in the lagoons.

Sea turtles bury their eggs in the warm sands of deserted beaches as whales mate and calve in the undisturbed bays of our archipelagos: the Austral Islands, the Gambier Islands, the Tuamotu and the Society Islands.

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