Underwater Adventures in Tahiti
Tahiti, more properly known as French Polynesia, is world-famous as a honeymoon destination. Reputed to be the most romantic spot on the planet, the glittering turquoise lagoons and iconic over-water bungalows instantly conjure up an incredible atmosphere, perfect for couples. But the gorgeous islands of French Polynesia aren’t just for couples. In fact, if you Google ‘best diving and snorkeling in the world’, chances are the names Tahiti, Moorea, or Bora Bora will pop up.
French Polynesia is a wild aquarium full of shallow coral atolls, stunning lagoons, and deeper reefs that are alive with incredible tropical fish and larger underwater creatures. So if you plan to cruise to the South Pacific islands of Tahiti and want to explore an amazing world under the ocean waves, here are a few of the best places to snorkel in Tahiti and French Polynesia.
Temae Beach, Moorea
Temae Beach is one of the best publicly accessible beaches on the island of Moorea and an absolutely superb place to snorkel. Just off the stunning white sand beach lies one of the most well-preserved coral reefs around Moorea, and it is both shallow enough and close enough to the shore to allow easy, relaxed snorkeling. If you haven’t packed your mask, fins, and snorkel, equipment can be rented from the nearby Sofitel, making the entire experience hassle-free.
Pointe des Pêcheurs, Tahiti
Just off the north coast of Tahiti, Pointe des Pêcheurs is the best spot on the island to catch a glimpse of manta rays and sea turtles. It is a more treacherous location than many of the other spots around Tahiti due to the strong currents, and it is best for more advanced snorkelers or with an experienced guide. Definitely one of the best things to do on the island if you are looking for adventure.
The Aquarium, Tahiti
Another carefully protected and sheltered lagoon, the Aquarium on Tahiti Nui is a wonderful place for snorkelers and rookie divers. Swimming in the clear, warm waters of the lagoon is a deeply pleasant experience, and the coral reefs are alive with a huge variety of tropical fish. If you’ve chosen to level up and try scuba diving, the wreck of a Second World War plane awaits, easily accessible in the shallow waters. With no current and not much depth, it’s a great place for kids and first-time divers.
The Coral Garden, Taha’a
A few short swimming strokes off the Taha’a Island Resort & Spa beach, the Coral Garden is a delightful spot for snorkeling and arguably one of the loveliest in the whole archipelago. It offers all the beauty of Bora Bora but on a much smaller, more manageable scale, and with the bonus of its charming Manta Ray Cleaning Station, where you have the chance to get up close and personal with these otherworldly creatures as they glide through the water.
Bora Bora Lagoon, Bora Bora
Of course, no snorkeling guide to Tahiti would be complete without a mention of Bora Bora’s world-famous lagoon. Flat, calm, shallow, clear, and warm, this is snorkeling perfection encapsulated and is a spectacular spot for swimming and sunbathing too. Reef sharks, parrot fish, tiny electric tropical guppies, and a variety of rays make snorkeling in Bora Bora a must.
Feature Photo by Benjamin I Jones
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