By Lonely Planet, Celeste Brash, Jean-Bernard Carillet
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The final, such a lot entire consultant to traveling in Tahiti & French Polynesia contains up to date stories of the simplest locations to stick, consume, points of interest, cultural details, maps, shipping tips and some top stored secrets and techniques – all of the necessities to get to the center of Tahiti & French Polynesia.
This advisor is the results of indepth study by way of devoted authors and native specialists who immersed themselves in Tahiti & French Polynesia, discovering exact reports, and sharing functional and sincere recommendation, so that you come away proficient and amazed.
Regions coated: Tahiti, Mo'orea, Huahine, Ra'iatea, Taha'a, Bora Bora, Maupiti, he Tuamotus, the Marquesas, the Australs, the Gambier Archipelago
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Top of section Diving When to Go There are regularly optimal diving conditions throughout the year, except when the trade wind blows, from June to August, producing choppy seas. Water temperatures range from a low of 26°C to a high of 29°C on most islands. You won’t need anything more than a thin neoprene wetsuit. Best for Certification Tahiti Mo’orea Huahine Bora Bora Best Drift Dives Tiputa Pass (Rangiroa) Garuae Pass (Fakarava) Best Manta-Ray Encounters Anau (Bora Bora) Manta Point (Maupiti) La Ferme aux Mantas (Tikehau) Tiputa Pass (Rangiroa) Nuku Hiva (Marquesas) Best Shark Encounters Tapu (Bora Bora) Tiputa Pass (Rangiroa) Le Bleu (Rangiroa) Tumakohua Pass (Fakarava) Teavapiti Pass (Ra’iatea) ISLAND-BY-ISLAND GUIDE From Fakarava in the Tuamotus to Hiva Oa in the Marquesas, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Toopua & Toopua Iti South of Teavanui Pass in the west of Bora Bora. Enjoy the channel where you can spot eagle rays, or explore the area’s varied topography, with numerous canyons, gullies, corridors and swim-throughs. �Muri Muri (The White Valley) At the northern apex of the ring of islets encircling Bora Bora. Strong currents and regular feedings in the past ensure a respectable crowd of sharks, as well as trevallies, tuna and turtles. �Haapiti A relaxed dive along a sloping reef, with regular sightings of lemon sharks and blacktip reef sharks.
NIC BOTHMA/LONELY PLANET IMAGES © Mo’orea 7 Mo’orea (Click here) is a tropical-island cliché brought to life. If you’ve been dreaming of a holiday-brochure turquoise lagoon, coral beaches, vertical peaks and lush landscapes, you’d be hard-pressed to find better than this gem of an island. Mo’orea has something for everyone. A startling variety of adventure options await: there are mountains to climb, coral gardens to snorkel along, scenic areas to quad bike, waves to surf and sloping reefs to dive.