TAHITI TO DIVE
Tahiti and her islands are not only mesmerizing to experience topside ... they offer incredible diving experiences for all divers, from beginner to the more advanced. Diving is available in shallow, calm waters to deeper dives with stronger currents.
This is often touted as a great dive for a newer diver due to its lagoon location and at a depth of only 10 to 30 feet it's also a great snorkeling site as well.
Located on Tahiti's peninsula, this shallow ocean dive is only 1030 feet deep, but it offers an amazing array of sea life. This dive offers dramatic diving among caverns and tunnels filled with lobsters, crabs, coral, and pufferfish.
More experienced divers will want to check out this spectacular wall dive that starts at 60 feet and drops off to 140 feet. Here you can glide down the sheer outer reef wall covered with beautiful gorgonians while you keep an eye out for sharks, eels, and large Napoleon wrasses.
This dive is unique in that it offers a "lagoon within a lagoon" which is actually a basin inside the lagoon that is teeming with leopard rays, triggerfish, reef shark, and coral bommies. With a depth that ends in a sandy bottom at 90 feet, you'll have a great view of eagle rays, stingrays, scorpionfish and larger fish like tuna and grouper.
This is a popular dive site near the airport, and is unusual in that it offers an amphitheater-shaped area that ranges from 30 to 150 feet. Here you can see pufferfish, butterflyfish and damselfish in abundance. There is a sharp drop off at about 30 feet.
The Goelette and the Catalina
The Goelette is a 100-foot cargo ship that lies in about 40 to 75 feet of water. Nearby is the remains of a Catalina flying boat in about 30 to 60 feet of water. The Catalina is an interesting airplane wreck that allows divers to swim-through the hull through a cargo door and on up and out through the hatch.
St. Etienne DropOff
This wall dive is just outside the Punaauia Reef. It offers a dramatic drop-off starting at 30 feet and ends in an overhanging cliff at 150 feet. Here you'll be treated to a colorful display of many small fish.
Fresh Water Springs
Explore cool-water underground springs bubbling up from the ocean floor at about 20 to 30 feet from the surface. The spring is located at the base of three seamounts that attract Napoleon wrasse and sea turtles.
The Faults of Arue
The Faults of Arue, in Matavai Bay, offer a sheer drop-off with crevasses, sea-fans and interesting overhangs. Lionfish, soldierfish and sweepers hide in the many nooks and crannies. Moray eels and whitetip reef sharks can be found at depth.