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Tahiti

This paradise-like island, crowned by a circle of majestic peaks, is the Queen of the Pacific; Tahiti, Island of Love. She is divided in two almost separate parts, joined only in the small land stripe known as the Isthmus of Taravao.

The nearly 402 sq. miles of the island's area are covered with a dense foliage comprising rainforests and tender fern woods, with waterfalls sprouting from the peak heights cascading below to the rivers leading into the lagoon .

The island's main town is Papeete, also French Polynesia's capital city, which is also the biggest and most populated town around. Considering the last census, it had approximately 130.000 inhabitants out of the total 180.000 living in the island.

It's in Tahiti where the most intense activity can be found. Here you can find from international-level resorts, to spas, bars, restaurants and the best and widest variety of shopping stores selling crafts, pearls and another set of local interest goods.

Papeete is also the largest stop-by port in the South Pacific, what makes it a must stop for ships travelling from one hemisphere to other of the globe.

Plus, the island itself has uncountable touristic and historic sites to see, like black sand beaches, many general interest museums, surf sites considered among the best in the world, and some of the most amazing scuba diving places known to man.

Any tripper arriving in French Polynesia should make an obligatory stop in this island to get to know its wonders before adventuring in the further islands, wilder and less explored for sure, but not comprising as many urban attractions.

Diving

The lagoon and ocean waters surrounding the island of Tahiti offer spectacular underwater attractions as well as a variety of diving sites. There are sunken shipwrecks, breathtakingly steep drop-offs covered with colored coral fans, coral gardens and much more. Of ...

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General Information

Tahiti

This paradise-like island, crowned by a circle of majestic peaks, is the Queen of the Pacific; Tahiti, Island of Love. She is divided in two almost separate parts, joined only in the small land stripe known as the Isthmus of Taravao.

The nearly 402 sq. miles of the island's area are covered with a dense foliage comprising rainforests and tender fern woods, with waterfalls sprouting from the peak heights cascading below to the rivers leading into the lagoon .

The island's main town is Papeete, also French Polynesia's capital city, which is also the biggest and most populated town around. Considering the last census, it had approximately 130.000 inhabitants out of the total 180.000 living in the island.

It's in Tahiti where the most intense activity can be found. Here you can find from international-level resorts, to spas, bars, restaurants and the best and widest variety of shopping stores selling crafts, pearls and another set of local interest goods.

Papeete is also the largest stop-by port in the South Pacific, what makes it a must stop for ships travelling from one hemisphere to other of the globe.

Plus, the island itself has uncountable touristic and historic sites to see, like black sand beaches, many general interest museums, surf sites considered among the best in the world, and some of the most amazing scuba diving places known to man.

Any tripper arriving in French Polynesia should make an obligatory stop in this island to get to know its wonders before adventuring in the further islands, wilder and less explored for sure, but not comprising as many urban attractions.

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Activities in Tahiti

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Diving on Tahiti

The lagoon and ocean waters surrounding the island of Tahiti offer spectacular underwater attractions as well as a variety of diving sites. There are sunken shipwrecks, breathtakingly steep drop-offs covered with colored coral fans, coral gardens and much more. Of course there's an equally rich fauna.

It's also the best place to master the different levels of CMAS, PADI and SSI trainings.

It's the ideal place to meet all kinds of turtles, giant wrasses, dolphins and (when in season) humpback whales.


DIVING SPOTS

The Aquarium: 
An ideal spot for beginners, to take their baptism dive in an aquarium surrounded by a coral ring. Butterfly fish, trigger fish, anemones.

The Wrecks:
Discover a sunken ship and a sunken plane, both together in the same spot! Trigger fish, anemones.

The Saint Etienne Drop-offs:
Excellent site for a "deep water dive". The place consists in a slope full with madrepores.

Papa Whisky:
A plateau which collapsed creating an underwater amphitheater. Incredible visibility to see from the edge of the sunken coliseum.

The Spring:
A natural water spring sunken 5 meters under the surface. It's better to go on a calm waters' day to see the spring in clearer way. Sharks, napoleons, turtles.

Arue Slope:
A hill covered with several corals formations and cracks. Squirrelfish, groupers.

The Abyss:
See coral roses and deep sea fish in this dive recommended for experienced divers only.

Gorgonia:
This spot owes its name to the gorgons, a type of anemone which recovers the whole roof in these underwater caves. White tip sharks.

The Fare Miti Split:
Vertical crack which "splits" the water. White tip reef sharks, humphead wrasses, deep sea fish.

Mea Spit Drop:
A point famous for its fauna, filled with black coral, anemones and deep sea fish.

Papara:
Sheer drop, home to many white tip reef sharks and other spectacular species.

Lagoon Hole:
Eagle rays, garden eels, white and silver tip sharks.

Marado:
Great underwater falls and reef gorges covered with gorgons and little caves with plenty of fish.

Gorgones: 
Vertiginous falls under schools of giant wrasses, sharks and moray eels.

Tetopa Caves:
Great caverns filled with crustaceans, such as lobsters, crabs and shrimps.

The Underwater Plateau:
Very big plateau for a beginner/intermediate diver levels, teeming with turtles, but also with overwater fauna (sea gulls and other birds).

Diving clubs

Eleuthera Diving Center

Punaauia District's Marina Taina's diving center. Part of the Te Moana diving clubs alliance, whose members are spread out throughout all of French Polynesia.

https://www.eleutheratahiti.com

Fluid Plongée

This center specializes in custom diving, where divers can decide which kind of immersion they want to to do. Located in Marina Taina, in Punaauia.

http://fluidtahiti.com/fr/

Iti Diving International

Located in Taravao, in the southeastern part of Tahiti, it's the specialist for excursions to Tetopa Caves and the Marado.

https://tahitiitidiving.com

Scuba Tek Tahiti

Located in the Yacht Club, in Arue District. Part of the Te Moana diving clubs alliance, whose members are spread out throughout all of French Polynesia.

http://www.scubatek-tahiti.com

TOPDive

Excursions to many of Tahiti 's main diving spots departing from the Intercontinental Hotel. TOPDive has diving center in 6 different islands.

https://topdive.com

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