Destination Overview:
These are the most beautiful tropical islands in the world, thanks to their geography, the lush vegetation and the clearest water anywhere. Hawaii receives more tourists in two weeks than Tahiti receives in one year. No big hotels in Tahiti (nothing taller than a coconut tree – its the law), very few tourists to be seen and all of this magical environment basically all to yourself. Very easy overnight flight: 7 1/2 hours from L.A.

Diving Details:
You can dive in French Polynesia all year round. Local visibility often reaches 130 feet. Three different types of environments exist, whether you’re diving in the volcanic islands or in the atolls:

The lagoon: nature’s swimming pool, generally shallow with very clear water…an ideal place for “Discover Scuba” lessons or for gaining more proficiency in scuba techniques.

The oceanic drop off: the part of the reef that is most alive with amazing varieties of corals, colorful fish and larger predators.

The passes: These natural openings in the barrier reef connect the lagoon with the ocean, always contain large concentrations of large fish and are the cruising zones of big manta rays and sharks. There are numerous species of marine life in these waters, from small butterflyfish with dazzling colors in coral gardens, to bigger fish such as Napoleon wrasses, manta rays, reef sharks, tuna and large schools of jack, snapper and barracuda.

Insider Information:
Prepare yourself to see some of the most spectacularly beautiful islands in the world, which means “Bring lots of film!” You’ll encounter many big animals underwater, and even beginning photographers have the opportunity to capture great shots. Above water, set aside some time for sightseeing or maybe an island tour with a local safari company. It will be worth it!

Dive Operators

Dive Sites


image InterContinental Tahiti Resort
image Sofitel Tahiti Maeva Beach Resort
image Les Tipaniers
image InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa
image Hotel Matira
image Le Maitai Polynesia
image Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa
image Novotel Rangiroa Lagoon Resort
image Hotel Kia Ora Resort & Spa


Non-Diving Activities

  • Go snorkeling…many dive sites also set the stage for world class snorkeling
  • Tour a pearl farm (Manihi, Rangiroa, Raiatea, Huahine, Taha’a, Tikehau, and Fakarava)
  • Golf the Olivier Breaud International Golf Course (Tahiti) or the Moorea Golf Course (a Jack Nicklaus 18 hole links course)
  • Go deep sea fishing
  • Embark on a 4 X 4 Safari into the high mountains
  • Take a guided hike
  • Enjoy a circle island tour
  • Explore the turquoise waters via kayak
  • Take a helicopter tour
  • Indulge in a luxurious massage or spa treatment

Frequently Asked Questions

The islands of Tahiti (French Polynesia) are located south of Hawaii, east of Australia and west of South America.

From Los Angeles, it takes 8½ hours to get to Tahiti. Air Tahiti Nui offers non-stop flights from LAX to Tahiti. From New York, your travel time may be closer to 16 hours including stopovers.

They use the French Pacific Franc (XPF)

French and Tahitian are the official languages used. English is widely spoken and understood in tourist areas.

U.S. citizens who are staying for less than 30 days in Tahiti do not need a visa. However, you will need a valid passport and an onward/return ticket.

There is no U.S. Embassy in Tahiti. The U.S. Consular Agent is available for general information and can be contacted at:

Centre Tamanu Iti
1er etage
Punaauia, B.P. 10765
98711 Paea, Polynesie Francaise
Tel: (689) 42 65 35
Fax: (689) 50 80 96

There is a U.S. Embassy in Suva, Fiji, which oversees the U.S. Consular Agent in French Polynesia. It is located at:

31 Loftus Street
P.O. Box 218
Tel: 679-331-4-466
Fax: 679-3302-267

For legal reasons, we cannot make official recommendations regarding shots or immunizations. Please consult with your physician or visit for more information.

They use 110 or 220 volts depending on your location. It is advised that you carry your own converter or adaptor.

Please consult with your airlines regarding luggage requirements and restrictions.

Air Tahiti Nui offers non-stop flights from Los Angeles to Papeete, Tahiti. Qantas airlines offers comfortable direct JFK-LAX, LAX-Papeete, Tahiti flights. Air Tahiti services the inter-island, domestic flights

It depends on the hotel/resort that you choose to stay at. However, when it comes to your diving transfers, the dive centers provide roundtrip hotel/dive center transfers.

Lagoons, oceanic drop-offs and passes. Black and white tip sharks, lemon and grey sharks, multitudes of colorful reef fishes, dolphins, mantas, giant Napoleon wrasses, and schools of jack, tuna, barracuda and snapper.

First dive boats usually leave around 8am. Second dive boats depart after lunch. The end of your dive day depends on whether you have a third or night dive scheduled.

We recommend wearing a 3mm wetsuit. While the water can get warm enough to go without, we recommend wearing one for protection.

Terminal fees, departure fees, rental equipment

E-tickets and vouchers are sent approximately 3 weeks prior to your departure.