Bora Bora -
Photo courtesy of www.Tahiti-Tourisme.com
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.
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
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.
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!