Tahiti, Bora Bora, Moorea, Huahine, Manihi, Rangiroa, Fakarava -
just the evocative names of these islands are enough to get you
through the travel agent's door.
A short, 45-minute flight takes you to Bora Bora and what an
arrival! This has to be the best airport in the world set on the
edge of the beautiful blue waters. You really feel you are in
paradise and once you are whisked off to your hotel of choice, you
can forget all your troubles as you sip a cocktail staring at the
amazing view of Mount Otemanu dreaming of the next day's
The diving in Bora Bora is very much about the pelagics,
principally sharks, and if you have an innate fear of them then
this is the perfect opportunity for 'in at the deep end' therapy.
This is the only place in the world we know where, albeit thanks to
the questionable act of feeding, you are guaranteed close
encounters with burly and reclusive three-metre lemon shark, along
with droves of the more common grey reef and black-tip reef shark.
Mantas are common too!
While the diving in Bora Bora is unrivalled for shark action, it
can get somewhat repetitive and a week is probably enough which
gives you time to head off to the more remote areas such as Tikehau