The South Pacific has captivated the imagination ever since
Rogers and Hammersmith penned their infamous hit musical, and by
the time Jacques Cousteau described the lagoon at Tikehau as being
one of the richest in fish life in the world, French Polynesia
already had divers figuring out how to reach these remote paradise
At Original Diving, we have already dispatched our dive experts
to wander the islets and dive the passes and lagoons, so you have
no need to scratch your head over the planning. Sit back and allow
us to put together the ultimate
French Polynesian itinerary to ensure you enjoy the best shark
dives and the cream of the macro diving on offer.
Known for its shark dives around Teavanui Pass,
Bora Bora also gives you the chance to get in the water with
your macro lens. Toopua and The Aquarium are both located within
the lagoon, and the shallow water, with plenty of ambient light,
lends itself well to shooting some excellent macro shots. The dive
site Anau also provides a good opportunity for macro photography,
as long as you don't get distracted by the manta rays...
The pass diving around
Rangiroa can be problematic for photographers; wide-angle is
perfect for the sharks and rays in the passes, but the inner
lagoons at the end of the dives throw up an array of macro subjects
too. Octopus, scorpionfish, nudibranchs and a variety of shrimp
will reward those who opted for a macro set-up, and forgoing the
wide-angle means you get to enjoy the sharks without constantly
needing to fiddle with your aperture and shutter speeds.
The fish life at Rangiroa's neighbouring atoll,
Tikehau, left an impression on Jacques Cousteau, and you can
sleep directly above it in an over-the-water bungalow. Tuheiava
Pass is the perfect wake-up dive, and the inner-lagoon sites such
as Aramu Ramu will drain your camera's battery as you endlessly
zoom in on the macro critters.