Muck Diving in French Polynesia

The name ‘Polynesia’ was derived from Ancient Greek: 'polús', meaning ‘many’, and 'nêsos', meaning ‘island’. Approaching French Polynesia by air, you will notice that its name is not a misnomer; 121 tropical islands and atolls stretching over more than 1,200 miles of the South Pacific Ocean make up this idyllic island nation. Its low-lying islands are fringed with white sand and dotted with luxurious resorts, and while its dive sites are famed for high-adrenaline shark diving, the inner lagoons also provide the opportunity to enjoy some fantastic muck diving in French Polynesia...

While the journey to the other side of the planet is epic, so is the diving once there. At Original Diving, we believe a trip this special deserves perfect planning, and we are on hand to help you choose the ideal itinerary to take in the most luxurious hotels, the sharkiest reefs and the best of the muck diving in French Polynesia.

Bora Bora

Bora Bora is an island group in the western part of the Society Islands, and its main island rises from within its stunning natural lagoon. At the centre of the island are the remnants of an extinct volcano, rising to two peaks, Mount Pahia and Mount Otemanu, while the lagoon comprises three bays. Tuupaauo Bay was the main crater of the now-extinct volcano, and diving here allows you to scan the volcanic sand and rubble patches for cryptic critters. The varying depths within the lagoon provide shallower areas for afternoon muck dives and deeper sites to search for rays and sharks in the mornings-not that you will have to search far.

Tuamotu Archipelago

The short flight from Tahiti to the Tuamotu Archipelago will reveal the full beauty of the largest atoll in the Tuamotus. Rangiroa is one of the largest atolls in the world, and together with its neighbour to the west, Tikehau, it presents the chance to enjoy some of the richest muck diving in French Polynesia. From above, the varying depths within the lagoons glisten in fifty shades of blue, with the lighter shades revealing the shallower areas, ideal for muck diving. In French Polynesia, diving the passes into the lagoon is always a sharky affair, while the shallower inner lagoon areas are perfect for scouring the sand and rubble patches for the smaller critters, leaving photographers with a pre-dive dilemma: wide-angle or muck diving setup?

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Emily C and Eleanor are our 'Muck Diving in French Polynesia' experts and as seasoned travellers they have the inside track on the most memorable adventures.

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