Diving the Marquesas Islands

The Marquesas Islands are the farthest island group from any continental landfall on earth; they have had little change over the centuries. This region is not easy to get to, as it is far removed from it all and the islands sit like little untouched jewels in the middle of the vast South Pacific Ocean. The Marquesas Islands are perfect for every type of diver, from the beginner to the technical. You will find excellent diving conditions all year-round; however, you won’t find as high visibility as in other regions. This place is worth the trip; as soon as you arrive, you’ll be rewarded with lush, rainforest-covered volcanic peaks that plunge into crystalline blue waters, tall majestic waterfalls, richly preserved Polynesian cul-ture, and sweet, friendly locals. Although the diving here isn’t as good as in its neighboring archipelagos due to lower coral diversity, The Marquesas have massive animal encounters and thrilling underwater topography that will astonish you. Nutrient rich waters and rushing currents bring in gigantic manta rays that are up to 16 feet long (5 meters). In eve-ry dive, you will also encounter dragon eels, different types of rays such as leopard and marble, friendly dolphins in the wild, and even different types of sharks.

Dive Sites in Marquesas Islands

Featured places to go in Marquesas Islands

Nuku Hiva

Nuku Hiva is famous among divers due to the high probability of encountering melon headed-whales.

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Hiva Oa

Hiva Oa is the other main island within the Marquesas Islands group and well worth the effort.

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Aquatic Life in Marquesas Islands

Feel like you are at the end of the world while diving among the Marquesas Islands. Diving in these waters you will witness untouched reefs and a diversity of marine life. An abundance of endemic species swim in these waters, includ-ing the dragon moray eel. The large pelagics that come in to feed in the nutrient-rich waters make the diving here spec-tacular. The Marquesas are home to several species of rays including manta rays, leopard rays, stingrays, and marbled rays. You will also find larger marine species such as scalloped hammerhead sharks, dolphins, and melon-headed whales.