Diving the Society Islands

Probably the most popular of the five French Polynesian Archipelagos is The Society Islands. This region includes the main island of Tahiti, and touristic Moorea and Bora Bora, all three of which are extremely popular among honeymoon-ers and divers alike. You will find most dive sites just a short boat ride away and lying within the lagoons or just out-side the barrier reefs. All levels of divers can enjoy the perfect dive, including shallow, aquarium-like dives within the heart of the lagoon. As you dive, you will witness the beauty of the colorful reefs where many dive guides feed the fish and hundreds of fish swarm around you as you swim along. If you’re looking for a little more heart-pumping action, you can’t miss out on the famous shark feeding dives of Bora Bora and Moorea; in these places, huge lemon and reef sharks pass right overhead as you kneel in a circle on the ocean floor while the guide feeds them from the center. If you are a more experienced diver, then head outside of the reef to find stronger currents and waves, as well as spectacular dive sites. In this region, you will encounter sharks, spinner dolphins cruising by, and turtles around every corner among some of the pelagics waiting to greet you.

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Wildlife in The Society Islands

Home to extremely healthy reef ecosystems, the Society Islands are every divers’ paradise. Within the lagoons, the nu-trient-rich waters have hundreds of fish species native to the South Pacific region including clownfish, angelfish, butter-flyfish, colorful anemones, giant clams, shrimp, lobster, squid, jacks, damselfish, and the famous humphead or Napole-on wrasse. Within all of the Society Islands, shark encounters are frequent. You can expect to see many different shark species such as silvertip, whitetip, blacktip, and grey reef sharks, lemon sharks, and the occasional hammerhead shark. Keep your eyes peeled for huge manta rays, spotted eagle rays, turtles, dolphins, and during some months, whales.

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Whales
Humpback Whale
Pilot Whale
Minke Whale
Dolphins
Pilot Whale
Spinner Dolphin
Sharks
Tiger Shark
Great Hammerhead Shark
Oceanic Whitetip Shark
Lemon Shark
Sand Tiger Shark
Silvertip Shark
Silky Shark
Whitetip Reef Shark
Blacktip Reef Shark
Nurse Shark
Grey Reef Shark
Rays
Giant Pacific Manta
Reef Manta
Eagle Ray
Stingrays
Turtles
Leatherback Sea Turtle
Green Sea Turtle
Hawksbill Turtle
Fishes
Moray Eel
Angelfish
Butterfly Fish
Clownfish
Barracuda
Lionfish
Wrasse
Puffer Fish
Sand Eel
Scorpionfishes
Snapper
Surgeonfish
Sweetlips and Grunts
Parrotfish
Soldierfish
Triggerfish
Damselfish
Goatfish
Tuna
Garfish
Porcupine Fish
Box Fish
Trumpetfish
Bannerfish
Emperors
Crustaceans
Shrimps
Crab
  Jan - Mar Apr - Jun Jul - Sep Oct - Dec
Whales
Humpback Whale
Pilot Whale
Minke Whale
Dolphins
Pilot Whale
Spinner Dolphin
Sharks
Tiger Shark
Great Hammerhead Shark
Oceanic Whitetip Shark
Lemon Shark
Sand Tiger Shark
Silvertip Shark
Silky Shark
Whitetip Reef Shark
Blacktip Reef Shark
Nurse Shark
Grey Reef Shark
Rays
Giant Pacific Manta
Reef Manta
Eagle Ray
Stingrays
Turtles
Leatherback Sea Turtle
Green Sea Turtle
Hawksbill Turtle
Fishes
Moray Eel
Angelfish
Butterfly Fish
Clownfish
Barracuda
Lionfish
Wrasse
Puffer Fish
Sand Eel
Scorpionfishes
Snapper
Surgeonfish
Sweetlips and Grunts
Parrotfish
Soldierfish
Triggerfish
Damselfish
Goatfish
Tuna
Garfish
Porcupine Fish
Box Fish
Trumpetfish
Bannerfish
Emperors
Crustaceans
Shrimps
Crab

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