Amanda gives the OK sign on a dive in Tahiti.
Playing underwater, either snorkeling or scuba diving, is one of our main recreations. In the tropics, the water is usually deliciously warm, the corals are vibrant, and the fish are nothing short of fantastic. The main exception to this that we've seen was the Galapagos, where the Humboldt Current comes up from Antarctica, so the waters are cold enough to require wet-suits (even for snorkeling) and there are few, if any, corals.
The dive sites we've highlighted here are those that we found either on our own (often with other cruisers) or through the aid of a dive guide or advice of a local dive shop. This is certainly not a comprehensive list of all the fantastic dive sites available on these (and other) islands! It's just where we went.
We also haven't included all of the places we've dived - who wants to hear about how we helped clean a ton of refuse off the bottom of Neiafu harbor in Tonga, or how Jon had to search for Sue's wallet on the yucky bottom of Suva harbor? (Yes, he found it! Thank goodness for the Search and Recovery training he got for his Advanced Diving certificate in Tonga). But we have included the majority of our dives.
Folks reading this should also realize that we don't have a dive-compressor on board, so we're restricted to getting fills from other yachts (for all of our Tuamotus and Indonesia dives) or going back to 'civilization' to get our tanks filled at a dive shop. Dive compressors are bulky, heavy, expensive, and take a fair amount of maintenance. They also have voracious energy appetites. While fills in Tahiti were relatively expensive (US$11) other places were much more reasonable ($2-5) and we've usually been able to get fills whenever we needed them.
Here are the dives that we've documented so far. Questions or comments are encouraged:
|Bonaire||Cha-Cha-Cha Pier||0-40' (0-12m)||Jan 15, 17, 18|
|Windsock||30-50' (9-15m)||Jan 18|
|Anchorage||20-40' (6-12m)||16° 50.0'S||144° 42.5'W||July 14|
|Middle Pass||25-50' (8-15m)||16° 50.0'S||144° 41.9'W||July 14|
|South Pass||40-90' (12-27m)||16° 31.1'S||145° 27.6'W||July 26, 27|
|Otugi Pass||40-75' (12-23m)||15° 55.5'S||145° 52.8'W||August 3|
|Anse Amyot Wall||25-90' (8-27m)||15° 36.9'S||146° 08.9'W||August 7|
Cessna Dive Bowl
|20-40' (6-12m)||17° 33.8'S||149° 37.7'W||Feb 4|
La Goelette &
|40-70' (12-21m)||17° 32.7'S||149° 36.5'W||Feb 6, 16|
|St. Etienne||20-45' (6-14m)||17° 36.9'S||149° 37.2'W||Feb 7|
|Moorea||Canyons||35-65' (11-20m)||17° 29.1'S||149° 51.1'W||Feb 20, 26|
& Coral Wall
|45-70' (13-21m)||17° 28.2'S||149° 51.1'W||Feb 24|
|Stingray World||20-60' (6-18m)||17° 29.3'S||149° 53.6'W||Feb 24|
|Taotoi||35-60' (11-18m)||17° 28.9'S||149° 53.4'W||Feb 25, 27|
|Ray Corridor||10-65' (3-20m)||17° 29.3'S||149° 52.5'W||Feb 25|
|Tapana Bommie||20-70' (6-21m)||18° 43.4'S||174° 00.1'W||June 20|
|Blue Lagoon||40' (12m)||18° 42.6'S||174° 08.1'W||July 1|
|Boulder Bay||35-85' (10-26m)||18° 39.2'S||174° 03.4'W||July 3, Sep 30|
|Kimmie's Reef||35-70' (10-20m)||18° 30.5'S||174° 04.1'W||July 3, 18|
|Clan MacWilliam Wreck||60-120' (18-35m)||18° 40.3'S||173° 59.3'W||July 11, Oct 1|
|Mushrooms||30-65' (9-20m)||18° 40.2'S||174° 03.3'W||July 18, Sep 30|
|Ava Island||20-70' (6-21m)||18° 42.1'S||174° 02.8'W||Aug 21|
|Split Rock||35-80' (10-25m)||18° 39.5'S||174° 04.0'W||Sep 4|
|Seafans Grotto||20-65' (6-20m)||18° 39.6'S||174° 04.1'W||Sep 4|
|Vaka'eitu Bommie||20-50' (6-15m)||18° 43.9'S||174° 05.0'W||Sep 22|
|Swallow's Cave||15-60' (5-18m)||18° 40.8'S||174° 02.8'W||Oct 1|
|Plantation Pinnacles||20-70' (6-21m)||17° 47.9'S||177° 11.8'E||Jan 30|
|Sunflower Reef||10-55' (3-17m)||17° 47.9'S||177° 11.8'E||Feb 12|
|B-26 Bomber||30-75' (9-23m)||17° 39.910'S||177° 14.946'E||Feb 10, Mar 8|
|Salamanda Wreck||50-75' (15-23m)||17° 36.9'S||177° 13.7'E||March 9|
|Sabolan Besar||20-70' (6-21m)||8° 24.0'S||119° 48.8'E||August 23|
|Castle Rock||20-70' (6-21m)||8° 25.934'S||119° 33.784'E||August 30|
|Crystal Rock||0-100' (0-30m)||8° 26.4'S||119° 34.0'E||August 31|
|Japanese Garden||0-50' (0-15m)||8° 26.20'S||119° 27.16'E||September 1|
|Pulau Banta||0-70' (0-21m)||8° 24.40'S||119° 19.24'E||September 2|
|Gili Air||Air Home Reef||0-60' (0-18m)||8° 21.5'S||116° 5.4'E||September 16|
|Koh Racha Yai||10-100' (3-30m)||7° 36.7'N||98° 21.9'E||January 12|
|Koh Doc Mai||40-60' (12-18m)||8° 26.4'N||119° 34.0'E||January 24|
|King Cruiser Wreck||45-106' (14-32m)||~ 7° 48'N||~ 98° 38'E||January 24|
|Shark Point||30-77' (9-23m)||7° 47.9'N||98° 37.6'E||January 24|
|Kata Beach||10-40' (3-12m)||7°49.5'N||98° 17.3'E||January 25|
|Similan N.P.||Mooring Rocks||20-80' (6-24m)||7°49.5'N||98° 17.3'E||January 20|
|Wigg's Reef East||12-57' (4-18m)||0° 41.05'S||73° 08.7'E||April 07|
|Wigg's Reef West||12-44' (4-14m)||0° 41.05'S||73° 08.7'E||April 07|
|Bushy East||20-70' (6-21m)||0° 36.5'S||73° 08.9'E||April 10|
|British Loyalty Wreck||45-100' (17-30m)||0° 38.44'S||73° 06.97'E||April 11|
Safe Diving: If you're trying to follow our bubbles, be sure you're certified, have good equipment and adequate surface support. Conditions change rapidly with tide, moon phase, swell, rain, and other weather factors, so what we found at one site may not be at all the same for other divers at other times. It never hurts to seek the advice of locals before diving, and always practice safe diving!
If you're interested in more information on diving in French Polynesia, you might want to check out the following websites:
Lists all the dive centers and sites. Provides information
Official site of the GIE Diving of Tahiti.
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