Wherever you travel throughout French Polynesia you’ll always find great diving. From the stunningly beautiful coral atolls of the Tuamotus to the super steep green covered mountains of the Society Islands, there is something for everyone in this tropical location. There are numerous channels that travel through the islands into lagoons, just waiting to be explored. There are hundreds of fish species surrounding French Polynesia so you won’t fall short of things to see.
Mo’orea is part of French Polynesia’s Society Islands archipelago. It is known for its spectacular jagged mountains and soft sandy beaches. If you’re looking for a break between dives, why not go hiking on trails that weave through the tropical jungle that covers the vast majority of the island?
Mo’orea is known for diving with sharks. You’ll find a variety of reef sharks including Lemon Sharks, which make an exciting experience for all levels of diver.
Top 6 Dive Sites In Mo’orea
Tiki Point is one of the most popular dive sites for photographers and it’s no surprise why. This dive location is heaving with marine life and reef critters. Due to the sheer amount of reef fish, there are also a large number of predators visiting this site. Black Tip Reef Sharks, Lemon, and Grey Sharks are all found at this location. You’ll also find the occasional Dolphin or even Whale gracing you with their presence depending on the time of year.
The Rose Garden
This dive site is just superb however; you must have an advanced diving qualification to attempt this dive due to the number of decompression stops required. For safety reasons, some dive companies only allow you to dive this site with them if you have a rescue diver certification or above. This dive site is located off the north coast of Mo’orea and is home to incredible coral topography covered with rose-like Montipora coral. If you have the ability to peel your eyes away from the beautiful reef, you’ll notice the shark-infested waters around this location. Depths at this site range from 30m to 40m.
Aito is a dive site located close to Tiki Point and is a drift dive. There’s similar marine life here however, if you’re lucky, Turtles have been known to glide around the reef. The stunning Emperor Angel Fish is also found at Aito. Aito is known or its exceptional Flora and Fauna. This dive spot is not to be missed.
Rays Corridor Drift
This dive site is like none other, not only for its crystal clear waters but also for its remarkable marine life. The drift dive begins on a white sandy slope and you can drift anywhere from 1.5 to 2 miles through the fast pace waters traveling through a natural lagoon channel. Whilst moving at speed, try and take the time to appreciate the stunning wall of coral and reef critters. You’ll find schools of Eagle Rays and White Tip Sharks either hiding out in one of the many reef caves or simply sleeping on the ocean bed. This dive site is an incredible experience that should not be missed.
Opunohu Coral Wall
Located in Mo’orea’s famous Opunohu Bay, this is a spectacular dive both from the boat and under the water. Opunohu Bay is known for its incredible scenery and volcanic mountainous landscape, however, once you’re under the water, the real adventure begins. With its beautiful coral walls and canyons, this dive site has been split into three dive sites. One of the dive sites travels slightly deeper, where you can see a smaller ‘Rose Garden’. The second dive site goes along a large wall and the third end near Sharks Dining Room. If you get the opportunity to dive all three sites, take it. You’ll see Turtles, Moray Eels and a huge variety of reef fish and critters.
Stingray World is more of an experience than a dive, so if you’re looking for an opportunity to swim and even feed Stingrays, then you’re best bet is Stingray World. The organisers of this trip provide food for the Stingrays and once you’re in the water you can feed anywhere up to 10 Stingrays at a time. However, be careful not to kick up the sand and ruin the visibility in the sandy shallows.
There are so many incredible dive sites located around Mo’orea, so if you know of one that hasn’t been mentioned on this list, tell us about it in the comments below.