Fakarava - Paradise Island - French Polynesia

The islands of French Polynesia, which provided the inspiration for the artist Paul Gauguin’s vivid and passionate images of the South Seas, must be everyone’s dream of the South Pacific. Australia lies to the west, South America to the east and directly north lies Hawaii. Towering mountains clad in dense vegetation, atolls and lagoons formed by strings of idyllic low-lying coral islands – little wonder that the crew of the Bounty defied Captain Bligh in order to stay on in these beautiful islands with their beautiful inhabitants! Add to this some of the most stunning pelagic encounters and pristine hard coral reefs and it is clear why divers are happy to make the long journey to the South Pacific.

Fakarava is a part of 7 “biosphere reserve” classified atolls by UNESCO in 2006; that shows the luxuriance of this land and its unique lagoon. This lagoon is fed by 2 pass: The Garuae pass (in the North, 1600m wide, the biggest of Polynesia) and the Tetamanu pass (in the South). While diving, you can meet all types of fishes found in the Tuamotu Archipelago: barracudas, groupers, loaches, manta rays, eagle rays, grey reef tiger, hammerhead sharks, dolphins and turtles, without forgetting the luxuriant corals.Diving sites on this atoll constitute simply a paradise for the fauna and the flora, but also for the divers.

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