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Island Tour: Scuba Diving in Manihi (Tuamotu Islands)


The atoll of Manihi is more than 3 miles wide and 19 miles long. There are numerous dives sites in Manihi and all are just a 5-minute boat ride away. Between the breathtaking ocean walls that descend over 5900 feet and the many passes, you will find the waters of Manihi alive with a beautiful variety of coral gardens, snappers, napoleon fish, giant jack fish, marlin, tuna, eagle and manta rays. You will also find four varieties of sharks; black tip, white tip, nurse and gray. If you are lucky enough to be in Manihi two days after a full moon, you will find the waters filled with hundreds of yellow perch. Visit June/July and you will see hundreds of marbled grouper as they gather to mate. June through December is the best time to encounter manta rays. Manihi is an excellent dive destination for divers of all levels.


Peaceful, quiet Manihi is an hour and 15 minute flight from Tahiti and boasts several black pearl farms as well as an impeccably crystal clear lagoon. Here you will see shimmering blues and greens surrounded by white and pink sand beaches. You don't even need a mask and snorkel to see the lagoon teeming with tropical fish. Grab an outrigger canoe or kayak and explore the lagoon at your leisure. There are several different boat excursions available. I recommend a tour of the lagoon where you will visit black pearl farms and uninhabited motus (islets). You also have the option of enjoying a barbeque picnic on one of the motus and/or a sunset cruise. Should you decide to try and catch some mahimahi or tuna, you can charter a boat and skipper to take you deep-sea fishing.


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For a complete list of accommodations, visit the Manihi Accommodations page here.


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