One of the many draws of the South Pacific is the beautiful waters with diverse marine life that makes it one of the premier diving destinations in the world. Novice and experienced divers alike flock to the South Pacific every year to experience the pristine waters and extraordinary wildlife for themselves. For this reason and many others, the South Pacific is a playground for the adventurist. Below we’ve highlighted a few of the best diving locations in the South Pacific.

Tahiti. Tahiti has long been one of the premier islands in French Polynesia for diving. One of the largest islands in French Polynesia, this is paradise. Because of its good visibility and warm waters, this is an ideal diving destination for both the experienced and beginner diver. Tahiti is great because of the variety of things you may see on a dive, from elaborate underwater plant life and schools of fish to sunken vessels. Some of the marine life you may see include manta rays, carangues, and reef sharks.

Great Barrier Reef. The Great Barrier Reef is the largest reef in the world, stretching for over 1,600 miles. For many, this is the gold standard of diving and at the top of most divers’ bucket lists. It features one of the most diverse regions of marine life in the world, highlighted by multiple different species of whales, sharks, dolphins, and sea turtles, as well as thousands of other species. Because the reef is so large, it features tons of great diving spots for both beginners and experienced divers. Cairns in North Queensland, Australia is often where divers launch from.

Fiji. Fiji has its own large barrier reef, the Great Sea Reef, which is one of the largest in the world. Located off the coastline, this is the first choice of many divers in Fiji. The true adventurist may opt for Viti Levu, the largest Fijan island, famous for its shark feeding dives. The novice diver may enjoy Jean Michel Cousteau Resort, which features some of the world’s best diving spots just off the beach. Establishing a name for itself as the “Soft Coral Capital of the World,” this region features one of the largest concentrations of fish and coral in the world. Some of the species you may see here include reef sharks and barracudas.

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