Diving in Fakarava Atoll, French Polynesia

FP_0227After lots of research about diving in French Polynesia, I read about some incredible dives in an atoll located in the Tuamotus.

The name of this atoll is Fakarava and it has been designated as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve for the preservation of rare species. A small part of the atoll is inhabited, with only just over 400 people.

It took me about an hour and ten minutes by plane to get there from Pappete. I stayed on the north part of Fakarava where I did most of my dives with Fakarava dive center.

Most of the dives are done outside the lagoon and you drift with the strong currents. It is here that you will see most of the big pelagics like sharks, manta rays and even sail fish.

During my stay I also went to the south pass where I did some of my best dives. The dives are done in the channel into the lagoon where you can see hundreds of sharks hovering over the wall. The dives normally end at the Tetamanu Village where you can enjoy stunning coral reefs in the shallow water.

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Photographing Silky Sharks

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Diving with sharks has always been a passion of mine and I have been fortunate enough to travel around the world photographing them. Some of my favorite have been the oceanic white tips in Egypt, great whites in South Africa and whale sharks in Equador.

A few years ago I photographed some silky sharks in Cuba. These sharks swim in the pelagic zone of the ocean and are incredible creatures to photograph. Here are a few images taken while diving in the Queen Gardens.

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