Other Polynesian Islands
Fakarava’s most notable dive site is the northern pass of Garuae which, at 800 meters, is the wideest in French Polynesia. The pass features particularly rare flora and fauna. Vistors can also tours the island’s Pearl farms, which are the main source of income for the local population.
To protect the island’s environment (Fakarava is a biosphere reserve of UNESCO), the lone resort (the Le Maitai Dream) was built to respect its surroundings and does not have any overwater bungalows.
Approximately 350 miles southwest of Tahiti you will find the Austral Islands including Rurutu and 5 smaller islands which are Iles Maria, Rimatara, Tubuai, Raivavae and Rapa. These islands are primarily, wild and full of caves. People here master all of the traditional crafts but they are known for their pandanus fiber weaving skills. Only Rurutu, Tubuai and Raivavae can be reached by plane..
Rurutu is the most northern island of the archipelago. The numerous caves embellished by amazing stalagtites and stalagmites used to be graves and are one of many attractions on the island. Rurutu also allows the observation of humpback whales when they come to breed between July – October. The highlight for divers is of course swimming with a mother whale and her calf or hearing the songs of the males trying to attract the females.