Imagine golden-sand beaches fringed with coconut trees, sun-kissed emerald lagoons, razor-sharp mountains where white clouds gather… For a lot of people French Polynesia recalls a pure and mesmerizing Garden of Eden lost in the South Pacific Ocean. It is actually made of five archipelagos and 18 islands scattered like confetti over a surface as big as Europe, more than 5 000 km away from the next continent. In 1768, the day he got close to Tahiti for the first time, French explorer Bougainville is said to have cried out: “this is heaven on earth!”. There at least is one truth here: French Polynesia is an underwater heaven. Every visitor gets the chance to dive in warm, clear waters and meet stingrays, sharks and multicolored fish.

Snorkeling destinations in French Polynesia