Contemplating the South Pacific for your next scuba-diving trip? With seven diving destinations described in all their glory below, the following list will surely persuade you to follow your South Pacific dream – so book your tickets and don’t forget your diving goggles!
1. Bay of Islands, NZ
Enjoying warm currents even in the winter months, the beautiful Bay of Islands is one of the most treasured Kiwi diving spots. There are untapped gems around every corner!
If you do want recommendations for the top points on the map to base your diving trip around, make sure you check out the underwater wreck of the Rainbow Warrior at the Cavalli Islands. For a more advanced scuba dive, head out to Bird Rock, a reef buffeted by winds and swells, and ideal for spearfishing. If you’re just starting out, the beginner-friendly Howe Point can’t be beaten!
2. Albatross Passage, Papua New Guinea
Travel to New Ireland Province in the island nation of Papua New Guinea, and you’ll come into contact with one of the finest diving destinations in the South Pacific. As the name suggests, Albatross Passage forms a channel between New Ireland and New Hanover island – and because it’s so narrow, the Passage is overflowing with fish, corals, sponges, stingrays, and sharks. What could more visual delights a scuba diver ask for?
3. Savai’i, Samoa
As Samoa’s largest island, Savai’i certainly doesn’t suffer any lack of prime scuba diving spots. Featuring amazing Samoan wildlife, exquisite coral reefs, and waters that never dip below 26 degrees centigrade, you’re guaranteed a memorable trip. Plus, Savai’i boasts some of the best tour dive operators in the business – so you can rest assured your dives will run smoothly.
4. Christmas Island, Australia
Although it is part of Australian territory, Christmas Island is an experience all unto itself. Located in the midst of the Indian Ocean, this island boasts the abyss-like Java Trench, as well as innumerable other water features which must be seen to be believed.
If you go during the wet season, you’ll be able to catch the world-renowned red crab migration which sees over 40 million crabs crawl from the island’s forests to its coast.
5. Osprey Reef, Australia
If you crave adrenaline-fueled diving adventures, Queensland’s Osprey Reef is the spot for you. At 25 by 12 kilometers, this submerged atoll spells wild ocean diving at its best. Along with Australia’s endemic coral reef species, you’ll also come across pelagic fish and possibly even sharks. Selected dive tours even host organized shark feeds for divers to watch!
6. Moorea Island, Tahiti
At Moorea Island, you’ll have an abundance of accommodation options to choose from – you won’t need to take hour-long boat trips to and from your diving destination. Moorea’s shallow lagoon extends ample opportunity for glimpsing marine species such as the green turtle, lemon shark, and Napoleon wrasse. Practice your French with one of the local dive tour operators and see what you can find below the surf!
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7. Rainbow Reef, Fiji
Wedged between two of Fiji’s largest islands, Rainbow Reef is a globally-famous dive spot. One of the main reasons people flock to it is the Great White Wall, an underwater wonder covered in white coral and home to all kinds of exotic sea life, from anthias to barracuda.
To get to the Great White Wall, you will need to swim through a tube-like passage in the Rainbow Reef. Water is forced through this passage at such a rate that the necessary nutrients are disseminated to the soft corals, creating the iconic Great White Wall. Plan your dive for low tide, and don’t forget your underwater camera!