adventure and fantastic diving describe the vast expanse of the
South Pacific, a region that includes Polynesia and Melanesia. Polynesia
is comprised of Tahiti and Tonga while Melanesia includes Fiji,
New Caledonia and Vanuatu. Throughout the South Pacific, the topside
terrain ranges from idyllic remote atolls that barely break the
surface of azure seas to chains of large, mountainous isles covered
icing on this cake is that the South Pacific is home to many of
the friendliest cultures on Earth. Almost everywhere you go, people
are eager to share their traditions, which range from firewalking
over hot coals to drinking kava with their guests to spontaneous
choirs that bid visitors long-remembered farewells upon departure.
Living accommodations vary from live-aboards to small resorts that
provide guests with isolated thatched huts.
diving is highlighted by colorful reefs and current-ripped cuts
filled with big-animal action. Moorea and Raingoroa are well known
for hosting frenzied shark dives with Blacktip Reef and Gray Reef
Sharks. In wintertime Tonga is famous for visits by Humpback Whales.
and color are the hallmarks of Fijian waters. Known as the soft
coral capital of the world, Fiji has it all, from the coral
bommies that are home to Blue-Ribbon Eels and Leaf Scorpionfish
to nudibranchs, crinoids and anemonefish. There are also sheer walls
and encounters with pelagics in the Somo Somo Straits and Astrolabe
Reef. Deep drop-offs with walls adorned by rainbow colored soft
corals and sea fans along with towering coral heads that almost
reach the surface compose the diving at Matangi and Namena.
645-foot-long President Coolidge, a once proud passenger liner turned
troop carrier and now one of the largest shipwrecks in the world,
is a feature attraction of diving in Vanuatu.
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