Scuba Diving Pacific and South Pacific
The Western Pacific and South Pacific are truly A Diver’s Paradise!
Trying to summarize scuba diving in the Western Pacific and South Pacific is a nearly impossible task. The diversity of diving that is available is so very broad that you could make 20 trips and dive 20 different locations and never have a similar experience.
Top diving destinations in the Pacific and South Pacific include many of best places to scuba dive in the world : Papua New Guinea, with its pristine dive sites, wrecks and marine life. Fiji, famous for its coral reefs and tiger sharks. Tahiti‘s beautiful turquoise waters and oceanic drop offs attract large pelagic, especially sharks and rays and vase schools of tropical reef fish. Palau is famous for swimming with Jellyfish and the stunning Rock Islands. If you want to dive with Manta Rays, then go to Yap. Snorkel or possible dive with Humpback Whales in Tonga and remember the world famous Chuuk (Truk) Lagoon, home to the entire Japanese 6th fleet, sunk in 1944. …..The lists are endless…
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The Pacific is big place – incredibly vast and blue, covering 11 million square miles stretching from the top of Australia to the Hawaiian Islands. The Pacific Islands are the islands of the Pacific Ocean. Three major groups of islands in the Pacific Ocean are Micronesia and Melanesia and Polynesia.
This northernmost sub-region is comprised of thousands of small (hence the term micro) islands. It has a shared cultural history with two other island regions: Polynesia to the east and Melanesia to the south.
The region has a tropical marine climate and is part of the Oceania ecozone. There are four main archipelagos along with numerous outlying islands.
Micronesia is divided politically among several sovereign countries. One of these is the Federated States of Micronesia, which is often called “Micronesia” for short and is not to be confused with the overall region. The Micronesia region encompasses five sovereign, independent nations—the Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands and Nauru—as well as three U.S. territories in the northern part: Northern Mariana Islands, Guam and Wake Island.
Federated States of Micronesia – has reefs and ocean are some of the cleanest and clearest waters in the world and are comfortable for diving and snorkeling all the year round. Chuuk – For wreck divers, Truk Lagoon is nirvana. Kosrae – Kosrae has some of the most pristine reefs in Micronesia and is perfect for photography. Pohnpei – one of the most varied marine environments in Micronesia. Yap – Most popular is their resident population of manta rays
Palau – Considered by many to offer some of the best dives in the world and as one of the Top 10 Diving Destinations. Palau features coral reefs, blue holes, wartime wrecks, hidden caves and tunnels, more than 60 vertical drop-offs to play with, and an astonishing spectrum of coral, fish, and rare sea creatures.
Marshall Islands – The Marshall Islands are one of the best dive spots in the world, for both wreck and reef diving. The sites are almost untouched in their beauty and clarity of the water is spectacular.
Northern Mariana Islands – This lush tropical Micronesian paradise of 14 islands strung in the western Pacific offers the perfect getaway for visitors from both East and West. Called “America’s best kept secret”. You can truly escape to a place of magnificent beaches and crystal clear aqua waters, rich history, year round outdoor activities, world class diving and golfing.
Papua New Guinea – The waters of Papua New Guinea possess some of the best dive spots in the world. About twice the amount of fish species as compared to the Red Sea, and roughly ten times as many species of corals are found here compared to the Caribbean.
Solomon Islands – The marine biodiversity is exceptional, incredibly healthy reefs look like a Garden of Eden and the absence of crowds is a prime draw. Another clincher is the mindboggling array of WWII wrecks – Hundreds of ships and aircraft litter the ocean floor, providing divers with a wide range of wrecks for scuba divers to explore.
Vanuatu – Dive the “SS President Coolidge” – the largest wreck dive in the world. This republic of about 221,000 people is three hours by air from Australia. Its 83 islands are mostly mountainous and are home to several active volcanoes. Vanuatans speak 113 languages, but all celebrate life with a series of rituals and events, making it a fascinating spot to visit. The capital is Port Vila on Efate island.
This easternmost South Pacific region, which includes Hawaii, counts idyllic Tahiti and mysterious Easter Island among its treasures. Its ocean-going settlers, originally from Southeast Asia, are renowned for their navigation, having survived arduous journeys in dugout canoes as early as 1500 B.C.
French Polynesia – Tahiti – Maeva! Welcome! The islands of Tahiti offer world-class diving and are famous among divers for the large marine life, drift dives, warm and pristine waters, and uncrowded dive sites.
Tonga – Tonga is one of those destinations that has yet to be discovered by the mainstream. From June to November underwater exploration often comes with the living, breathing soundtrack of murmuring whalesong from courting humpback whales.
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