In French Polynesia, the diving season lasts all year round, but the best period is from April to November. Visibility under water reaches 50 meters, the water temperature in the winter season is 28 degrees, in the summer – 30 degrees. The salinity of the water in the dive sites is about 34%. The water temperature remains almost the same up to a depth of 50 meters. For diving, a lightweight 3mm wetsuit or lycra wetsuit is recommended.
Terrain and Depth
The variety of dive sites near the islands of Polynesia is great. Dives can be carried out from the shore, in the calm waters of the lagoon, to a depth of 15-20 m. For more experienced scuba divers, diving is offered on the outer side of the reefs and in the straits connecting the lagoons with the ocean. In these places, tidal currents are gaining significant strength.
Diving Difficulty Level and Recommended Certification Level
Diving in Polynesian waters is open to beginners and experienced scuba divers alike.
Visa to French Polynesia
Citizens of the Russian Federation and other CIS countries to travel to French Polynesia must have a visa issued by the French Consulate in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Kyiv and any capital of the CIS countries.
The Polynesian visa is not a Schengen visa.
Attention!!! In connection with the introduction of the procedure for taking biometric data, the submission of documents to the visa center of France is carried out ONLY with the personal appearance of the applicant.
The cost of the visa is 80 euros.
The term of consideration is from 5 working days to 3 weeks.
Polynesian visa: list of documents
– application form
– international passport
– internal passport (copies of all pages)
– two photographs (color)
– medical insurance
– invitation from the host
– printout of air ticket reservation
– certificate of employment OR statement from an international credit card account (hide card number)
To travel to French Polynesia, you can choose a route through Japan, the USA or Chile. You can also find out about visa formalities for traveling through these countries at any of our offices.
For transit through Japan up to 72 hours, a Japanese transit visa is required.
You don’t need a Korean visa to transit through Seoul.
For transit through China, under certain conditions, a visa is not required (details on request).
American visa: we provide visa support for paperwork in strict accordance with the requirements of the American consulate. Note: US Consulates have been instructed by the US Immigration Service to facilitate the issuance of visas for tourists to transit through the United States of America to other countries.
At any time, you can contact us for visa information regarding citizens of other countries.