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Shark Watching and Feeding in French Polynesia

Your heart rate will rise in the presence of some of these deadly sea predators, swimmers can join the packs in water, while non-swimmers may watch the action from aboard

Best time: June–November

Shark Watching and Feeding
Shark Watching and Feeding

The sight of sharks often raises mixed feelings—fear, anticipation, and excitement! Not only can you watch these terrifying predators, but also feed them by hand under the supervision of experienced instructors. Check out how they strip a large piece of tuna to the last bone in minutes. Feeding sharks from a boat is offered by many tour operators in French Polynesia, it's one of the most popular experiences.

In the Pacific, you can see at least 16 shark species, such as the white tip lagoon shark, grey reef shark, blacktip reef shark, lemon shark, silvertip shark, silky shark, the oceanic whitetip, tiger shark, and even whale shark! The best spots for seeing them are Tahiti, Tikehau, Bora Bora, Rangiroa, Fakarava, and Moorea. The latter is also infested with Manta Rays.

Sharks can be found in the Pacific year round. The best time to see a great shark gathering is from June to November—that's their breeding season, so the mammals stick around.

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When is the best time for shark watching and feeding in French Polynesia?

The breeding season of sharks in French Polynesia occurs from June to November, making it the ideal time for shark watching in the Pacific waters. Although it is possible to see sharks at any time, chances of witnessing a great gathering of these creatures are higher during these months. Show more

Which are the most popular spots for shark watching in French Polynesia?

French Polynesia offers several popular spots for shark watching, such as Tahiti, Tikehau, Bora Bora, Rangiroa, Fakarava, and Moorea. Moorea, in particular, is renowned for its population of Manta Rays besides various shark species. One can also opt for shark feeding activities in the shallow lagoons of these places. Show more

What are the different species of sharks found in the Pacific waters of French Polynesia?

A diverse range of shark species can be found in the Pacific waters of French Polynesia, including blacktip reef, grey reef, lemon, silvertip, white tip lagoon, oceanic whitetip, tiger, whale sharks, and others. While tiger sharks are considered dangerous, most visitors spot mostly blacktip reef, grey reef or silvertip sharks. Show more

Can non-swimmers watch the shark feeding from a boat?

There are options available for non-swimmers to indulge in shark watching activities safely from the boat. Visitors can participate in shark feeding activities while diving or watch the experience from the safety of the boat. The tour guides prioritize safety, and expert guidance is provided in every activity. Show more

Apart from sharks, what other marine creatures can you spot in Moorea?

The beautiful waters of Moorea offer more than just shark and Manta Ray watching opportunities. Visitors can spot various other marine species such as dolphins, sea turtles, humpback whales, tropical fish, and beautiful coral reefs. Snorkeling and diving are popular activities allowing tourists to explore the vast variety of marine life present in these waters. Show more

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