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The French annexed various Polynesian island groups during the 19th century. In September 1995, France stirred up widespread protests by resuming nuclear testing on the Mururoa atoll after a three-year moratorium. The tests were suspended in January 1996.
This is an incredible place for scubadiving. Best dive sites are located on the Tuamotu archipelago (Rangiroa, Fakarava), but any other place is fine for diving (Moorea, RaÃ¯atea, Bora Bora, etc.).
Location: Oceania, archipelago in the South Pacific Ocean, about one-half of the way from South America to Australia.
Geographic coordinates: 15° 0' S, 140° 0' W
Coastline km: 2,525 km km
Climate: Tropical, but moderate
Terrain: Includes five archipelagoes (4 volcanic, 1 coral); Makatea in French Polynesia is one of the three great phosphate rock islands in the Pacific Ocean - the others are Banaba (Ocean Island) in Kiribati and Nauru.
Elevation: Highest point: Mont Orohena 2,241 m.
Natural hazards: Occasional cyclonic storms in January
Currency: Comptoirs Francais du Pacifique franc (XPF)
Population: 266,339 (July 2004 est.)
Languages: French & Tahitian
Divisions: None (overseas territory of France), but there are 5 archipelagic divisions named Archipel des Marquises, Archipel des Tuamotu, Archipel des Tubuai, Iles du Vent, and Iles Sous-le-Vent note: Clipperton Island is administered by France from French Polynesia.
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By chris , 23-01-2008
Forum? - Hi Kate,
Also think about posting this into the Wannadive forum (community); comments are usually used for reports insted of questions.
By Anonymous , 22-01-2008
Diving off Bora Bora - Hello -I'd love to get some advice about diving off Bora Bora on a budget. Best places to stay (I don't mind staying in a pension)best school to go with. FYI I'm an experienced diver and I'd like to dive with manta rays/ sharks etc rather than coral. Thanks, Kate
By Anonymous , 20-11-2007
Dive the Polynesian haven - I was working two years in French Polynesia as a DM on a liveabord Tahiti Aggressor.
French Polynesia is one of the best diving places on the world!Best season is from Christmast till start of March for sharks and rays.Whale season is around September. Few wrecks but lot of life!
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