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Diving in Nuku Hiva Island

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When to go to Nuku Hiva Island

Nuku Hiva Island is a year-round destination for diving, although the best time to dive is May to September. The air temperature is often about 27-30C/81-86F, and the water temperature ranges between 25-27C/77-81F. The visibility is poor, only up to 20m/66ft, due to the strong currents and large quantity of plankton. What to see Dolphins, various types of sharks, barracudas, stingrays, octopi, and unicornfish are some of the species that are seen around Nuku Hiva Island quite often. The period from January to February is mating season for whales.

Scuba diving in Nuku Hiva Island

Nuku Hiva Island is one of the untouched Marquesas Islands that is part of French Polynesia. Nuku Hiva Island has diverse underwater flora and fauna for divers of all levels. It is characterized by healthy reefs, cleaning stations, mysterious caves, rocky platforms, and an unusual underwater landscape. Most popular dive sites The most famous dive sites around the island are Hammerhead Guard Rock, with manta rays and hammerhead sharks, Tikapo Rock, with beautiful rocky peaks, Pygmy Orcas, with a lot of melon-headed whales, and Ekamako Cave, featuring a cliff at 10m/33ft. Other interesting dive spots are Dulcinea, a protected bay, and Matateteiko.