Northwest of Tahiti in French Polynesia, the snorkeling off Huahine Island is popular for its blue waters and sandy shores. The lush Huahine Island actually consists of two volcanic islands, Huahine-Nui and Huahine-Iti, that inter-connect by a natural land bridge. There are numerous white sand beaches offering excellent shore-accessed snorkeling.
As with many islands, there is of course a snorkeling dive site call Aquarium. Actually, in Huahine, there are two dive sites with this name. Off the southwest shore of Huanhine Iti, the Safari Aquarium is a boat-accessed snorkeling dive site out in the lagoon on the inside of the atoll barrier reef. There are coral heads with sponges that provide habitat to pufferfish, damselfish, triggerfish, stingrays, clams and urchins. This boat access snorkeling dive site is in 7 to 10 feet of water. And, off the western shore of Huahine-Nui, the Aquarium is also a boat-accessed snorkeling dive site that is also out in the lagoon on the inside of the atoll barrier reef. This is a good beginner dive with plentiful reef fish located in waters from 5 feet to 60 feet.
Off the north coast of Huahine-Nui, the Coral City snorkeling dive site has very healthy coral formations. In the 35 foot deep waters with no barrier reef, you may encounter many sharks.
Off the northwest coast of Huahine-Nui, the Fa’a Miti snorkeling dive site also has limited barrier reef and is known for its plentiful grey sharks, white-tipped reef sharks and black-tipped reef sharks. The water depth ranges from 12 feet to 55 feet deep.
To the west of Huahine-Nui outside of the Aquarium dive site, the Avapeihi Pass snorkeling dive offers a more open ocean like environment. The 10 feet to 60 feet deep waters in the pass are habitat to eagle rays and grey sharks.
In addition, the house reef off Le Relais Mahana Hotel is known by snorkelers for its coral garden.
To reach the Huahine Island snorkeling by air, fly into the Huahine Island airport (HUH), which is located north of Fare, from Fa’a'a International Airport (PPT) near Papeete on Tahiti. The Fa’a'a International Airport (PPT) is located on the southwest side of the capital city of Papeete on the island of Tahiti. The main international airlines serving Fa’a’a Airport are Air Tahiti Nui (Los Angeles), Hawaiian Airlines (Honolulu) and Air France. To continue on to one of the many islands within French Polynesia, the inter-island airline is Air Tahiti. In case you are coming from the Cook Islands, Air Tahiti also serves Cook Islands to Fa’a’a Airport. For transport from the island of Tahiti to the closest islands, there are a couple ferry services that can be considered.
Overall, Huahine is the 3rd most popular snorkel dive spot of all 13 snorkeling dives in French Polynesia.