Northwest of Tahiti in French Polynesia, the snorkeling off Raiatea offers divers some nice coral gardens and diverse marine life. Overall, Raiatea is not known for particularly healthy coral formation though. In the lagoon surrounding the islands, there has been a lot of fish feeding through the past several years, so the fish are quite friendly and plentiful. Most likely, you’ll encounter plenty of triggerfish, snapper, jacks, perch, eels and reef sharks.
Off the main island of Raiatea, a good snorkeling dive is off the Raiatea Hawaiki Nui Hotel. Try starting under the overwater bungalows where there is a cliff-like reef fromation.
Off the northern island of Tahaa, try snorkeling off the Le Taha’a Private Island Resort located to the northwest of Tahaa. There are nice coral gardens to explore.
To reach the Raiatea Island snorkeling by air, fly into the Raiatea Island airport from Fa’a'a International Airport (PPT) near Papeete on Tahiti. The Raiatea Airport is located about a ten minute drive from the main city of Uturoa. If you’d like to continue on to the sister island of Taha’a, there is a shuttle boat service available. 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, Raiatea is the 10th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 13 snorkeling dives in French Polynesia.