We’ve divided the Pacific Ocean into three areas: Cocos and Galapagos Islands, Cook, Fiji and Solomon Islands and the French Polynesia. Each region has it’s jewels to the global diver. For instance, Cocos Island in the East Pacific is the largest uninhabited island in the world, it’s remote, wild and excellent for diving. Cocos is located 300+ miles west of Costa Rica, accessible only by boat. Cocos has no hotels and no accommodations and doesn’t need them – Cocos Island is only for the determined diver. But with determination comes rewards.
The Solomon Islands, in the South Pacific, only has a few small remote dive resorts but the islands of Uepi and Gizo are outstanding with lots of wrecks from WWII, pristine reefs and walls, and of course, plenty of fish….
Fiji is considered “The Soft Coral Capitol of the World” – need we say more? Ever heard of Rangiroa? It’s in the Western Pacific, part of French Polynesia, and offers a rocket ride in eight knot currents through shark-filled passes.
When to Visit the Pacific
Cocos Island lies in an Intertropical Convergence Zone. This zone is where the weather patterns of the two hemispheres converge near the equator. Here North and Southeast trade winds meet with the north and south equatorial currents.rainy season) and about 66°F the rest of the year. The Cook Islands experience little fluctuation in climate and have moderate temperatures and humidity. It does rain, however, with the rainy season beginning in December and running through March.
Water temperature varies from a mean of 81°F in December to 78°F during their winter in August. Whale season is September – October. Fiji’s weather presents a real mixed bag. The choice is often between good visibility and cool water or warm water and calmer seas with less visibility. The Solomons are hot and humid year-round, with the most rain falling between December and March. Rangiroa is diveable year-round, with water temperatures of 79¬83°F. See each region’s sections for more details concerning seasons.