Raised in the south of France and now based in Tahiti, ocean photographer Ben Thouard is renowned for his powerful and evocative underwater images.

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Banc de Sable Raies et Requins

Tourist attraction
Moorea-Maiao, French Polynesia
Banc de Sable Raies et Requins

"There’s a famous sandbar where all the sharks and the rays are. They're mostly blacktips and stingrays, and stay on that sandbar in the lagoon. All the boat tours stop by and it's like a natural aquarium."

Ben THOUARD

Tahurai Homestay

Guest house
Teahupo'o PK 18 côté mer TEAHUPOO TAHITI, 98719, French Polynesia
Tahurai Homestay

"Tahurai Homestay is my friend's place in Teahupo’o. He welcomes surfers and people to stay, and he will show you the surf and the waterfall in the background of Teahupo’o."

Ben THOUARD

Heiva Festival

Festival
FC4C+JMH, Papeete 98714, French Polynesia
Heiva Festival

"Every July there is the Heiva show — Heiva means July in Tahitian. Every year there is a big festival for dancers; the culture of Polynesian dancers is unique and that's something you really have to see if you come to Tahiti."

Ben THOUARD

Mont Rōtui

Mountain peak
Moorea-Maiao, French Polynesia
Mont Rōtui

"My favorite one is probably in Mo’orea — there's a hike in the middle, which is called Mont Rōtui. You're on the edge of the mountain all the way up and you have a huge view, 360 degrees. It’s the most amazing hike I've done in Tahiti."

Ben THOUARD

Teahupo’o Surfari

Boat tour agency
BP10099, 98723, French Polynesia
Teahupo’o Surfari

"My friend Cindy Drollet has the Teahupo’o Surfari boat tour and she will take you from Teahupo’o Marina all the way to Teahupo’o. You can shoot or surf Teahupo’o, which is one of the heaviest waves in the world, but also one of the most amazing."

Ben THOUARD

Papeete Market

Market
BP4588, Papeete 98713, French Polynesia
Papeete Market

"There is a big market in downtown Papeete. It’s very famous — there's always people playing ukuleles and singing, and they sell all the fish. It's a good place to buy some souvenirs from Tahiti but also to feel the local lifestyle."

Ben THOUARD

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