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The Islands of Tahiti Play Host to Discovery Channel's Top Rated Shark Week Late Night Show 'Shark After Dark' Hosted by Director, Actor, Producer Eli Roth

Monday, Jun 27, 2016

The highly anticipated Shark Week on Discovery Channel kicks off June 26 and runs through July 3 for seven nights of shark-tastic, nail-biting programming. The Islands of Tahiti played host to the cast and crew of the late night Shark Week favorite 'Shark After Dark' hosted by director, actor and producer Eli Roth. 'Shark After Dark' features celebrity guests, fans and shark experts.

Special shark segments featuring Roth swimming with sharks were shot in The Islands of Tahiti including in Rangiroa, the second largest atoll in the world and home to several shark species. Additional segments were also shot on the islands of Tahiti and Moorea.

Roth joined dive masters from TopDive and saw blacktip, lemon and tiger sharks. With 118 islands and atolls, The Islands of Tahiti offer some of the most spectacular diving in the world. Sharks are a protected species in the islands, and silvertip, whitetip, grey, tiger, blacktip, lemon, hammerhead, and mako make their home in Tahitian waters.

Rangiroa, just a one-hour flight from Tahiti, is known as "The Infinite Lagoon," as Rangiroa's coral ring creates a seemingly endless display of deep turquoise and lapis blue. Because there is no island runoff, the visibility in the lagoon is over 150 feet and the temperature a constant 80 degrees. The famous Tiputa Pass, which provides an opening to the ocean, is rich with sea life. It is known as one of the world's greatest shark dives, and those who "shoot the pass" find themselves in the deep blue with literally scores of grey, blacktip, whitetip, lemon and nurse sharks. Non-divers can try some world-class snorkeling and see schools of dolphins that gather in the pass. Roth also experienced sharks and more sharks dive sites including Avatoru Pass in Rangiroa and White Valley in Tahiti and Lemon Shark Valley and Taotoi in Moorea.

"The warm waters throughout The Islands of Tahiti offer divers a pristine location teeming with marine life from flirty clownfish to elegant rays, humpbacks and lush reefs and sharks everywhere," said Jonathan Reap, managing director for Tahiti Tourisme's office based in North America. "Our destination offers visitors a perfect mix of culture, cuisine and adventure with accommodations ranging from luxurious resorts with overwater bungalows to smaller Tahitian style B&Bs with a Polynesian touch. For scuba divers specifically, we have the largest chain of atolls in the world, visibility up to 150 feet and an abundance of protected marine life."

The project was made possible with the support of partners including, Air Tahiti Nui, Hotel Kia Ora Resort & Spa, Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort, Tahiti Pearl Beach Resort, TopDive and Tahiti Tourisme.

Tune in to 'Shark After Dark' on Discovery Channel weeknights June 26 – June at 11pm ET/PT. Check local listings and follow along with #SharkWeek and #TheIslandsofTahiti.

About The Islands of Tahiti
Located in the South Pacific, The Islands of Tahiti are just eight hours by air from Los Angeles. Surrounded by pristine, crystal clear blue waters, the 118 islands and atolls offer natural beauty, authentic island culture, and unique French Polynesian style. The Islands of Tahiti are world-renowned for their white-sand beaches, stunning turquoise lagoons and varied landscapes ranging from coral atolls to volcanic mountain peaks. Each island offers a variety of accommodation experiences from luxurious resorts with overwater villas, to family pensions to sailing via private charter or scheduled cruise. Privacy comes naturally in The Islands of Tahiti and offers visitors the space to relax and reconnect and to be embraced by Mana. Mana is the life force and spirit that connects all things in The Islands of Tahiti. Tahiti is halfway between California and Australia, on the same side of the International Date Line as North America and in the same time zone as Hawaii. For further information, visit or call (310) 414-8484.

About TopDive
TopDive is a scuba diving operator in French Polynesia with centers on the islands and atolls of Tahiti, Moorea, Bora Bora, Tetiaroa, Rangiroa, Fakarava (North and South passes) and Tikehau. Located close to the spectacular dive sites, TopDive's PADI five-star diving centers offer a superior diving experience including well-appointed dive centers with changing rooms, private lockers and showers, specialized dive boats, and the utmost vigilance for diver safety. Dives feature free Nitrox, new Aqualung diving equipment, experienced dive boat captains, and professionally trained diving instructors and dive masters. For more information, please visit:, email: or call +689 40 53 34 96.

About Discovery Channel
Discovery Channel is dedicated to creating the highest quality non-fiction content that informs and entertains its consumers about the world in all its wonder, diversity and amazement. The network, which is distributed to 100.8 million U.S. homes, can be seen in 210 countries and territories, offering a signature mix of compelling, high-end production values and vivid cinematography across genres including, science and technology, exploration, adventure, history and in-depth, behind-the-scenes glimpses at the people, places and organizations that shape and share our world. For more information, please visit About Discovery Communications Discovery Communications is the leader in global entertainment reaching 3 billion cumulative viewers in more than 220 countries and territories. Discovery satisfies curiosity, entertains and inspires viewers with high-quality content through global brands, led by Discovery Channel, TLC, Investigation Discovery, Animal Planet, Science and Turbo/Velocity, as well as U.S. joint venture network OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, and through the Discovery Digital Networks portfolio, including Seeker and SourceFed. Discovery owns Eurosport, the leading pan-regional sports entertainment destination across Europe and Asia-Pacific. Discovery also is a leading provider of educational products and services to schools, including an award-winning series of K-12 digital textbooks, through Discovery Education. For more information, please visit


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