One thing he mentioned I thought was odd . . . Scuba tanks are forbidden in French Polynesia. What’s that about?
The native Polynesisans free dive when they spear fish or hunt shell fish, commonly in very deep lagoons. A scuba diver with an arbilate or other spear-gun could easily take far more fish than one needs to survive. Hence, everyone, native and visitor, must be on equal footing to ensure the fish stock is preserved. Accordingly, no scuba. A Hawaiian sling and a face-mask are quite adaquate.
"It is not so much for its beauty that the sea makes a claim upon men's hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air, that emanation from the waves, that so wonderfully renews a weary spirit."