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French Polynesia 2019

Where hundreds of hungry sharks gather in schools to be joined by manta rays and bottle-nosed dolphins.

When: May 29 - June 8, 2019

The words “French Polynesia” bring to mind a plethora of small islands with stunning white beaches, surrounded by crystal-clear warm water. Situated in the heart of the Pacific Ocean, this island archipelago is home to some of the world's best dive sites, where hundreds of hungry sharks gather in schools along with manta rays and bottle-nosed dolphins.
 
Diving Rangiroa’s reefs and channels, you can expect to see gray reef sharks, hammerheads, blacktips, silky, tiger and silvertip sharks cruising the reef, hunting schools of snapper and fusiliers. While drift diving through the 4,000-foot (1200 m) wide channel at North Fakarava Island, you can experience incredible shark action, see huge Napoleon wrasse, and witness marbled groupers spawning. A typical diving day will see you cruising through channels and exploring the outer reefs of the atolls, as well as exploring numerous shallow dive sites within the Tuamotu Archipelago. Each offers stunning hard corals, sheltering all manner of crustaceans and mollusks.

PRICE: From $6,250 USD

 

Key Information:

What's Included?
  • Accommodation
  • Food
  • Land excursions
  • Photography & video tips
  • Air fills
What's Not Included?
  • Transfers outside tour itinerary
  • Alcohol
  • Travel insurance
  • International flights
  • Dive Insurance *Mandatory* 
Itinerary

French Polynesia Diving Itinerary

We typically offer up to four day dives, however,  we may substitute the fourth day dive with a night dive when the boat is anchored within a lagoon. A 7-night itinerary offers between 18-20 dives and our 10-night itineraries offer up to 30 dives.

The diving day aboard the French Polynesia Master is scheduled as follows: Light breakfast followed by a briefing and dive No. 1. Following that dive is a full breakfast, relaxation period, briefing and dive No. 2. Next is lunch, a relaxation period, briefing and dive no. 3. A snack, relaxation period, briefing and dive No. 4 follow where possible. After dive No. 4 is dinner. Guests may also visit the islands and walk upon the pristine beaches.

Our diving itineraries take you through the Tuamotu Island chain, from Rangiroa to Fakarava, with a choice of seven- or 10-night safaris between these two hot spots, as well as a Fakarava-Fakarava 7-night loop which maximizes the time spent in this area. Dive sites are typically channel or “pass” dives, and the route planning for each trip is highly dependent upon the incoming and out-going tides for each island. We dive the optimum tide for each site to bring you the ultimate in pelagic fish action. Strong currents are to be expected and it is therefore recommended divers have experience beyond beginner level to ensure maximum enjoyment. Dive sites also include outer reefs, plateaus and coral gardens found with the lagoon, where currents are less intense and many smaller creatures can be found.

Water temperatures throughout the year range from 24-28°C (60-82°F), with January-March being the warmest months and July-November the coolest. The cooler waters bring forth migrating humpback whales and the spawning marbled groupers, with June/July being the optimum time to see them in large numbers.

FAQ

French Polynesia FAQs While we have much information on our website, you may find you have additional questions about our dive liveaboard, the diving in French Polynesia, or general location information. Below are the answers to some commonly asked questions. Should you have other questions or queries, please contact our reservations team who will be pleased to assist you.

Can I dive with nitrox? Yes. All nitrox-qualified divers may opt to dive with nitrox for an additional charge.

I am not nitrox certified. May I take a nitrox course while on board? Master Fleet does not currently offer any dive training courses aboard the French Polynesia Master. For those wishing to take a nitrox certification course, we recommend you contact your local dive center or consider PADI e-learning.

Are there any diving regulations I should know about? Diving regulations within French Polynesia differ slightly from many areas of the world. Please note that Open Water and Advanced Open Water divers (or equivalent) are limited to 100 feet (30 m) maximum, regardless of whether you carry the Deep Diver Speciality. Rescue Divers and above are permitted beyond 100 feet (30 m) to a maximum of 130 feet (40 m). Please note that authorities regularly check that these limits are being maintained, so our guides will be very strict with them.

What should I bring with me? Liveaboard lifestyle is relaxed and informal. Essential items include T-shirts, shorts, swim wear, long trousers/sarong/long skirt, sturdy footwear for island visits, and a warm jacket or pullover for cooler nights. Shower gel is provided on board, however guests should bring any hair care or personal beauty products they require, along with sunscreen. We have a fully stocked first-aid kit on board, but guests should bring any personal prescription medications with them (with doctor’s note).

Does the French Polynesia Master have internet on board? Yes,  there is satellite internet available on board at extra cost.

Can I rent scuba equipment while aboard? Yes. There are Aqualung BCDs, regulators, wetsuits, masks and snorkels, and fins available for rental. Prices per item vary, however, we also offer a package price of US $40 per day of diving. You may also rent a computer and torch (flashlight) for a daily fee of US $5 per item.

Must I pay National Park fees? Yes.

I’m traveling alone. Must I pay a single supplement or may I share a cabin? For solo travelers we offer two options. You may have a cabin for yourself, for which we charge a single supplement of 100 percent of the cabin cost. If you wish to share a cabin, we will place you in a twin cabin with a member of the same sex. We do not mix cabins without express permission of both guests.

Must I spend an additional night in Tahiti either side of my liveaboard trip? We recommend guests spend an additional night one day before their cruise departure so as to be well rested before the start of the cruise. There are daily domestic flights between Tahiti and Rangiroa and six to seven times per week between Tahiti and Fakarava (depending on the season), These flights are around one hour long. Disembarkation at the end of the cruise will be just before 10 a.m. If you are not remaining in French Polynesia for additional nights after your cruise, please allow plenty of time for the transfer to the airport and for check-in.

Do I need dive insurance? Yes. All divers traveling aboard the French Polynesia Master must ensure they are fully covered for all diving accidents and emergency situations, including coverage for air evacuation. We also strongly advise our guests to obtain comprehensive travel insurance to cover against unforeseeable delays and potential missed flight connections.  

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