FRENCH POLYNESIA MASTER I FRENCH POLYNESIA

FRENCH POLYNESIA MASTER I FRENCH POLYNESIA
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This vessel has spacious en-suite rooms with climate control & safe. Succulent fresh French & Polynesian food - served buffet style. Dive from dhonis with experienced crew. Camera table & charging facilities



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7 Nights Tuamoto Archipelago

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Languages spoken English French
  • The best diving French Polynesia has to offer at Rangiroa Reefs and Tuamoto Archipelago
  • 2nd largest atoll in the world, nutrient rich currents drawing large pelagics
  • Hundreds of hungry sharks from grey reef, hammerheads, blacktips,
  • Silky, tiger and silvertip sharks gathering in schools
  • Manta rays, bottle-nosed dolphins, surgeon fish, napoleon wrasse, grouper
  • Drift the 1200m channel at North Fakarava Island
  • Single cabin available

SERVICES ON BOARD

  • Dives from RIB
  • Battery Charging Station Warm-Water Showers Fish Id And Diving Books Spacious Dive Deck
  • Tanks With Int (Yoke) Valves Tanks With Din Valves Din/Int Adapters Nitrox ($) Rental Equipment ($)
  • Air-Conditioning Wi-Fi ($) Lounge/TV Area Power Socket Adapters Movies
  • Snorkelling Land Excursions
  • Buffet – Seafood, Lamb and Beef, Vegetarian
  • Alcohol – available to purchase on board
  • Payments on board - Visa Mastercard Cash
  • Fire Alarm Fire Extinguisher Life Jackets Life Rafts Emergency Oxygen Kit Automatic External Defibrillator (Aed) Emergency Positioning Radio Beacon
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OUR BOAT

The liveaboard French Polynesia Master is 140 feet (42.6m) long and 33 feet (10m) wide. The 12 experienced and friendly English speaking crew members will ensure every needs of the guests are met. Aboard the French Polynesia Master, 26 guests will be accommodated in 13 spacious and air conditioned cabins.

OUR CABINS

Guests will have their choice cabins located on all three Decks. Double/Twin bed cabins, 2 cabins which can be used as Single Occupancy. All rooms come complete with private bathrooms with hot showers, windows or portholes, air-conditioning with individual climate controls, toiletries and towels, reading lights, clothing storage, safe, bedding, room for luggage, 220V and 2-pin plugs with adapters available.

AMENITIES

When not enjoying the underwater delights, guest of the French Polynesia Master have a variety of entertainment options. The community relaxation areas are divided between the Middle and Upper Decks and include a spacious indoor Lounge Area, camera set up station and guest storage drawers. The air conditioned room includes comfortable bench seating and a plasma screen for watching your favourite movies.

Relax in comfort on the shaded Outdoor Lounge area on the rear of the Upper Deck. Work on your tan on the luxurious Upper Level Sun Deck and soak up the stunning views of the French Polynesian islands. Have a drink at the bar with your buddy or for the more adventurous, go Snorkelling or embark on a Land Excursion.

FOOD ON BOARD

The cuisine is crucial as outstanding food is needed to fuel the action-packed diving. 3 meals a day will be served buffet style for Divers’ convenience. The Polynesians love food which is clearly reflected when they are organizing a tamara’a (banquet). If you like fish, you will enjoy the best tuna “mahi mahi” (dolphin, swordfish or thazard) in the world. Grilled, chaud-froid, carpaccio, tartare, sashimi or sushi, are local ways to enjoy the fish that you experience in these islands. One suggestion, try your fish grilled with Taha’a vanilla sauce, it is amazingly delicious. For sea food lovers, once again the French Polynesia will satisfy you: “Pahua” (giant clam), “Vana” (sea urchin), Korori, Langouste, “Varo” (squille), “Kaveu” (coconut crab) and “Maoa”.  In short a multitude of delights from the Polynesian waters.

In French Polynesia you can also eat French cuisine, made with local products accompanied by lamb and beef from New Zealand. Snacks and beverages are provided throughout the day to ensure no one goes hungry on this dive vacation! Adult beverages are available at the onboard Bar to purchase.

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).

DIVING WITH US

The luxurious French Polynesian master transports divers to the stunning white beaches, crystal clear waters and wondrous dives sites in the heart of the Pacific Ocean. The liveaboard French Polynesia Master is the newest liveaboard exploring the waters of this Polynesian island archipelago. Home to some of the most incredible dive sites, this Dive Safari Adventure will include hundreds of hungry schooling Sharks, Manta Rays and Bottle-nosed Dolphins. Rangiroa’s Reefs and Channels, North Fakarava Island and Tuamotu Archipelago will reveal Hammerheads, schools of Snapper and Fusiliers, Napoleon Wrasse, spawning Marbled Groupers, stunning Hard Corals and all manner of Crustaceans and Molluscs.

MIDDLE DECK STANDARD TWIN CABIN

Located on the main deck, each cabin has en-suite bathroom with centrally heated hot water. Cabins have twin beds. Cabins have private safe, hair dryer, towels, bathrobes and toiletries and small portholes (cabin picture is illustrative)

  • Size:  16 m²
  • Beds:  2 Twin
  • Max occupancy:  2
  • Shareable:  Yes
  • Private bathroom:  Yes
  • Air Conditioning:  Yes

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UPPER DECK SINGLE PREMIUM

Located on the upper deck, each cabin has en-suite bathroom with centrally heated hot water. Cabins have private safe, hair dryer, towels, bathrobes and toiletries.

  • Size:  9 m²
  • Beds:  1 Single
  • Max occupancy:  1
  • Shareable:  No
  • Private bathroom:  Yes
  • Air Conditioning:  Yes

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LOWER DECK STANDARD TWIN/DOUBLE CABIN

Located on the lower deck, each cabin has an en-suite bathroom but no windows. Cabins can be adapted to either double or twin bed. Cabins have private safe, hair dryer, towels, bathrobes and toiletries.

  • Size:  14 m²
  • Beds:  Double or Twin
  • Max occupancy:  2
  • Shareable:  Yes
  • Private bathroom:  Yes
  • Air Conditioning:  Yes

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UPPER DECK PREMIUM TWIN/DOUBLE CABIN

Located on the upper deck, each cabin has en-suite bathroom with centrally heated hot water. Cabins can be adapted to either double or twin bed configuration. Cabins have private safe, hair dryer, towels, bathrobes and toiletries.

  • Size:  16 m²
  • Beds:  Double or Twin
  • Max occupancy:  2
  • Shareable:  Yes
  • Private bathroom:  Yes
  • Air Conditioning:  Yes

TUAMOTU ARCHIPELAGO (FAKARAVA - RANGIROA) 

MOST RELEVANT INFORMATION

  • The trip begins in Fakarava and ends in Rangiroa
  • The closest airport to the departure harbour is Fakarava (FAV) and the closest airport to the arrival harbour is Rangiroa (RGI)

EMBARKATION AND DEPARTURE

  • Transfer from the airport is offered (see what's included/not included section for potential charges)
  • Pickup time at the airport is according to your flights. Give yourself enough time to go through immigration and pickup your bags
  • You will receive exact meeting point instructions closer to the trip date directly from the Liveaboard
  • Transfer from local hotels is offered (see what's included/not included section for potential charges)
  • You can check in on the boat as of 14:30
  • The boat departs Fakarava in the afternoon on the same day
  • The vessel is equipped with European (2 pin) power sockets, Power socket adapters
  • Accepted payment methods on board: Cash, VISA, Mastercard, EUR, USD, GBP, AUD, NZD
  • DIN/INT adaptors are available on board
  • Towels and soap are included

ARRIVAL AND DISEMBARKATION

  • Your last dives will be on the second to last day in the morning
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you respect the 24 hour no-fly time after your last dive!
  • The boat docks back in Rangiroa in the morning on the last day
  • Check out and disembarkation is around 09:00 on the last day.
  • Transfer to the airport is offered (see what's included/not included section for potential charges)
  • Transfer to local hotels is offered (see what's included/not included section for potential charges)

EXTRA INFORMATION

  • Transfer between airport and French Polynesia Master on the days of embarkation and disembarkation are included and pick-up will be arranged once we have your travel details
  • It’s recommended to try to arrive in French Polynesia one day earlier to get acquainted
  • Embarkation is at 14:30, so please try to pick a flight that ideally arrives before this time
  • Most resorts are reluctant to take foreign currency and only take CASH payments in XPF (French Polynesia Franc). There are very few ATM machines and because of the remoteness of the islands, are not always in service (especially in Fakarava). Please ensure that you have enough cash with you for the duration of your stay and trip
  • Wifi high speed satellite internet available on board
  • All divers must complete a medical declaration and submit it on the boat. You can find this form here www.masterliveaboards.com/downloads/pdf/appendix_b_medical_statement.pdf. Any divers submitting a form on board that has 'yes' as the response to any medical question will also require a doctors certificate if they wish to dive. This is mandatory and so we ask that you complete this form in advance and obtain the required medical clearance if circumstances dictate it.

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • 18 dives, Advanced Open Water
  • Open Water divers, or equivalent, are now limited to a maximum depth of 18m (60ft) on all dives. If you only carry this certification then we advise that you complete the Advanced Open Water course before joining to enjoy the diving to the full, as the structure of dive groups will not always accommodate for shallow divers.
  • Tuamoto Archipelago are stunningly beautiful above water and the diving is spectacular
  • Situated in the heart of the Pacific Ocean this island archipelago is home to some of the most wondrous dive sites, where hundreds of hungry sharks gather in schools to be joined by manta rays and bottle-nosed dolphins
  • Our diving itineraries take you through the Tuamotu Island chain, from Rangiroa to Fakarava
  • 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.
  • Lagoons, ocean drop-offs, high octane drifts, ‘hook in and watch’ dives, walls, channels, beautiful coral reefs and manta cleaning stations
  • This area is famous for ‘big stuff’ with lots of shark activity – hammerheads, tigers, grey reef, black tip, white tip, silky and oceanic white tips.
  • Add to this the beautiful coral gardens alive with reef fish and all manner of small creatures and you have yourself a top class dive destination!
  • Strong currents to be expected and it is therefore recommended divers have experience beyond beginner level to ensure maximum enjoyment.
  • Knowledgeable crew to show you the wonders of the area.
  • All divers are now limited to 3 dives per day whether diving on air or nitrox

PROGRAM

DAY 1

Safety Briefing, Crew Introduction, Necessary Dive Paperwork, Cabin allocation and ship orientation will take place before departing the Harbour.

During the journey to our first dive site for a check dive, please take this opportunity to familiarize yourselves with the vessel and make yourself comfortable.

Please Note: This is a sample itinerary and nº of dives, dive sites, etc. may be subject to change due to weather conditions and other unforeseeable factors

DAY 2 – PENULTIMATE DAY

Your Cruise Director onboard the French Polynesia will schedule 3 dives per day; 2 day dives and either a sunset or a night dive.

Light Breakfast followed by a briefing & Dive 1

Full Breakfast,

Relaxation followed by briefing & Dive 2

Lunch,

Relaxation followed by briefing & Dive 3

Dinner

The following is a description of the dive sites you may visit during your liveaboard safari as the M/V French Polynesia Master cruises between Rangiroa and Fakarava.

This summary includes the highlights; however the yacht may also stop at numerous smaller islands along the way including Arutua, Kankura and Niau.

Tiputa Pass - Dropping in at the outer edge divers can hook in to the reef wall and watch the amazing shark display. Hammerheads, tiger shark and huge schools of grey reef shark are the main draw.

Drift on the incoming tide through The Canyons, where schools of big eyes hang out and mantas can be seen hanging in the cross current. End the dive at Shark Cave where white tips typically come to rest. Other common fish species are grouper and Napoleon wrasse.

Tiputa Reef -- On the ocean side of the pass the reef plateaus out at 20m into a magnificent coral garden. Schools of barracuda, turtles, white tip sharks, small wrasse and many colourful reef fish species can be seen. Mantas put in an occasional appearance, bottle nose dolphins too.

Deep Blue - Or simply ‘‘The Blue’’ is the deep water on the ocean side of Tiputa Pass. Here we drop divers directly from the boat to descend to 20m and hang in the blue as the sharks are tempted up to the shallower depths by dropping stones.

Expect to see grey reef, silky and silver tip sharks as well as bottlenose dolphins.

Nuhi Nuhi -- A shallow coral garden where angel fish, butterfly fish, anthias and all manner of small creatures can be spotted. Look out for leaf fish.

Mypristis -- The coral reef acts as a nursery for grey reef sharks in season. Typically divers can see large numbers of marbled grouper and many anemones with resident clown fish.

Avaturo Pass - Strong currents are to be expected but bring forth a wide range of pelagic species from reef sharks to tuna and the occasional sailfish.

Tehere Pass -- The strong currents through the pass mean divers can literally hang like a flag in the breeze! Reef hooks are essential if you want to stay and enjoy the hundreds of grey reef sharks hunting on fusiliers. Tuna, dolphins and swordfish can also be seen.

The seabed and wall is more rubble than coral reef so simply drift in the current and enjoy the large pelagics.

Pakaka Pass -- A more gentle drift than the Tehere Pass brings you through a pristine coral garden with table and staghorn corals.

Silver tip and black tip reef sharks are seen darting in about the shallow corals, whilst numerous eagle rays are frequently sighted.

Otugi Pass -- The 400m wide channel is best dived on an incoming tide for the schools of grey reef sharks and silvertips.

Teahuroa -- The outer reef wall is where huge schools of snapper congregate. Reef sharks, Napoleon wrasse, barracuda, surgeon fish and big eyes join them, whilst manta ray sightings are possible too.

Garaue Pass -- The northernmost channel of Fakarava Island and arguable the best site in the region for consistent shark sightings. The pass itself is 1600m wide and should only be dived at slack water due to the very strong currents.

Starting at the outer wall we encounter the huge ‘‘wall of sharks’’ where hundreds of greys congregate. Black tip, white tip, hammerhead, tiger, silky and oceanic white tip are amongst the other species seen.

Napoleon wrasse, surgeon fish and the typical schools of big eyes and yellow snapper swarm over the reefs, joined by turtles, morays and lionfish. In June and July, large numbers of grouper aggregate to spawn, a truly spectacular sight. Manta rays also visit.

Maiuru -- A submerged plateau on the outer edge of the pass, levels out at 18m into a lovely hard coral garden.

At the ‘drop off’ you can encounter shark activity, whilst over the reef paddletail snapper and barracuda form large schools.

Manta rays and eagle rays come by for cleaning and a quick meal and there are plenty of smaller creatures including nudibranchs and crabs to spot amongst the corals and sponges.

Ohutu -- The second plateau starts at 12m and drops to 30m with vibrant corals this is a superb place to watch manta rays.

Restaurant Pier -- This shallow site is perfect for an afternoon dive where schools of snapper, black tip reef sharks and Napoleon wrasse are common with a stunning atmosphere for photography

Tumakohua -- The southern pass of Fakarava is just as dramatic as the north, though only 200m across, it can be dived with both incoming and outgoing tides.

Big schools of grey reef sharks can be seen in the deeper water whilst along the shallower reef black tips dart about. Manta rays and leopard whiprays are also frequently seen.

In 1987 Jacques-Yves Cousteau dubbed Tikehau as ‘‘the richest atoll on the face of the earth’’, and it is easy to understand why with schools of sharks, manta rays and lovely corals.

Tuheiava Pass -- A channel dive providing predictable encounters with grey reef and white tip reef sharks, schooling snappers in huge numbers and dolphins. Turtles and solitary barracudas are also seen.

The Shark Hole - Diving down a vertical break in the reef brings you through schooling sharks onto even bigger schools of snapper. The archway at 50m is adorned with anemones.

The Old Pearl Farm -- is THE place for watching mantas as they come to the reef for cleaning.

Outer Wall -- The sloping outer wall of Kauehi Island is encrusted with huge hard coral formations and sponges. Butterfly fish, surgeon fish, banner fish and snappers all form large schools over the reef.

Puffer fish, morays, tuna, barracuda, wrasse and lionfish are a common sight, whilst mantas, grey reef shark, eagle rays and the occasional hammerhead make up the larger visitors. Great for spotting leaf fish and nudibranchs.

PENULTIMATE DAY

For your final full day aboard we schedule 2 morning dives

Plenty of time for off - gassing before disembarkation the following morning and your flight home.

LAST DAY

Once you have had breakfast transfer will take you to the Airport or local hotel.

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.

INCLUDED

  • Full board, including water, tea, coffee, juices, snacks between meals and after dives, soft drinks
  • Dive guides
  • Island tours
  • Transfer from/to airport RANGIROA / FAKARAVA and the boat at the departure days and scheduled time

NOT INCLUDED

  • Marine park & Port fees: USD 70 - 120 
  • Nitrox 100 USD 7 nights, 150 USD 10 nights
  • Tips for the crew (recommended)
  • Rental equipment - full set (BCD, regulator, wetsuit and ABC) (175 USD 7 nights, 225 USD 10 nights)
  • Courses
  • Alcohol

CANCELLATION POLICY

What if I need to cancel my booking?

Your reservation request is obligation free and you can cancel anytime within the first 72 hours. During this time you can easily find matching flights and get answers from our reservations team to any further questions you may have. After you have confirmed and paid for your reservation, the following cancellation policy applies:

  • Individual bookings (1-5 spaces)
  • Bookings more than 180 days in advance: 15% of the total invoice value is
  • due 180 - 91 days prior to departure: 40% of the total invoice value is due
  • 90 days or less prior to departure: 100% of the total invoice value is due
  • All payments are non-refundable and non-transferable

In case of cancellation the refund will be transferred to your bank account, credit card or paypal account within 10 business days

 BEFORE TRAVELLING

  • Make sure you meet the country's requirements corresponding to your nationality
  • Make sure your passport is valid at least six months after the date you plan to visit the country
  • Diving insurance is mandatory for divers of all ages on all of our trips: bring your certificate as proof
  • It is strongly recommended to have travel insurance that is appropriate for the type of diving holidays you are going to do
  • Check the electrical standards (such as which plugs are used) in your destination country before travelling and bring the appropriate adaptor if necessary.
  • The itinerary and the number of dives are indicative and are subject to weather conditions and conditions: safety is always first
  • All divers must provide their diving certification card
  • Diving computers are compulsory
  • Local rates, fuel surcharges, distance rates, port fees, etc. may change without notice due to changes in government policy, changes in the price of oil, etc. The changes are beyond our control and the increases must be paid if the boat requests them. We will endeavour to inform you of any changes as soon as possible. A change in these rates does not entitle you to cancel the trip.

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