CRUISE ON BOARD of the PF MASTER
Diving French Polynesia
Just say the words “French Polynesia” and what springs to mind are 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 most wondrous dive sites, where hundreds of hungry sharks gather in schools to be joined by manta rays and bottle-nosed dolphins. Diving Rangiroa’s reefs and channels you can expect to see grey reef hammerhead, black tips, silky, tiger and silver tip shark species cruising the reef, hunting on schools of snapper and fusiliers. Whilst drift diving through the 1200m wide channel at North Fakarava Island, you can experience incredible shark action, see huge Napoleon wrasses and witness marbled groupers spawning. A typical diving day will see you cruising through channels and exploring the outer reefs of the atolls, yet there are numerous of shallow dive sites within the Tuamotu Archipelago, each with stunning hard corals, sheltering all manner of crustaceans and molluscs.
French Polynesia Liveaboard
Built of steel, the French Polynesia Master plies the waters of this island archipelago, welcoming aboard 25 guests for 7 or 10 night dive safaris. Our 4 decks provide ample space for relaxation and dive equipment and camera preparation. Our experienced crew will ensure you receive only the highest quality service on your diving vacation.
Built in 2016, the French Polynesia Master has joined the Master Liveaboards’ fleet and has now become a fully fledged member. The building process was managed by the experienced yacht building team of Worldwide Dive and Sail, Jan & Frank van der Linde. Guests may choose between lower deck and upper deck cabins, each with en-suite and individual air conditioning units. Communal relaxation areas are split between the middle and upper decks; comprising a spacious indoor lounge area, camera set up station and guest storage drawers, with pillowed bench seating and a plasma screen. There is an extra shaded outdoor lounging area to the rear of the upper deck with more cozy seating. Finally, there is a sun deck on the upper level with comfortable lounge chairs from where you can unwind and soak up the stunning views of the French Polynesian islands.
Dive equipment is set up and stored at the rear of the main deck in a dedicated shaded outdoor area. All guests are allocated an individual set up station, with under bench storage for masks, fins and other personal items. A camera table can be used to store prepared equipment ahead of the dive, with dedicated rinsing tanks provided. Divers can make use of the shower hoses on deck or rinse off between dives with the port side deck heads.
French Polynesia Diving Itinerary
On a typical day we offer up to 4 day dives however the 4th day dive may be substituted for a night dive when the boat is anchored within a lagoon. A 7-night itinerary provides for between 18-20 dives, whilst during our 10-night itineraries, up to 30 dives will be possible.
The diving day aboard the French Polynesia Master is scheduled as follows:
– Light Breakfast followed by a briefing and Dive
1. Full Breakfast, relaxation period, briefing and Dive
2. Lunch, relaxation period, briefing and Dive
3. Snack relaxation period, briefing and Dive
4, where possible. Dinner.
Guests may also take the opportunity to 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 7 or 10 night safaris between these two hot spots, as well as a Fakarava-Fakarava 7-night loop which maximises the time spent in this UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Please note the following Rangiroa-Fakarava itinerary update per 27 September 2017: Instead of Rangiroa, embarkation or disembarkation point will be: Papeete Harbour in Papeete, Tahiti.
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 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 of marbled groupers, with June/July being the optimum time to see them in large numbers.
Getting there and away…
The French Polynesia Master embarks and disembarks at either Fakarava Airport or Quai D’Ohotu in Rangiroa depending on your chosen cruise. Take your international flight into and out of Fa’a’ā International Airport in Papeete, Tahiti and, if possible, try to arrive in French Polynesia 1 day before cruise departure so you are well rested before the start of the cruise. There are 6-7 flights per week between Tahiti and both Fakarava and Rangiroa (depending on the season), which are only around 1 hour in duration.
Please note the following itinerary update per 27 September 2017:
Instead of Rangiroa, embarkation or disembarkation point will be: Papeete Harbour in Papeete, Tahiti.
Disembarkation at the end of the cruise will be just before 10am. 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 in each cruise:
Transfer from the airport to the boarding point
Your shared occupation cabin
All meals and snacks
The number of program dives
Tank and weight
Not included in the cruise
Air transport, international and domestic
The night before the cruise
Travel insurance covering diving and emergency evacuation, mandatory
Soft drinks and alcoholic drinks
Diving equipment other than that indicated in the inclusions
Nitrox diving ($)
7-night cruise aboard the PF Master:
Terrestrial portion only
Price From: $ 4525
10-night cruise aboard the PF Master:
Terrestrial portion only
Price from: $ 6250
10-night cruise in the Marquesas aboard the PF Master:
Terrestrial portion only
Price from: $ 7250
Group: minimum 11 participants / Individual: 2 participants only:
Price on request
We suggest you take advantage of this trip to extend your stay, before or after your cruise. Visit the islands of French Polynesia to discover their beauty and the charm and kindness of its people.
Whether in the guesthouse or hotel, made us know your needs and one of our specialists it will be a pleasure to make a proposal.
TICKETS OF PLANE:
Voyages Aquanautes is IATA accredited, which allows us to book your flights and issue your plane tickets.
We have access at all times to your flight record, it allows us to help you in case of problems, service is our priority!
We represent Air Tahiti Nui, we issue airline tickets for this airline
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