The French Polynesia Master Liveaboard cruises the more remote islands in the French Polynesia archipelago. It is the newest liveaboard to cruise the South Pacific, comfortably accommodating 25 guests for 7 or 10-night dive safaris.
The French Polynesia Master is the newest liveaboard to cruise the South Pacific, comfortably accommodating 25 guests for 7 or 10-night dive safaris. Four decks provide ample space for relaxation and dive equipment and camera preparation. The Master crew ensure you receive only the highest quality service on your diving vacation.
French Polynesia Master embarks and disembarks at Rotoava Dock in Fakarava, Quai D’Ohotu in Rangiroa, or at Port Autonome, the waterfront in Papeete, depending on your chosen cruise – check the trip schedules for more information.
What to expect
Both points of embarkation are reached easily by domestic flight from Fa’a’ā International Airport in Papeete, Tahiti.
We recommend that you arrive in French Polynesia one day before cruise departure, so you are well rested before the start of the cruise. There are 6 to 7 flights per week from Tahiti to Fakarava and Rangiroa (depending on the season), which take approximately 1 hour.
Embarkation time in Fakarava is 15.00, in Rangiroa 14.30 and 12.00pm noon in Papeete. Disembarkation at the end of the cruise will be at 9am in Fakarava and Rangiroa, and at 12pm noon when disembarking in Papeete. 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 check-in.
The diving itineraries take you through the Tuamotu Island chain, from Rangiroa to Fakarava, with a choice of 7 or 10-night trips between these two hot spots, as well as a Fakarava-Fakarava 7-night loop which maximises 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. Dives are planned around the optimum tide for each site to ensure the best in pelagic fish action.
Strong currents are to be expected and it is therefore recommended divers have reasonable level of diving experience. 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.
You Should Know
All divers travelling aboard the French Polynesia Master must ensure they are fully covered for all diving accident and emergency situations, including coverage for air evacuation. We also strongly advise comprehensive travel insurance to cover against unforeseeable delays and potential missed flight connections.
Diving regulations within French Polynesia differ slightly from many areas of the world. In connection with this, you will be asked to sign a Diver Agreement upon boarding. There are regular checks by the authorities that these limits are being maintained so guides will be very strict with them. Diving in French Polynesia can be challenging, even for the experienced diver. As such, we recommend a minimum qualification level of Advanced Open Water level with a at least 50 logged dives, preferably with some experience diving in current, and Nitrox certification.
The French Polynesia master offers great diving and a great experience above water – the food (with French and Polynesian influence) is a particular highlight.