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Diving in French Polynesia

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French Polynesia

French Polynesia, surrounded by white sand beaches and situated in the heart of the Pacific Ocean, hides under its pristine waters one of the most amazing diving experiences that will captivate even the most blasé of divers. Hammerhead sharks, tiger sharks, mantas, dolphins, huge schools of fish and, for the very lucky ones, humpback whales.

If you wish to see more specific pelagics, book your trip according to the following dates:

  • June: Grouper spawning season
  • June to October: Manta season
  • July to November: Humpback whale season
  • December to March: Hammerhead and eagle ray season

Master Liveaboards, brought to you by Worldwide Dive and Sail (owners and operators of the Siren Fleet), will launch this year the French Polynesia Master. Built of steel and with a cruising speed of 11 knots, she welcomes aboard 25 guests for 7 or 10 night dive safaris diving between Fakarava and Rangiroa in the Tuamotu Archipelago. Providing diving for groups of no more than 5 divers, her 4 decks provide ample space for relaxation as well as dive equipment and camera preparation, whilst her experienced crew members ensure you receive only the highest quality service on your diving holiday.

©Aaron Wong - French Polynesia (2)

To plan your next diving holiday in French Polynesia, contact Master Liveaboards. Don´t think for too long though, French Polynesia Master will be the only liveaboard in the region and has already caused a lot of interest among the diving community since her launch – so don’t delay, contact the team today.

Either before or after your French Polynesia Master trip, why don’t you join one, or both, of their exceptional proposed excursions in conjunction with an experienced local tour operator that has been operating in the area for 14 years?

Diving with Tiger sharks

Dive not only with tiger sharks but also with nurse sharks, black tip reef sharks, grey reef sharks, white tip sharks and lemon sharks.

Your day will start at 8:30 am with a talk about shark behavior and conservation, the shark feeding practice and how to observe sharks in French Polynesia. Then you will go for a 2 dive day trip with 2 experienced dive guides in a small group of up to 12 divers.

Snorkeling with Humpback Whales

If what increases your adrenaline is to be with the biggest mammal on earth, then this excursion is right for you.

Every year, beginning in June and ending in December, female humpback whales head to Tahiti to deliver their calves in the comfort of the warm waters of French Polynesia. At the same time, other adults come to find a new mate among the increased numbers of animals in the area while sheltered from their natural offshore predators.

There are only a few places in the world where we can still swim with these amazing animals, so don’t miss this chance while you are in French Polynesia.

It consists of a half day trip observing and snorkeling with humpback whales.

*Available only from August to mid-November.

©Aaron Wong - French Polynesia (3)

For further information on both excursions, contact the Master Liveaboards reservations team.These are two days out that the whole Worldwide Dive and Sail team highly recommends you!

Website: www.masterliveaboards.com/french_polynesia

Email: bookings@masterliveaboards.com

Photos: Aaron Wong

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Crossover to NAUI for FREE!

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As a boost to help the diving industry, NAUI are still offering a FREE Instructor cross-over course together with five free certifications to all Instructors. This can include Open Water, Advance, Rescue, Nitrox and various other specialities and can be mixed and matched so all five do not necessarily need to be for the same certification.

NAUI have also frozen the membership fees for 2021 for instructors crossing over or restarting.

NAUI’s Southern UK Rep Simon Lodge says: “Throughout this year, the diving industry has severely suffered so as a result, to help kickstart the diving industry NAUI will not be charging membership fees 2020/2021 to any new instructors.” 

Founded in 1960, NAUI Worldwide is one of the scuba industry’s largest not-for-profit agencies whose purpose is to enable people to enjoy underwater activities as safely as possible by providing the highest quality practical education, and to actively promote the preservation and protection of the world’s underwater environments. As a pioneer in diving education, NAUI has developed many of the programs and concepts accepted throughout the diving industry. NAUI: A Higher Standard!

For more details please contact Simon Lodge (Southern UK Rep) on simon@europe.naui.org or Craig Warner (Northern UK Rep) on cwarner@europe.naui.org.

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The Philippines wins World’s Top Dive Destination Award!

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Congratulations to the Philippines for being recognised as the World’s Leading Dive Destination at the 27th World Travel Awards!

The World Travel Awards serves to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the global travel and tourism industry.

Read more about diving in the Philippines in our latest publication Philippines Dive Adventures.

The magazine is a guide to the best diving in the Philippines. It features: Anilao, Bohol, Cebu, Dauin, Puerto Galera, Tubbataha and much more…

With 7,641 islands, the Philippines has it all! Let the Dive Travel Adventures and Scubaverse Media Team take you on an incredible tour above and below water in the World’s Leading Dive Destination – download your FREE copy here!


To find out more about visiting the Philippines visit the Department of Tourism website by clicking here.

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