This *Special* itinerary which takes you into the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve on a seven-night, eight-day dive trip starting & finishing in Fakarava.We will explore Fakarava Atoll in depth, however, your dive team will also provide for dives at the numerous smaller islands in the area including Toau, Kauehi, Faaite, Niau and Raraka, which make up the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. These islands & atolls, vary greatly in size, shape, population, the activities carried out there, and whether they are open or closed to the ocean. This diversity makes the Commune of Fakarava Biosphere Reserve unique in its composition and characteristics. The Reserve offers a great diversity of landscapes, including coral formations, Phanerogam seagrass beds, ‘Kopara ’ ponds (formed by living cyanobacteria, algae, and bacteria, as well as organic matter resulting from their decomposition), primary forests of ‘Puatea’ (Pisonia grandis), coconut grove & other vegetation typical of the atolls of French Polynesia. In addition to the species inhabiting the coral reefs, the Reserve is home to remarkable flora and fauna including rare, protected and endemic species. To give an example, the Tuamotu Kingfisher or ‘Koteuteu’ is completely endemic to Niau Atoll. You will dive Fakarava atoll in-depth & visit the smaller islands. 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 shallow dive sites within each, with stunning hard corals, sheltering all manner of crustaceans & mollusc. Once finished with diving the four decks, provide ample space for relaxation. Your camera preparation is made easy with large camera tables, and lots of space.A must trip & destination for every underwater photographer.
Dive equipment - Surface Marker Bouy, 12L aluminium dive tank (yoke valves), weights & weight belt - all other equipment is available for hire.
Transfers to and from the airport to the departure marina, on day of embarkation or disembarkation only. (No transfers in Papeete included).
Accommodation based on two people sharing (twin or double cabin) or single use (at surcharge).
Several land excursions are available, this will depend on location & itinerary.
Air-conditioned cabin with en-suite, towels, bathrobe & linen.
Local tax (on booking cost only)
Guided diving (no solo or buddy, non-guided diving allowed due to French regulations).
All meals - breakfast, lunch, dinner + snacks
All Master Fleet yachts provide their guests with a choice of international & local cuisine served in a buffet style in the air-conditioned dining area. The vessel can cater to special dietary requirements (within reason), please inform on booking about your requirements, well in advance. Also, a selection of fresh fruit and some tasty treats are readily available, should you feel peckish in between meal times.
A range of carbonated soft drinks, fruit juices, black, green and herbal teas are available at all times, as well as instant and freshly brewed coffee. Guests may also select beer, wine or spirits from the bar for an additional fee.
No Visas (responsibility of traveller)
Marine Port & Park fees are paid directly on board
NOTE: French Polynesia has strict diving rules;maximum of THREE dives per day;Advanced Divers all have a maximum of 30 metres regardless if a Deep certification is held;no un-guided diving;certification cards must be carried;your guides will be strict as checks are regularly carried out by authorities.You should also have over 50 logged dives due to the conditions.
All rental diving equipment is for hire, no inclusions - BCD, regulator with Occy & pressure gauge, mask, fins, snorkel, dive computer, underwater torch - pre-book possible when booking, payment on board. All Aqualung products - make and model will vary.
No International or domestic flights are included
Crew & Guide gratuities - if you wish to tip you can do so, tips will be divided between crew and dive guides (an envelope will be passed around at the end of the trip, please take cash with you for this).
Any Extra Services which may include but not limited to: onboard calls, laundry,massage, special services
Any Optional Activities which may include but not limited to: Dive Courses, excursions
Satellite Internet/ Wifi is available, pre-book is available or pay on board. Other roaming facilities are not available. (Please be aware that this area is remote and the connection can be affected by the weather)
All alcohol is not included - local beer, wine, spirits & cocktails all at extra cost.
Papeete only: Transfers from the airport to the marina & vice versa, embarkation and disembarkation points, in Papeete, are not included. Make your own way for a 12.00pm afternoon, departing from, Port Autonome, at the waterfront.
Rates and local taxes subject to change.
Travel & Diving Insurance is for the traveller to organize before travel - Your diving insurance is mandatory & must cover all of your scuba diving & snorkelling activities, including the costs for recompression chamber treatment & emergency air evacuation,(must be shown on board).
PADI medical statement will need to be signed, any "yes" answers will need a medical certificate - any medical costs associated are to be covered by the traveller & should be done in your home country as there will not be a local dive doctor available + Master Liability release & express assumption of risk agreement, to be signed.
Marine Park & Port Fees - USD - Tuamoto itinerary's: 7 Nights $70, 10 nights $90, 14 nights $120;Marquesas itinerary - $140; all are per person, per trip, payable on board.
All payment for extra services or optional activities is preferred in cash (USD, then CFP, EUR, AUD), however, if by credit card (Mastercard or Visa) it will incur a 3% surcharge.
27/11/2020 - 04/12/2020
7 nights, 8 days
UNESCO Biosphere Reserve - Fakarava atoll
The yacht offers up to three dives per day including night dives, due to regulations. All dives are guided & you can choose your own buddy on board or one will be allocated to you by the dive crew. Diving will be from the tender, Dive computers & Surface Marker Buoy's (SMB) are both mandatory. 12L (80 cubic ft.) tanks, weight belts & weights are provided. Rental equipment is available on board at an extra cost. All diving onboard should be within the limits and standards of the training agency that certified you. All dives should be planned no-decompression dives.NOTE: French Polynesia has strict diving rules;maximum of THREE dives per day; Advanced Divers all have a maximum of 30 metres regardless if a Deep certification is held; no un-guided diving; certification cards must be carried; your guides will be strict as checks are regularly carried out by authorities. You should also have over 50 logged dives due to the conditions.
The Climate is tropical, but moderate, and very humid. The average temperature sits around 27C(80F)with water temperature ranging from 26C (79F) in the winter (May to October) and 29C (84F) in the summer (November to April). Most guests find that a 3mm shorty are suitable for the water temperature, but for those that feel the cold an extra vest or hood or full wetsuit (if you desire) is recommended. Whatever you feel most comfortable in.
Advanced Open Water & higher