French Polynesia Master

  • Nitrox
  • PADI
  • Camera Station
  • Charging Station

The French Polynesia Master is the newest liveaboard to ply the waters of this island archipelago, welcoming aboard 25 guests for 7 or 10 night dive safaris. The four decks provide ample space for relaxation, dive equipment and camera preparation.
Main deck has a spacious indoor salon with aircon and plasma screen for movie and photo viewing as well as numerous charging points and storage.  Dive deck provides individual set up stations, under-bench storage and camera table with a large entry to the rear and two deck heads.
Situated in the heart of the Pacific Ocean, this island archipelago is home to some of the most wondrous dive sites, where hundreds of 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 sharks cruising the reef, hunting on schools of snapper and fusiliers.

Accommodation

  • 1 Standard Cabin

    There are 13 twin/double bed cabins for up to 25 guests. 6 Upper Deck Cabins, 2 Main Deck Cabins and 5 Lower Deck Cabins.  The 2 cabins on the main deck are fixed twin, all other cabins are convertible twin/double. 
    All cabins have ensuite bathroom, wall fan, A/C, storage area, safety box, bathrobes, hairdryer, shower gel, 110 & 220 Volts.

Dining

The cusine is varied with Asian and Western dishes served buffet style throughout the day.
Self service drinks & snacks (coffee, tea, soft drinks, fruit juice, water, snacks and biscuits) are provided free of charge. Wine, beer and spirits are available for purchase.
Vegetarian and Special dietary menu available on request.

Diving

French Polynesia Master offers up to 4 dives per day, 3 day dives and either a sunset or a night dive when the boat is anchored within a lagoon. 
The vessel has 3 large dive tenders and a maximum 5 guests per dive guide.

  • Nitrox 7 Nights Trip 100$
  • Nitrox 10 Nights Trip 150$

Dive Courses

French Polynesia Master do not currently offer any dive training courses.

Equipment Rental For 7 Night Cruise

  • Full set 175$
  • Dive Computer 60$
  • Nautilus Lifeline

Equipment Rental For 10 Night Cruise

  • Full set 225$
  • Dive Computer 80$
  • Nautilus Lifeline

Facilities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Air Conditioned Saloon
  • Sun Deck
  • Shaded Deck Area
  • Dive Deck
  • Camera Rinse Tank
  • Camera Station
  • Charging Station
  • Library

Services

  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Laundry Service
  • Massage
  • Audio & Video Entertainment
  • Land Tours

Activities

The French Polynesia Master is offering year round diving cruises.

Boat Features & Safety Equipment

Build 2016
Length 42.6 meters
Beam 10 meters
Draft 2.4 meters
Cruising Speed 10 knots
Engines 2
Generators 4
Maximum guests 25
Number of cabins 13
Crew 16
Satellite Phone Yes
Safety Equipment life rafts, life jackets, lifebuoys, fire alarm, fire extinguisher, search lights, oxygen, EPIRB
Communication VHF radio, Long Range Single Side Band Radio
Navigation Radar, Magnetic Compass, Depth sounder, GPS
Tenders 3

Cruise Price Includes

Accommodation, based on 2 sharing
All meals and snacks
Drinking water, soft drinks and juices
Up to 4 guided dives per day
12l Aluminium cylinder, weights
Air fills
Deck Towels
Land excursions

Cruise Price Excludes

International and domestic flights
Alcoholc beverages (beer, wine and spirits)
Travel and dive insurance (compulsory)
Scuba equipment rental
15l Tank
Nitrox fills - up to 32%
Nautilus Lifeline Rental
Applicable port, Park and Tax Fee

  • 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 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. 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.

  • Tuamotu Archipelago – French Polynesia Itinerary

    The diving day aboard the French PolynesiaMaster has a typical schedule as follows:
    Light Breakfast followed by a briefing & Dive 1
    Full Breakfast,relaxation period,briefing &Dive 2
    Lunch, relaxation period,briefing & Dive 3
    Snackrelaxation period, briefing & Dive 4,where possible
    Dinner
    The following is a description of the dive sites we mayvisit during your liveaboard safari as the M/V French PolynesiaMastercruises between Papeete(this itinerary startsfrom 27 September 2017onwards), Rangiroa and Fakarava.Wehave included the highlights;however the yacht may also stop at numerous smaller islands along the wayincluding Arutua, Kankura and Niau.On a typical 7-night itinerary we will offer between 18-20 dives, 10-night itineraries up to 30 dives will be possible and 14-night itineraries we provide up to 42 dives.When leaving from/going to Papeete Harbour, this includes an overnight sail.
    RangiroaIsland
    Tiputa Pass -Dropping in at the outer edge divers can hook in to the reef wall and watch the amazing shark display. Hammerheads, tiger sharkand huge schools of grey reef shark are the main draw. Drift on the incoming tide throughThe Canyons, where schools of big eyes hang out and mantas can be seen hanging in the cross current. End the dive atShark 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 reeffish 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 sharksin season. Typically divers can see large numbers of marbled grouper and many anemones with resident clown fish.
    Avaturo Pass -Strongcurrents are to be expected but bring forth a wide range of pelagic species from reef sharks to tuna and the occasional sailfish.
    ApatakiIsland
    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, whilstnumerous eagle rays are frequently sighted.
    ToauIsland
    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.
    FakaravaNorth
    Garaue Pass–The northernmost channel ofFakarava 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 nudibranchsand 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 –Thisshallow site is perfectfor an afternoon dive where schoolsof snapper, black tip reef sharks and Napoleon wrasse are commonwith a stunning atmosphere for photography.
    Guests taking our 10-night itineraries will also have the option to dive the following areas:
    Fakarava South
    Tumakohua –The southern pass of Fakarava is just as dramatic as the north, though only 200m across, it can be dived with both incomingand 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 andleopard whiprays are also frequently seen.
    Tikehau Island
    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 providingpredictable 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.
    Kauehi Island
    Outer Wall –The sloping outerwall 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.
    Important information about diving in French Polynesia
    This itinerary involves some long distance travel and whilst we attempt to ensure the number of dives we have scheduled is fulfilled, bad weather can hinder the boat’s ability to reach a specified dive site in good time. Many islands require the yacht to move within the atoll for safe overnight anchorage. Your cruise director and captain will therefore plan the best route for entry to the atolls and to hit the channel currents at the optimum time for diving.We wish to show you the very best diving possibleyetthe safety of all on board remains paramount. In the unlikely event we are unable to reach a specified dive site;we always do our best in offering diving at alternativelocations.
    Diving in French Polynesiacan be challenging, even for the experienced diver. At many sites currents can be strongand whilst visibility is typically 20m+ it maydiminish due to an influx of nutrients. Due to the strength of currents, diving at night is not always an option. We will offer 4 day dives, yet the 4thday divemay be substituted for a night dive where suitable.
    Diving regulations within French Polynesia differ slightly from many areas of the world. Please note that Open Water and Advanced Open Water divers (or equivalent) are limited to 30m maximum, regardlessof whether you carry the Deep Diver Speciality. Rescue Divers and above are permitted beyond 30m to a maximum of 40m. Please note that there are regular checks by the authorities that these limits are being maintained so our guides will be very strict with them.
    Water temperaturerangesfrom 24-28°C(75-82°F) with June-October being the coldest months. For most guests a 3mm longwetsuit will be sufficient, however those who feel the cold  easily may wish to bring thicker exposure protection.
    Should you have any questions or queries concerning the dive sites or whether this itinerary is suitable for your experience level, please contact our reservations team who will be pleased to assist and advise you.

  • FRENCH POLYNESIA MASTER - FAKARAVA AND THE UNESCO BIOSPHERE RESERVE

    The diving day aboard the French Polynesia Master has a typical schedule as follows:-
    Light Breakfast followed by a briefing & Dive 1
    Full Breakfast, relaxation period, briefing & Dive 2
    Lunch, relaxation period, briefing & Dive 3
    Snack relaxation period, briefing & Dive 4, where possible
    Dinner
    You will dive Fakarava Island in depth, however your dive team will also provide for dives at the numerous smaller islands along the way including Toau, Kauehi, Faaite, Niau and Raraka, which make up the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. On a typical 7-night itinerary we will offer between 18-20 dives. The following is a description of the dive sites we may visit during your 7-night liveaboard safari aboard the M/V French Polynesia Master.

    FAKARAVA ISLAND
    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 large schools of paddletail snapper and barracuda form. 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 ingoing 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.

    TOAU ISLAND
    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.

    KAUEHI ISLAND
    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 too.

    Important information about diving in French Polynesia
    This itinerary involves some long distance travel and whilst we attempt to ensure the number of dives we have scheduled is fulfilled, bad weather can hinder the boat’s ability to reach a specified dive site in good time. Many islands require the yacht to move within the atoll for safe overnight anchorage. Your cruise director and Captain will therefore plan the best route for entry to the atolls and to hit the channel currents at the optimum time for diving. We wish to show you the very best diving possible yet the safety of all on board remains paramount. In the unlikely event we are unable to reach a specified dive site; we always do our best in offering diving at alternative locations.
    Diving in French Polynesia can be challenging, even for the experienced diver. At many sites currents can be strong and whilst visibility is typically 20m+ it may diminish due to an influx of nutrients. Due to the strength of currents, diving at night is not always an option. We will offer 4 day dives, yet the 4th day dive may be substituted for a night dive where suitable.
    Water temperature ranges from 24-28°C (75-82°F) with June-October being the coldest months. For most guests a 3mm long wetsuit will be sufficient, however those who feel the cold easily may wish to bring thicker exposure protection.
    Should you have any questions or queries concerning the dive sites or whether this itinerary is suitable for your experience level, please contact our reservations team who will be pleased to assist and advise you.
  • FRENCH POLYNESIA MASTER - MARQUESAS ISLANDS

    The following is a description of the dive sites you may visit during your liveaboard safari as M/V French Polynesia Master cruises around the Marquesas Islands. You will be shown the very best of the islands, however there is also an exploratory element to this itinerary as well so this will likely include sites that are little known or being dived for the very first time.
    Every attempt will be made to ensure that the number of dives scheduled is fulfilled, however, bad weather can hinder the yacht’s ability to reach a specified dive site in good time. The safety of all on board is paramount and the team will always do their best to offering diving at alternate locations should they be unable to visit those sites listed below.
    Your Cruise Director will schedule up to 4 dives per day; 3 day dives and either a sunset or a night dive.

    The diving day has a typical schedule as follows:
    Light Breakfast followed by a briefing and Dive 1
    Full Breakfast, relaxation followed by briefing andDive 2
    Lunch, relaxation followed by briefing andDive 3
    Snack
    Briefing for Sunset or Night dive
    Dinner
    For your final full day aboard we schedule 2 morning dives to allow plenty of time for off - gassing before disembarkation the following morning and your flight home. The Cruise Director is happy to listen to requests from guests to visit or remain at certain sites and providing it is possible and the schedule allows, then guest’s requests are respected.

    The Hammerhead Sentinel
    Named for the Scalloped Hammerheads that can be spotted here, this site offers a quandary for the photographer. Whilst there is always the chance of Hammerheads, as well as Grey Reef and other shark species, the macro life here is amazing too! Multiple dives will offer the chance to break out your lens collection to see dragon eels, boxer crabs and various Nudibranchs.
    Melonheaded Whales
    A must see for both divers and snorkelers alike, as long as there are calm seas. Though they can be seen elsewhere, this site on the east of Nuku Hiva is one of the best spots for seeing Melon headed Whales (closely related to the pygmy killer whale). These playful and curious mammals leap in the surf and don’t take too much encouragement to investigate those in the water.
    Matateiko Point
    This rocky outcropping is on the western portion of Nuku Hiva. The wall drops away steeply from the island here and offers an abundance of masked morays, dragon eels and more. Manta rays are often seen here as well as the occasional shark cruising the reef.
    Motumano Point
    Exposed to open sea currents, this site acts as magnet for large pelagic. Several species, in particular Hammerheads and White Tip Reef Sharks, come here along with schools of Trevally and Barracuda to hunt on the schools of Red and Black Snapper. There is also a great chance for Manta here in the currents!
    Tikapo Rock
    Spectacular before even jumping in the water, this is a perfect place for spotting both pelagic and reef species in large active numbers.
    Currents can be strong here but you are rewarded with schools of Trevallies, Unicorn Fish and Barracuda. There are also often groups of Eagle Rays as well as a plethora of reef species and White Tip Reef Sharks cruising.
    Ekamako Cave
    A large cave, with two chambers awaits here with not only groups of Stingrays and Giant Lobsters, but also interesting natural phenomena. There is a vertical tube filled with fresh water from above, as well as a large air pocket, large enough to take a break and have a quick chat before continuing.
    Dulcinea Dulcinea is a rocky sea mount that just brushes the surface in a protected bay. While the site is often covered with Snapper, Urchins, Lobesters and other Crustaceans there is a large tunnel joining the two sides of the site that should be investigated, if only for the huge groups of Soldier Fish waiting at each entrance.
    Clark Bank
    The top of this large sea mount is at only 9m, thought he walls below drop away beyond 1500m so as you can imagine, this site boasts plenty of Sharks, Barracuda, Tuna and even passing Mantas. All covered with healthy hard corals.
    Loson Bank
    Another open sea shoal, far to the west of Clark Bank, Loson tops out at 17m before dropping away to depths of more than 1000m.
    Again, you can expect lots of pelagic action in the big open blue!
    Fatu Hiva Island
    Something a little more sedate after the high energy current and pinnacle diving,
    Fatu Hiva has some spectacular scenery, both above and below the water. The towering spires that encircle Hanavava Bay drop steeply into the water below leading to a rocky reef that is abundant with anemones, three - spot damsels, cowries and eels.
    Ua Huka Island
    Beginning with a rocky substrate, the bottom here transforms into sand in deeper water. Mantas are frequent visitors to this site and while you wait, on the sandy bottom, shrimp gobies stand guard as their blind shrimp companions diligently keep their hideaways clean.
    Important information about diving in French Polynesia
    This itinerary involves some long distance travel and whilst we attempt to ensure the number of dives we have scheduled is fulfilled, bad weather can hinder the boat’s ability to reach a specified dive site in good time. Many islands require the yacht to move within the atoll for safe overnight anchorage. Your cruise director and captain will therefore plan the best route for entry to the atolls and to hit the channel currents at the optimum time for diving.
    We wish to show you the very best diving possible yet the safety of all on board remains paramount. In the unlikely event we are unable to reach a specified dive site; we always do our best in offering diving at alternative locations.
    Diving in French Polynesia can be challenging, even for the experienced diver. At many sites currents can be strong and whilst visibility is typically 20m+ it may diminish due to an influx of nutrients. Due to the strength of currents, diving at night is not always an option. We will offer 4 day dives, but the fourth day dive may be substituted for a night dive where suitable.
    Water temperature in French Polynesia ranges from 24-28°C (75-82°F) with June-October being the coldest months, however there can be regional thermoclines and fluctuations. For most guests a 3mm long wetsuit will be sufficient, however those who feel the cold easily may wish to bring thicker exposure protection.

    Should you have any questions or queries concerning the dive sites or whether this itinerary is suitable for your experience level, please contact our team who will be pleased to assist and advise you.