The Tuamotu Islands, north of Tahiti in French Polynesia, consist of coral atolls fringed by small islands ("motu"), surrounding large turquoise lagoons protected by outer coral reefs.
Diving here is nothing short of thrilling. French Polynesia is the home of “shooting the pass”, where our boat drops us with a guide on the outer reef and we ride the incoming tide through the channel into the inner lagoon. Along this thrill ride, we may hook in with reef hooks and watch sharks and rays glide past. Of course, regular reef dives featuring colorful fish and hard corals are on offer in between pass dives.
We board our ship on Fakarava, where we begin our diving, and cruise on to Rangiroa and the famous Tiputa Pass. The diving is suitable for intermediate to advanced divers who are comfortable diving from tenders, in current, and with sharks. Open Water divers are limited to 18 meters (60 feet), so plan ahead now and upgrade your certification! Advanced Open Water and Rescue divers may dive as deep as 30 meters. Master Scuba Divers (CMAS 3* equivalent) may dive to 40 meters. All divers will stay with a guide in small groups of five divers to one dive leader.
French Polynesia is not an inexpensive destination, but traveling by liveaboard offers us maximum value and fixed up-front costs. A gay South Pacific cruise, accommodation, meals, and up to twenty dives – all included for one set price.
Come visit the most romantic islands on Earth with us. If the incredible beauty doesn’t make your heart race, the pass dives will!
Our Package Includes:
- 7 nights aboard the French Polynesia Master in air-conditioned double occupancy cabins with private bath
- Limited guest load of just 20 divers, rather than 25
- All meals and between meal snacks
- Non-alcoholic beverages
- 4 dives a day, conditions permitting
- Airport transfers
- Tanks, weights and weight belt
International airfare to Papeete, Tahiti, inter-island airfare to Fakarava, dive gear rental, alcoholic beverages, National Park Fee (US$ 90), fuel surcharge ($175), Nitrox, tips, and items of a personal nature.
United Airlines has recently changed its flight schedule, and we've shifted our trip dates to Saturday to Saturday to accommodate the many guests on this flight. If you are holding a reservation with us and had previously booked the original dates, please contact us for help with rebooking your flights.
Take advantage of the new United Airlines non-stop Dreamliner service from San Francisco (SFO) to Papeete, Tahiti (PPT) on Thursday, November 21. Arrive in the evening, spend two nights in Tahiti, and connect inter-island to Fakarava (FAV) on Air Tahiti at 13:15 on Saturday, November 23. We will board the liveaboard on Fakarava on the afternoon of Saturday, November 23, after 3:30 pm.
Air Tahiti Nui, an American Airlines/OneWorld partner, and Air France, a Delta SkyMiles airline, both fly non-stop from Los Angeles (LAX) to Papeete, Tahiti (PPT).
A new, budget option from SFO is French Bee, departing SFO on Friday, November 22 and returning on Monday, December 2.
From Europe, both Air Tahiti Nui and Air France offer flights originating in Paris with a stop in Los Angeles en route to Papeete.
Other routes originate from Auckland, Tokyo, and Honolulu. E-mail us for free assistance with flights.
From the international airport at Papeete on the island of Tahiti, you'll enjoy a scenic flight with a couple of stops to the island of Fakarava in the Tuamotu archipelago. If your flight to Papeete arrives in the evening, you'll need to arrive a day early to board the inter-island flight at 1 pm on the afternoon of November 24, or come earlier and join a few of us on Fakarava for two or more nights prior to the liveaboard.
We will disembark in Papeete around 11 am on Saturday, November 30. You can depart that evening on United, or stay on the island of Tahiti itself, neighboring Moorea, or even Bora Bora for a couple of days. Air France leaves for LAX on Sunday morning, December 1.
$1000 deposit to hold space. Second deposit of $1000 due at nine months. Third deposit of $1000 due at 180 days. Balance due 120 days prior to departure. Monthly payments can also be arranged - just ask!
How to reserve your space:
We'll place a space on courtesy hold for you and send you a confirmation e-mail.
Complete and return the trip application and waiver from the letter with your deposit by check or credit card.
Make your airline reservations. We're happy to help you find the best flights.
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