M/V French Polynesia Master
Liveaboard At A Glance
Situated in the heart of the Pacific Ocean, French Polynesia is a spectacularly beautiful island archipelago that boasts world class dive sites with healthy reef systems and an abundance of wildlife.
The M/V French Polynesia Master is the newest liveaboard in the Master fleet and has been built to provide the highest levels of comfort and safety for up to 25 guests.
There are a number of 7 and 10 night trips to choose from all year round each offering something different.
Often described as 'Galapagos on steroids', French Polynesia offers great diversity for experienced divers - with lagoons, ocean drop-offs, high octane drifts, 'hook in and watch' dives, walls, channels, beautiful coral reefs and manta cleaning stations. This area is famous for 'big stuff' with lots of shark activity – hammerheads, tigers, grey reef, black tip, white tip, silky and oceanic white tips. Add to this the beautiful coral gardens alive with reef fish and all manner of small creatures and you have yourself a top class dive destination!
Images © Aaron Wong and Brad Holland 2014
This brand new vessel has been built to the highest comfort and safety specifications for up to 25 guests across 11 Twin/Double cabins and 2 Double cabins.
Guests have a choice between lower deck and upper deck cabins, each with en-suite and individual air conditioning units.
The sun deck offers a fantastic vantage point, where you can sit back, relax and take in the beautful scenery. The communal areas are ideal for relaxation and are split between the middle and upper decks, comprising a spacious indoor lounge area, camera stations and guest storage drawers with comfortable bench seating and plasma screen. There is an extra shaded outdoor lounging area to the rear of the upper deck with more comfortable seating.
Guests will have individual diving set up stations at the rear of the main deck where there are also rinse tanks, showers and a camera table.
A typical day comprises of 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.
7 night itineraries provide for between 18-20 dives (depending on weather conditions), whilst during our 10 night itineraries provide up to 30 dives (depending on weather conditions).
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 Papeete to Fakarava, with a choice of 7 or 10 night safaris between these two hot spots. 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.
Diving is at the rear of the upper deck in a dedicated shaded outdoor seating area. Dive equipment is set up and stored on the rear of the main deck. All guests are allocated an individual set up station, with under bench storage for masks, fins and other personal items. A camera table can be used to store prepared equipment ahead of the dive, with dedicated rinse tanks provided. Divers can take advantage of the on deck shower hoses or use the port side deck heads to rinse off between dives.There are 10 Twin/Double cabins and 2 Double cabins on 3 decks, all with manual air conditioning
Society Islands: Humpback whale season in July-Oct.
Rangiroa: Nov-Feb is hammerhead season and September is the best time to see mantas.
Fakarava: June-July is the best time to see huge schools of groupers.
Tikehau: July -Dec is the best time for mantas.
Manihi: June/July is grouper mating season & June-Dec the best time for mantas
Nuku Hiva: Home to the pygmy orca. *The best time to see them is January-April. *The best time for hammerheads is June-Nov.
Schedule & Itinerary
M/V French Polynesia Master operates 7 and 10 night trips in the Tuamotu Archipelago, Fakarava & UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and Marquesas
All trips depart on a Wednesday from Papeete or Fakarava
M/V French Polynesia Master operates out of Papeete on Tahiti and Fakarava and the crew will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to the boat upon arrival.
Flights into Fakarava are from Papeete, therefore we usually recommend an overnight stay in Papeete on the outbound journey.
For those wishing to extend their holiday and stay on a resort in French Polynesia or spend time in the USA, we can arrange accommodation and recommend tours and excursions.
Depart the UK, arrive Papeete in the evening and overnight
Depart Papeete, arrive Fakarava and board the M/V Polynesia Master for 10 nights
4 Dives per full day with the occasional night dive
Fakaraya to Papeete 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.
On Day 11 disembarkation will be in the morning from Papeete Harbour.
Depart Papeete via Los Angeles to arrive in the UK in the morning
10 nights on the M/V French Polynesia Master from £4195 per person based on twin share
Price is for boat only, all diving on 12 ltr tanks with weights, full board basis (incl water & tea/coffee)
Land excursions are included in your cruise free of charge and the following are available for an additional fee:
– Full dive equipment rental ( from US$22.50 per dive day)
– Nitrox (US$100-150)
– Alcoholic beverages (prices vary, with beer starting at US$2)
– Satellite internet
– Master Liveaboards merchandise (prices vary)