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Dive Review of French Polynesia Master Liveaboard in
French Polynesia/Tuamotu Archipelago

French Polynesia Master Liveaboard: "10 Days Diving The Tuamotu Archipelago", Nov, 2017,

by SY, London, GB ( 2 reports with 6 Helpful votes). Report 9966 has 4 Helpful votes.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Oct 2017: Tuamotu Archipelago, French Polynesia
June 2017: Cayman Islands
Mar 2017: Southern Red Sea
Jul 2016: Malpelos
Feb 2016: Maldives
there's more globally but it'll just go on and on..
Closest Airport Papeete, Tahiti Getting There London (Air NZ) to LAX; LAX (Air Tahiti) to Tahiti. Fakarava internal flight back to Tahiti post liveaboard trip. No difficulties with international flights or internal flight but spaces on internal flight can be limited and no flights out on Thurs from Fakarava with min 2 night stay

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy, dry Seas choppy, currents, no currents
Water Temp 25 to 27 Celsius Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 10 to 25 Meters

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Depth was limited to 29 metres and apparently dive guides are legally liable if authorities (who do check the logs) find breaches in dive profile. All guides are led. As long as withing sight of guide, own profile could be managed within reason.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments large fresh water rinse tanks. Dedicated camera area with air hose. Lots of power points which incorporated USB sockets. Lots of drawer storage in camera area and inside saloon. ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 2 stars
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Comments I put this trip together c. 5 weeks before departure and needed to ensure availability of international and internal flight in order to make my dates - this was all successful.

Brand name hotel accommodation in Tahiti is expensive and can be limited - with such short notice it was touch and go in finding reasonable priced accommodation. I arrived in Tahiti a day early and stayed at a very acceptable B&B about 15 minutes walk from Papeete centre. Post liveaboard, I returned to Tahiti for a few days on land (undertook a few land excurisons - one of which takes you into the mountains for the day) and stayed at hotel which though well appointed was rather pricey and not convenient for getting into Papeete. Note: Tahiti is relatively expensive - hotel dinner c.£70 for 3 courses, a pizza at a food truck c.£20. Private transfer c.£15-20 for a short journey - best to book a private transfer as taxis are more expensive or hire a car.

Given the time of year I went, I could have undertaken a shore based dive to see tiger sharks and also gone whale watching but given my short trip prep timesca ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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