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Dive Review of French Polynesia Master in
French Polynesia/Marquesas

French Polynesia Master: "French Polynesia Master Rocks!", Mar, 2018,

by The SabaWillis, FL, US ( 1 report with 1 Helpful vote). Report 10221 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Most adventurous diving we’ve ever done! Not recommended for the novice diver unless they have good bouyancy control with no arm flailing. It was a blast diving with the horizontal and vertical surge, hammerheads, a Napolean, dragon eels, manta rays, grey marbled rays, unicorns, octopus, black and white tip sharks. There were only 8 divers on this cruise with capacity for 25 divers. Therefore we had our own dive guide for the 2 of us.

Ship is very comfortable but unfortunately was built in China and it showed. Steel used was not the highest marine grade so it showed rust. This did not impact the fun we had on our trip. However, one engine was out of commission for the majority of our trip which meant we could not reach the outer islands that we were planning to going to. Again, this did not impact our fun. The company has provided relief via a credit towards the purchase of future bookings on their fleet of ships worldwide.

Food was plentiful and good. Room was comfortable and staff were fantastic. The 6 other passengers were seasoned travelers who were very relaxed and a pleasure to be around. Each evening, we would gather on the top deck for sunset viewing and happy hours where oftentimes our cruise director provided complimentary drinks to help thwart off the memory of our engine troubles. Unfortunately the cruise director, Mark, was transitioning off the vessel. His replacement, Anya, has some VERY big shoes to fill.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Mexico, Florida, Carribean, Bahamas
Closest Airport Hiva Oa Getting There Los Angeles to Tahiti to Hiva Oa

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, choppy, surge, currents
Water Temp 79-82°F / 26-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility -70 Ft/ -21 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions 3 dives per day max per recent changes to French Polynesia law (possibly due to only 1 hyperbaric chamber in the island chain which was located 750 miles away in Papeete, Tahiti.)
29 meters max (95 ft)
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals N/A Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 5 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Great setup for gear with lots of outlets and locking drawers.
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