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Dive Review of Master Liveabaord in
French Polynesia

Master Liveabaord: "French Polynesia Master Liveaboard ; Look before you Leap", Jul, 2018,

by MAX WEINMANN, GA, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 7 reports with 12 Helpful votes). Report 10388 has 7 Helpful votes.

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 3 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 1 stars
Advanced For Subscribers Only
For most of us,diving in the Tuomoto Islands is a bucket list destination.I know it was for me, having planned and hoped about this for around 2 years, especially after seeing the Blue Planet scenes of the grouper spawning and wall of sharks. And so it was with tremendous expectations and excitement that I arrived to finally board the French Polynesia Master Liveaboard.

There were about 20 passengers in all; the majority already familiar with the photographer leader of the trip, Michael Aw, who had chartered the vessel especially to experience the grouper spawning.

Despite being led to believe the vessel was new, it had in fact undergone many refits. Nevertheless, the cabins were spacious and pleasant, but the design left it awkward overall having to navigate through doors opening into corridors leading to inevitable accidents and knocks that were avoidable. There was a spacious sun deck which was a pleasure to experience and unwind from the days diving. Some cabins opened directly into the eating area and so experienced a great deal of noise.

The crew were pleasant and helpful and the captain is an experienced man who is very accommodating.

The food was below expectations. For some reason, the lead photogra ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving New Guinea, GBR, Sea of Cortez, Fiji, Vanuatu, Australia, Palau
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, cloudy, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 80-85°F / 27-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60-80 Ft/ 18-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Divers were restricted according to experience/qualifications. Master diver and beyond were allowed to 30 meters, while more junior divers only 20 meters
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
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 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments Great subject matter, but it's meaningless if you don't get to see it as the guides are limited in knowledge and apparent ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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Subscriber's Comments

By Sean Bradyin NY, US at Mar 10, 2019 15:10 EST  
Thank you for such a clear and frank review. By lead do you mean the photographer who chartered the boat, or the lead dive master from Master? I just scheduled our trip to Tahiti and am building from others experiences to plan out itinerary.
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