Project Shark: French Polynesia (10 nights)
- 14 Apr 20
- 11 days / 10 nights approx 30 dives
- 24 Apr 20
The M/V French Polynesia Master is the newest vessel in the Master fleet. She welcomes a total of 25 divers on each liveaboard trip, maximizing safety and comfort for all guests on board. Both 7 and 10 night diving safaris are offered on board...
Project Shark is back! After the huge success we had with Project Shark: Galapagos, we have decided to launch Project Shark in French Polynesia.
The aim of Project Shark: French Polynesia is to highlight the global issues facing sharks, with a French Polynesian focus, as well as enjoying some of the most exciting dive sites French Polynesia has to offer.
The week will involve some fantastic diving with a chance to learn about the biology and behaviour of sharks and enjoy close encounters with a range of shark species’ in French Polynesia. You will be joined on board for the duration of the safari by our experienced blue o two Project Shark trip host, Dr Elke Bojanowski.
The week will offer the opportunity to:
- Learn about the biology and behaviour of sharks in French Polynesia
- Learn and develop skills in marine biological studies; collecting data and species identification
- Learn about globally endangered marine species and what we can do as divers to ensure their protection
- Enjoy fantastic diving on some of the most unique dive sites in the world
- Experience potential close encounters with a range of different species of sharks including oceanic blacktips, silvertips, tiger, silky, whitetip reef shark, blacktip reef shark, grey reef shark and scalloped hammerhead sharks.
Project Shark is delivered by our resident marine biologist Elke Bojanowski Ph.D, who will conduct seminars giving divers the opportunity to gain a better understanding of the biology and behaviour of sharks. There will also be a chance to learn about globally endangered marine species and what as divers we can do to aid their protection.
Founder of the 'Red Sea Sharks Trust', experienced dive guide and marine biologist, Dr. Elke Bojanowski began the Longimanus Project in October 2004 and ever since she has been actively collecting underwater photographs and video-clips of oceanic whitetip sharks for catalogue, review and analysis. Since 2012 the project has expanded to become Red Sea Sharks (www.redseasharks.org) and increased its scope to include grey reef and silky shark catalogues and monitoring for many shark species.
Why join this itinerary?
Encounters with endangered species allows divers to add a greater purpose to their French Polynesia holiday, so anyone who has an active interest in the preservation of the marine environment and its inhabitants would enjoy this itinerary. However, it is important to bear in mind that as well as learning from experts about marine bio-studies within French Polynesia, divers will enjoy exciting diving with possible encounters of some of the largest pelagic animals on the planet. The Project Shark: French Polynesia itinerary provides divers with an unparalleled opportunity to study the marine life's natural behaviour and aid future conservation efforts in support of marine conservation projects.
Diving in French Polynesia can be challenging, even for the experienced diver, primarily due to the currents. We recommend being qualified as PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or equivalent and have a minimum of 50 logged dives, preferably with some experience diving in currents, and Nitrox certified. French Polynesia also has more stringent scuba diving regulations to which we must adhere, pertaining to depth limits, number of dives per day and unguided diving. If you have any questions, please contact our dive travel team for more information.
The Tuamoto Archipelago of French Polynesia are a true diving paradise. Enjoy drift diving through the passes that support a flourishing marine environment, where oceanic blacktips and whitetip are frequently spotted. If divers are very lucky, they might even encounter humpback whales underwater, during the whales’ seasonal visits between July and October
Your scuba diving holiday in French Polynesia will leave you with unforgettable memories and breath-taking experiences. It is undoubtedly one of the top diving destinations around the world and even the most widely travelled divers can encounter something they have not seen before.
The following is a description of the dive sites we may visit during your liveaboard safari as M/V French Polynesia Master cruises between Rangiroa and Fakarava. We have included the highlights below, however the vessel may stop at numerous smaller islands along the way including Arutua, Kankura and Niau. On a typical 10-night itinerary we will offer up to 30 dives with a maximum of 3 dives per day (inclusive of any night dives).
The itinerary below is an example of the planned route and dive sites cannot be guaranteed. All dives sites are subject to weather conditions and the final route taken is at the absolute discretion of the captain and dive guides. Adverse weather can affect this route which includes several overnight sailings.
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