French Polynesia Master

The newest liveaboard in French Polynesia, the French Polynesia Master,  offers  13 en suite cabins with a/c and hot water. Common areas include a spacious indoor salon and an outdoor dining area as well as a shaded outdoor relaxation area and a sun deck with 2 Jacuzzis. The dive deck provides individual set up stations and under bench storage.

The underwater photographers will find all what they need on board: a large rinse tank, an ample camera station with many charging points and storage space. As for the rest of Worldwide Dive and Sail yachts, you are treated to hot drinks, warm towels and snacks after each dive!

Divers may choose between lower deck and upper deck cabins, each with en-suite and individual air conditioning units. Communal relaxation areas are split between the middle and upper decks; comprising a spacious indoor lounge area, camera set up station and guest storage drawers, with pillowed bench seating and a plasma screen. There is an extra shaded outdoor lounging area to the rear of the upper deck with more cozy seating. Finally, there is a sun deck on the upper level with comfortable lounge chairs from where you can unwind and soak up the stunning views of the French Polynesian islands.

Dive equipment is set up and stored at the rear of the main deck in a dedicated shaded outdoor area. 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 rinsing tanks provided. Divers can make use of the shower hoses on deck or rinse off between dives with the port side deck heads.

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. You may also take the opportunity to visit the islands and walk upon the pristine beaches. The diving itineraries take you through the Tuamotu Island chain, from Rangiroa to Fakarava, with a choice of 7 or 10 night safaris between these two hot spots, as well as a Fakarava-Fakarava 7-night loop which maximizes the time spent in this UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

Getting there and away… The French Polynesia Master embarks and disembarks at either Fakarava Airport or Quai D’Ohotu in Rangiroa depending on your chosen cruise. Take your international flight into and out of Fa’a’ā International Airport in Papeete, Tahiti and, if possible, try to arrive in French Polynesia 1 day before cruise departure so you are well rested before the start of the cruise. There are 6-7 flights per week between Tahiti and both Fakarava and Rangiroa (depending on the season), which are only around 1 hour in duration.

Please note the following itinerary update per 27 September 2017:

Instead of Rangiroa, embarkation or disembarkation point will be: Papeete Harbour in Papeete, Tahiti.

Disembarkation at the end of the cruise will be just before 10am. If you are not remaining in French Polynesia for additional nights after your cruise, please allow plenty of time for the transfer to the airport and for check-in.

On arrival… French Polynesia is a set of islands that is an overseas country attached to France located in the South Pacific Ocean. Passport holders of the European Union, Andorra, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Monaco and Norway only need a valid passport for entry. Passport holders of most Western and Asian countries are exempt from visa requirements for stays of up to 90 days, however, we always advise our guests to check for updates and changes with their nearest French embassy. Please make sure that your passport has validity of at least 3-6 months depending on nationality beyond the period you intend to stay in French Polynesia. If you are travelling with medication please ensure to bring your physician‟s prescription with you

Staying there… The local currency in French Polynesia is the French Pacific Franc (CFP or XPF). You can exchange Euros or US Dollars against a commission at the exchange office located outside the arrival hall of Papeete international airport or at exchange offices on the main islands (Tahiti, Bora Bora and Moorea). Banks do not exchange money. Large international chain hotels, however, will provide this service against a commission and most of the main islands will have several working ATM machines in case you want to withdraw cash.
Most of the remote atolls (Tuamotu, the Austral and Gambier group, etc.) have no banking facilities, no exchange services and have very few ATMs. They also rarely accept credit/debit card payments and cash payments in other currency than CFP. Therefore, we recommend bringing cash USD or Euro and changing at the airport to cash CFP or alternatively withdraw the cash you may need for your stay in the remote islands when possible. In Tuamotu, exchange facilities are rare and hotels, pensions, restaurants and shops will accept cash CFP only.

Climate and weather… Climate in French Polynesia is tropical, but moderate. Very humid. The average ambient temperature is 27°C (80°F). Summer is from November through April, with a warmer and more humid climate and winter is from May through October, when the climate is slightly cooler and drier

Time zone… The local time is 10 hours behind UTC (GMT).

Health… In French Polynesia, medical care is generally very satisfactory and medical infrastructure is comparable to what you would find in most developed countries. The most modern facilities are located in Tahiti and mostly concentrated in Papeete


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