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The Aquatiki III is a 20-meter (67-foot) catamaran which sleeps 10 guests in 5 modern cabins. She dives Fakarava, the Tuamotus, Marquesas & can offer special itineraries for charters.
A word from Dom : "I've long been a fan of the lovely catamaran, Aquatiki II, as a splendid way to sail, relax and dive the Tuamotus with a small group, really making the most of French Polynesia's enchantment. The owners are genuine experts in this region, their food is fantastic and they know where to take you for the best underwater experiences. This latest sweetheart, Aquatiki III, is newer, roomier, light, inviting & luxurious. If you're thinking of French Polynesia, I'd definitely suggest that you think "catamaran" !" ..... Dominick Macan
2 VIP lower deck DOUBLE cabins 2 -3 dives per day are the norm accommodation & diving international & domestic airfare
large double bed, TV, DVD, sound system & with picture window
2 lower deck DOUBLE/TWIN cabins
1 large double bed or 2 twin beds & window
1 lower deck TWIN cabin
2 twin beds (bunk style) & window
All cabins have an ensuite bathroom, air conditioning and an individual hi-fi system.
no night diving
12L & 15L aluminum tanks
(DIN & INT valves)
water temperature: 78 - 82F, 25 - 28C ... 3mm wetsuit recommended
meals, snacks & water
compressed air, tanks, weights & weight belts
kayaking, fishing, snorkelling
sodas, juices, mineral water
nitrox (for decompression stops only)
rental equipment & dive courses
2 VIP lower deck DOUBLE cabins
2 -3 dives per day are the norm
accommodation & diving
international & domestic airfare
The gorgeous new Aquatiki III is set to become the shining star of dive liveaboards in French Polynesia. New, sleek and sturdy, she's spacious and offers traditional catamaran comforts. The covered sun deck at the top is roughly as wide as it is long and features skylights to ensure plenty of light illuminating this lovely salon area . For serious sun worshipers, you'll have the trampolines on the main deck and a seating area located just behind the trampolines in front of the large interior salon & dining area. In the salon, you'll find a video corner, library and cocktail bar. At the stern end of this deck is more exterior living space as well as the dive set up. The 5 roomy cabins are all located on the lower level.
The meals consist mainly of fresh fish and rice as fresh fruits and vegetables in this region are very limited. The fish is often quick cooked on the plancha. Your hostess is a trained chef and will cook up succulent & inventive local recipes. Bread, brioches, pancakes, yogurts are all “home” prepared on board. Table water and lemonade are freely available throughout the day, however, drinks (sodas, mineral water, alcohol, …) are extra.
LAYOUT & SPECS
Length Overall: 63.4 foot / 19.49 meters
Beam: 32.3 foot / 9.84 meters
Draft: 5.58 foot / 1.7 meters
Displacement: 35 Tonnes - unloaded
Sail area: 230 m2
1 or 2 Dive instructors (depending on the group)
2 x engines 150 HP
1000 liter diesel
220V continuous with individual 220V outlets
water 800 liters reserve
2 x desalinators of 190 liters / hour
autopilot, GPS, BLU, VHF
computer navigation center
standard C weather
wireless internet (variable)
Aquatiki III sails the most idyllic areas of French Polynesia. Her 8, 10 and 14-night itineraries will show you the best of Fakarava & the Tuamotus. It's also possible to arrange private charters to the Marquesas. MARQUESAS: (private charter only) As there are a handful of dive cruises per year in this region, so you'll find yourselves virtually alone with magnificent mantas, some measuring up to 16 feet across. You'll also see eagle rays, scalloped hammerheads, silky sharks, grey reef sharks, white tip & black tip reef sharks .... even the occasional tiger shark. In addition to the sharks, you find kingfish, tuna, napoleons, dolphins and swordfish. To top it off, not far from Nuku Hiva resides a colony of several hundred Pygmy killer whales and the rarely seen melonheaded whales.
MARQUESAS: (private charter only) As there are a handful of dive cruises per year in this region, so you'll find yourselves virtually alone with magnificent mantas, some measuring up to 16 feet across. You'll also see eagle rays, scalloped hammerheads, silky sharks, grey reef sharks, white tip & black tip reef sharks .... even the occasional tiger shark. In addition to the sharks, you find kingfish, tuna, napoleons, dolphins and swordfish. To top it off, not far from Nuku Hiva resides a colony of several hundred Pygmy killer whales and the rarely seen melonheaded whales.
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Take your international flight into and out of Fa’a’ International Airport in Papeete, Tahiti. Aquatiki II embarks and disembarks at Rotoava Dock in Fakarava. Air Tahiti offers 5 weekly flights from Papeete (flight time 65 minutes) to Fakarava. The crew of the Aquatiki II will meet & greet you at Fakarava airport and escort you to the boat, where you'll settle in and enjoy a welcome party the first evening. You'll leave port early the next morning and your first dive is usually scheduled in the morning before lunch. At the end of your trip you will be taken back to Fakarava airport.
We can help you with arrangements for domestic French Polynesia flights, so don't hesitate to ask.