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French Polynesia Master

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The French Polynesia Master at 42 metres (140 feet) is large & comfortable accomodating 25 guests on 7 or 10 night dive trips in the Tuamotus & Fakarava.

 

A note from Dom ... "The diving in French Polynesia is some of the most heart-throbbing I've ever done and while I personally love the cruising offered by the catamarans who ply these waters, that style isn't right for all divers.  The new Master brings to Polynesia a vessel that many divers prefer due to her size & stability.   A quick caveat.  The Master doesn't pretend to be luxury.  She has everything a serious diver needs ... but she's not a Palace Hotel.  If what you want is spectacular diving from a large, comfy liveaboard, she's a great choice !"  ...   Dominick Macan

Vessel & diving details

  • The French Polynesia Master accommodates up to 25 guests in 13 en-suite cabins on 3 decks:
    • 5 twin cabins on the lower deck
    • 2 twin cabins on the main deck
    • 1 double cabin on the upper deck
    • 5 twin cabins on the upper deck

    All twin cabins are convertible to double beds.   All cabins have their own air conditioning, private facilities, entertainment system, hair dryer, and a safe for personal belongings.
  • Diving amenities include:

    • up to 4 dives per day (including night dive where possible)
    • diving from large tenders
    • nitrox is available
    • Valve Fittings: DIN and INT
    • 12l & 15l aluminium tanks (for 15l additional charges apply)
    • camera table can be used to store prepared equipment ahead of the dive
  • Included on all cruises:
    • accommodation & diving
    • meals, snacks & non-alcoholic beverages
    • compressed air, tanks, weights & weight belts
    • scheduled land excursions
  • Extras include:
    • airfare, hotels & transfers
    • dive equipment rental
    • nitrox
    • alcoholic beverages
    • satellite internet
    • park fees

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SPECIFICATIONS

Built: 2016
Length: 42.6 metres
Breadth: 10 metres
Draft: 2.4 metres
Construction: Steel
Engines: 2x Cummins
Cruising Speed: 11 knots
Generators: 4 x Cummins 83Kw
Water Storage: tonnes

CREW

Captain: 1
Engineer: 2
Chefs: 2
Tender Drivers: 3
Mates: 3
Housekeeper: 1
Host: 2
Dive Team: 5
Cruise Director: 1

SAFETY EQUIPMENT

First Aid: Fully Stocked Kit
Emergency Responders
Emergency Oxygen
Life jackets: 45
Life Rafts: 6 x 16 person
Life Rings: 14
Radios: 1 x VHF fixed
1 x SSB
10 x Handheld
EPIRB
Smoke Detectors
Co2 firefighting system + 30 extinguishers

DIVING FACILITIES

Aqualung scuba equipment rental : Additional charges apply
12l Aluminium Tank
15l Aluminium Tank: Additional charges apply
Weights
Valve Fittings: DIN and INT
Compressors: 3 x Coltri-Sub
M16
Nitrox Bank System: Additional charges apply
Surface Marker Buoys

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She's new, she's large, she's stable ...

With 4 decks, the French Polynesia Master provides ample space for relaxation, dive equipment and camera preparation.

Relaxation areas are split between the middle and upper decks.  There is a sun deck on the upper level with a jacuzzi where you can literally soak up the sun and the stunning views of the French Polynesian islands.

There is an extra shaded outdoor lounging area to the rear of the upper deck with more comfortable seating ... located to the aft of the 6 upperdeck cabins. 

The main deck is comprised of a spacious indoor lounge area with camera set up station, guest storage drawers and furnished with pillowed bench seating and a plasma screen.   Adjoining this area is the indoor dining room .... and 2 cabins are found at the forward section of this deck.  Aft deck, you'll find the dive deck.

The remaining 5 cabins are located on the lower deck, each with en-suite & individual air conditioning units.

Satellite internet is available on board at extra cost.

French Polynesia diving - experience necessary

Dive sites are typically channel or “pass” dives and the route planning for each trip is highly dependent upon the incoming and out-going tides for each island.  Dive masters will do everything possible to ensure that you dive the optimum tide for each site to bring you the ultimate in pelagic fish action.

Strong currents are to be expected and it is therefore recommended divers have experience beyond beginner level to ensure maximum enjoyment.

Dive sites also include outer reefs, plateaus and coral gardens found with the lagoon, where currents are less intense and many smaller creatures can be found.

Strict regulations

Diving regulations within French Polynesia differ slightly from many areas of the world. 

Please note that Open Water and Advanced Open Water divers (or equivalent) are limited to 30m maximum, regardless of whether you carry the Deep Diver Speciality. Rescue Divers and above are permitted beyond 30m to a maximum of 40m.  There are regular checks by the authorities that these limits are being maintained so expect the guides will be very strict with them.

Insurance

All divers travelling aboard the French Polynesia Master must ensure they are fully covered for all diving accident and emergency situations, including coverage for air evacuation.

We also strongly advise our guests to obtain comprehensive travel insurance to cover against unforeseeable delays and potential missed flight connections.

There are several options for combination dive & travel insurance.   An excellent option for full coverage, including liveaboard diving, and can be booked at Dive Assure.

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