French Polynesia FAQs
Whilst we have much information on our website you may find you have additional questions about our dive liveaboard, the diving in French Polynesia or general location information. Below are the answers to some commonly asked questions, should you have other questions or queries, please contact our reservations team who will be pleased to assist you.
Are there any specific local diving 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 30 metres maximum depth, regardless of whether you carry the Deep Diver Specialty. Rescue Divers and above are permitted beyond 30 metres to a maximum depth of 40 metres. Please note that there are regular checks by the authorities that these limits are being maintained so our guides will be very strict with them.
***Please ensure that you bring all your certification cards, including any certifications that you currently hold for diving on Nitrox.
Can I dive with Nitrox?
Yes. All Nitrox qualified divers may opt to dive with nitrox for an additional charge.
I am not Nitrox certified. May I take a nitrox course whilst on board?
We do not currently offer any dive training courses aboard the French Polynesia Master. For those wishing to take a nitrox certification course we recommend you contact your local dive centre or consider PADI e-learning.
What should I bring with me?
Liveaboard lifestyle is relaxed and informal. Essential items include T-shirts, shorts, swim wear, long trousers / sarong/ long skirt, sturdy footwear for island visits and a warm jacket or pullover for cooler nights. Shower gel is provided on board, however guests should bring any hair care or personal beauty products they require, along with sunscreen. We have a fully stocked first aid kit on board, but guests should bring any personal prescription medications with them (with doctor’s note).
Can I rent scuba equipment whilst aboard?
Yes. We offer Aqualung BCD, regulator, wetsuit, mask/snorkel and fins for rental on board. Prices per item vary however we also offer a package price of US$40 per day of diving. Computer and Torch(flashlight) may also be rented for a daily fee of US$5 per item.
Must I pay National Park fees?
I’m travelling alone. Must I pay a single supplement or may I share a cabin?
For solo travelers we offer 2 options. You may choose to have a cabin for yourself for which we charge a single supplement of 100% of the cabin cost. However if you wish to share a cabin, we will place you in a twin cabin with a member of the same sex. We do not mix cabins without express permission of both guests.
Must I spend an additional night in Tahiti either side of my liveaboard trip?
We recommend guests spend an additional night 1 day before cruise departure so you’re well rested before the start of the cruise. There are daily domestic flights between Tahiti and Rangiroa and 6-7 times per week between Tahiti and Fakarava (depending on the season), which are only around 1 hour in duration. 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.
Do I need dive insurance?
Yes. 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. A combination dive and travel insurance, which includes the option for additional liveaboard cover, may be booked through our Worldwide Dive and Sail office or online through DiveAssure.