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 trip 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 cruise by our experienced Project Shark trip host, Dr. Elke Bojanowski.
This trip 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 on board seminars for all guests. Founder of the ‘Red Sea Sharks Trust’, experienced dive guide and marine biologist, Elke 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. Ever since, she has broadened her scope with shark research in other locations around the world.
Why join this itinerary?
Encounters with endangered species add a greater purpose to any dive 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 an expert about marine biology studies within French Polynesia, divers will enjoy fantastic diving in Tuamotu Archipelago. This itinerary of ‘Project Shark French Polynesia’ 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.
Should you have any questions or queries concerning the dive sites or whether this itinerary is suitable for your experience level, please contact our reservations team firstname.lastname@example.org who will be pleased to assist and advise you.