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DESTINATION

Country: French Polynesia – Archipelago : Tuamotu Islands – Main Base : Fakarava

Our destination is the UNESCO Fakarava Biosphere Reserve located in the Tuamotu Archipelago, 360 kilometres northeast of Tahiti Island. The 7 atolls which compose the reserve have preserved marine ecosystems and exceptional characteristics, as yet little studied. The human pressure is low due to the geographical isolation and lack of infrastructure in the area.

The most famous dive sites are the north pass of Fakarava which is the largest pass in French Polynesia (1,600 metres wide) and the south pass, considered one of the best diving sites in the world with its exceptional coral reefs and its wall of 700 gray reef sharks. But our playfield is much more than these two sites : the islands of the biosphere reserve offer a great diversity of underwater landscapes with hundreds of pinnacles, many passes and coral gardens but also an open ocean spared from overfishing and mass tourism.

DATES

Each Year: March – April – May – November – December. Contact us to know the accurate dates

DURATION AND PRICE

7 days including 6 days of snorkeling. Contact us to know the prices

 

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WHAT TO EXPECT ?

Reef sharks: Gray reef sharks, blacktip sharks, whitetip sharks, nurse sharks, silvertip sharks and with a lot of luck blackfin sharks, great hammerhead sharks and tiger sharks. Gray reef sharks can be in huge densities in our snorkeling areas whereas the nurse sharks can be super friendly !

Pristine coral reefs: This is probably the main treasure of the Biosphere Reserve. Coral reefs here are extraordinary healthy and preserved. Hard corals are caracterized by an extreme diversity of shapes and colours which make our underwater exploration like a visit of a natural cathedral.

Tropical fish everywhere: Parrotfish, Surgeonfish, Unicornfish, Groupers, Jackfish or the majestuous Napoleonfish. All the reef fish are in huge quantities due to the very low fishing activity. Hundreds of species coexist on the reefs and can be easily approached by snorkelers without any fear. This is one of the best world destinations for napoleonfish (humphead wrasse).

Among the other possible encounters, there are stingrays, eagle rays, dolphins, seaturtles and manta rays.

Seabirds and breathtaking terrestrial landscapes: we like to do a break between two snorkeling sometimes and this is the opportunity to explore the remote islets, the primary forest and the fossilized reefs. Here we can watch many species of birds nesting : terns, noddies, bobbies or frigatebirds.

 

 

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SNORKELING EXPERIENCE REQUIRED

INTERMEDIATE : A previous snorkeling experience is required. To join this expedition, you need to know how to use a typical snorkeling gear and to have a good buoyancy without a lifejacket or a vest.

We ask every guest to have an international diving insurance and to inform us of any present or past health issue that may represent a risk during the expedition.

 

 

LOCAL CONDITIONS

Weather: In French Polynesia, the climate is tropical – warm and humid. In the Tuamotu, the sun is strong and the heat makes precautions necessary: sunscreen, hats and regular hydration.

Navigation : The islands are wide and large. By consequence, the navigation times can be long sometimes (up to 2 hours). We provide an unique adventure expedition but you need to be in your element on a boat.

Language: In the Tuamotu, locals speak tahitian and french. During the expedition, you will always have at least one english-speaking guide with you.

 

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The BIOSPHERE EXPEDITION Details

INCLUDED

  • 6 days of snorkeling/exploration on the field with an experimented naturalist/marine biologist and a local boat captain.
  • All boat transfers to different islands and snorkeling sites
  • Accommodation during the 7 days of the expedition. Twin share rooms.
  • Meals: Full board – breakfast, takeaways for the lunch and proper local meal for the dinner (please inform us in advance of any food requirement).
  • Non-Alcoholic drinks
  • A full HD edited video of your expedition

NOT INCLUDED

  • Flights to come in and leave Fakarava
  • Excess Baggage fees
  • Personal snorkeling gear
  • Travel/Dive Insurance (required)
  • Alcohol and additionnal snacks
  • Crew gratuities
  • Personal expenses including anti-mosquitoes spray or sunscreen

WHAT TO BRING

  • Your personal snorkeling gear: fins, mask, snorkel, lycra or wetsuit top
  • Rain Jacket, long sleeves t-shirt, hats and sunglasses
  • Anti-Mosquitoes spray and sunscreen
  • Camera recommended
  • Travel/Dive Insurance
  • Watershoes
  • Waterproof bag

ITINERARY

The itineray will be adapted to the weather forecast. We will possibly sleep in two to three different locations and might visit more than one island (transfers by boat). We will have backplan activities in case of bad weather or just if everybody needs a break : visit or a black pearl farm, exploration of the islets and bird watching, traditional activities...

Join your BIOSPHERE EXPEDITION NOW !

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