MEGAFAUNA EXPEDITION

Drift Reef Snorkeling and Big Animals

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DESTINATION

Country: French Polynesia – Archipelago : Tuamotu Islands – Main Base :Tikehau and Rangiroa

Our destination is a couple of atolls well known by scubadivers and located in the Tuamotu Archipelago. The first island, Tikehau, is a little piece of paradise located 300 km away in the northwest of Tahiti. With an almost circular lagoon and only one pass, the famous explorer Jacques-Yves COUSTEAU declared Tikehau the richest atoll on the face of the earth.

The second island we will explore, Rangiroa, is the largest atoll in French Polynesia and the second one in the world : it could contain in its center the whole island of Tahiti. Rangiroa is a natural aquarium, ranked by Jacques Cousteau as the most impressive diving site in the world. The Tiputa Pass and the Avatoru Pass are mythical diving spots, world-renowned for dolphins, reef sharks and manta rays.

The aquatic treasures of these two islands won’t be found only in their famous passes but also by discovering the shark nurseries and the manta ray cleaning stations inside the lagoon as well as the outer reef slope and the open ocean around.

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 ?

A lot of sharks:  During the Megafauna expedition, we aim at making you live close encounters with blacktip, gray reef, silvertip, whitetip sharks as well as the majestuous tiger sharks. We work with a team of professionnals to make these encounters safe and educative. Blackfin, lemon, hammerhead or nurse sharks can also be met during our drift snorkeling. The shark nurseries located in the flats of Rangiroa and Tikehau are also a must to do.

Bottlenose dolphins: The Tiputa Pass in Rangiroa is well known for its resident population of bottlenose dolphins. There, in the strong currents of the pass, they often visit scubadivers and swimmers and play around them. Swimming with the dolphins of Rangiroa is an experience you won’t forget.

Manta Rays: Swimming with manta rays will be possible in the cleaning station of Tikehau as well as in the pass and coral reefs of Rangiroa. With some luck, spotted eagle rays and pink whiprays will be also part of your adventure.

Pelagic species: Exploring the open ocean around the Tuamotu always means a lot of surprises. Encounters with sailfish, baitballs, marine mammals or pelagic sharks could happen !

Coral reefs and tropical fish: Even if the main goal of the expedition will be to meet big marine species, the underwater landscapes around us will be hard to ignore ! You will explore amazing and colorful coral reefs hosting plenty of tropical fish: barracudas, groupers, jackfish, napoleonfish, unicornfish and so much more.

 

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SNORKELING EXPERIENCE REQUIRED

ADVANCED : A medium to strong snorkeling/ freediving/scubadiving experience is required. To join this expedition, you need to be in good shape, to be very easy in the water, to not be scared by the deep blue and big marine species. We also recommend our guests to be able to freedive below 5 meters deep.

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 MEGAFAUNA EXPEDITION Details

INCLUDED

  • 6 days of snorkeling/exploration on the field with an experimented naturalist/marine biologist and a local boat captain.
  • All transfers (boat or plane) 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 the islands
  • 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 sleep in two different locations and will visit two islands (transfers by boat or plane). 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...

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