Set sail between the slender coral atolls of the remote Tuamotu Archipelago. From your vessel, witness swaying coconut palms that shade pink sand beaches and the vast expanse of ocean without another soul. Dive beneath the surface and uncover pristine coral reefs that are abundant with marine life including bottlenose dolphins, grey reef sharks, schools of eagle rays, and even hammerheads.
Head out on tenders with expert marine biologists who know these seas exceptionally well. Join in their mission to protect the species that live in these pristine azure waters. You will take part in their important conservation efforts as you explore the southerly archipelago.
Together with a local dive guide, you will have the option of diving and snorkelling over reefs, walls and slopes, covered with healthy corals and schools of sharks. Whilst tiger sharks are an extremely important part of the ecology of the reef, very little is known about their migration and breeding habits, with little to no research undertaken in these remote parts of French Polynesia. Any you encounter will be recorded and this will be an important part of an overreaching scientific research project used to protect their habitats and data will be processed and used for years to come.
‘Whale season’ in French Polynesia is between June and November and you will be cruising between coral atolls at the perfect time to post farrowing mothers and babies. Your guide will be observing pods and tracking them prior to your arrival, and you will have the opportunity to get into the water with these majestic creatures whenever it is deemed suitable, a truly life-changing experience.
Whilst the Tuamotu Islands are known as reproductive sites of sea turtles, no research has ever been done at the remote areas you will be cruising. On sun-drenched shores and shining sandy beaches, you will observe tracks, nests and (hopefully) be able to identify individual areas used by these iconic animals. Each nesting site you discover will be identified and listed on protection databases, making a real difference to their populations and increasing chances of survival over time.