French Polynesia is the type of paradise we all dream of. Far flung, tiny exotic islands with white sand beaches surrounded by clear turquoise waters. It was one of the last places on earth for humans to set foot on and still today less than half of the islands have any type of human presence – making a truly wild experience. The warm clear waters are renowned for some of the best diving on earth and boast walls of sharks, mantas, dolphins, humpback whales, and some of the richest marine biodiversity you’ve ever seen. One dive site alone is said to hold over 750 resident sharks. But this shouldn’t come as a surprise when they have one of the largest shark sanctuaries in the world with over 5 MILLION square kilometers of protected waters (over 3 million square miles). This is a place where dreams come true. 

Join us August 11-21, 2020 for this trip of a lifetime! We have teamed up with 4 incredible ninjas to build an expedition unlike anything ever seen before. Imagine exploring this beautiful paradise alongside some of the biggest names in diving: shark conservationist & stunt woman—Liz Parkinson, mind-blowing pro photographer—Alex Kydd, Girls That Scuba founder—Sarah Richard, and Dive Ninjas very own, Jay Clue. Together they have built a special week packed with informative workshops, presentations, games, and most importantly lots of fun. And that’s not even the best part yet! We have teamed up with Shark Angels and will be donating a portion of all ticket sales to them as well as hosting games throughout the week to help raise money for their hard work in protecting sharks – with the top prize being a free liveaboard trip! 

Act fast though, there are only 21 spaces 14 spaces available on this exclusive trip. Scroll down for more details on the trip,  then register online now to secure your space.  Feel free to contact us at [email protected] or +1-973-619-9976 with any questions or to reserve your space today.

shark diving in French Polynesia

The Ship

For this once in a lifetime experience we have chartered the French Polynesia Master. She is a beautiful and modern 46 meter (150 ft) long steel dive yacht purpose built in 2016 for comfort and safety. Her 4  spacious decks provide ample space for relaxation, dive equipment, and camera preparation.  Each cabin is equipped with hotel style, side by side beds or a large double bed, private ensuite bathrooms, and individual air conditioning units. Relaxation areas are split between the middle and upper decks; comprising of a spacious indoor lounge area with comfy pillowed bench seating and a plasma screen, as well as a camera set up station with guest storage drawers. There is an extra shaded outdoor lounging area to the rear of the upper deck with more cosy seating. As well as our personal favorite –  a sun deck on the upper level with comfortable lounge chairs from where you can unwind and soak up the stunning views of the French Polynesian islands. She’s equipped with satellite wi-fi and a spacious dive deck including personal dive stations for each guest as well as offering a laundry service onboard. The M/V French Polynesia Master is staffed by a crew of 19 – meaning there is almost 1 crew member for each diver on board. She is without a doubt one of the nicest liveaboards we’ve ever seen and is constantly rated in the top in the world.

The Itinerary

This is Dive Ninjas, so you know this isn’t going to be your run of the mill liveaboard trip. Our itinerary starts in Tahiti and takes us to see the best that French Polynesia has to offer – visiting the world famous areas of Rangiroa Atoll, Fakarava, Apataki, and Tikihau – the island Jacques Cousteau dubbed ‘the richest atoll on the face of the earth’ as well as many others. This is a shark sanctuary so expect high chances of seeing huge schools of black tip and grey sharks,  hammerheads, tiger sharks, silver tips, silkies, and more throughout the trip! We’ll also be there during humpback whale season so keep those fingers crossed for meeting one of the giants of our oceans. Plus dolphins, mantas, massive schools of snapper, jacks & barracuda, eagle rays, Napoleon wrasse, turtles, and a plethora of others.

Throughout the week our special guests will be hosting workshops, talks, courses, games and more. All guests will be invited to attend a special Project AWARE Shark Conservation Diver course as well as a special introduction to sharks presentation taught by Jay & Liz!  Alex will be hosting photography workshops throughout the week as well as special presentation on  how to get the best shots while interacting with wildlife. Liz will be holding presentations and discussions throughout the week on sharks in the media, Shark Angels, and shark conservation techniques that you could apply back home to help save our finned friends! Sarah will be bringing the fun with some silly shark themed games and pub quizzes throughout the week as well as a talk on the Zero Waste movement.

Throughout the week we’ll also be holding contests and games such as Team Ninjas world famous (and hilarious) Crap Photography contest and a raffle where you could win lots of awesome prizes including a FREE trip onboard one of the Siren liveaboards with all the proceeds being donated to support the hard work Shark Angels is doing to protect sharks around the world. You’re invited to join as many of the activities as you’d like they’re all included in your ticket price, or feel free to skip some and just relax and take in the beautiful scenery.

Diving with mantas in French Polynesia
Diving with mantas in French Polynesia

Your Special Guest Hosts

Liz Parkinson

Liz Parkinson

Shark Conservationist / Freediver / Stuntwomen
Liz is a passionate shark conservationist who works with artists and several non-profit organizations to educate and promote ocean awareness. Through multi media platforms, Liz uses her voice and skill set to encourage and shifting world view of sharks in the global environment. She believes conservation starts at home, encouraging and raising money through organized events to help spread the message in local communities. Check out Liz on Instagram & Facebook

Alex Kydd

Alex Kydd

Underwater Photographer / Freediver

Alex is an underwater photographer from Western Australia that has been taking the world by storm. He recently took BOTH 1st and 3rd prize in the Nature Conservancy 2019 Photo Contest ‘Water’ category and has been stacking up a bunch of other accolades.  Alex comes from a marine science background and has been working in the tourism industry for the last 5 years. The majority of his photos are taken while freediving. Alex is on a mission to connect people with nature and create stunning imagery of the ocean. Check out Alex on Instagram & Facebook

Sarah Richard

Sarah Richard

Founder of Girls That Scuba |
Plastic free warrior

Sarah is the founder of the world’s largest female scuba dive community Girls that Scuba. Started to find more female friends to dive with in a then male dominated industry, her group has now grown to a network of 500,000 followers and members and inspires and empowers women to go out of their comfort zones and continue to pursue their dreams in scuba and freediving! Check out Sarah on Instagram & Facebook

Jay Clue, Dive Ninja Expeditions

Jay Clue

Founder of Dive Ninja Expeditions / Conservationist / Explorer
Jay is an accomplished technical diver and instructor with a passion for exploring. He is a Nakawe Project Closed Hook Ambassador & Sea Shepherd coordinator.  After years in the industry he founded Dive Ninja Expeditions as a new platform for linking science and conservation with tourism. Under all the tattoos you’ll find a big nerd, with numerous university degrees & diplomas on all kinds of subjects from shark biology to quantum mechanics.  Check out Jay on Instagram & Facebook

Liveaboard scuba diving in French Polynesia
shark diving in French Polynesia

What’s The Cost?

For this special 10 night exploring the Tuamotu Archipelago the French Polynesia Master offers a premium stateroom with options of either 2 single beds or 1 large bed for couples. The premium stateroom is $6,575 USD. All prices are per person and on shared double occupancy basis. If you are traveling solo, no problem! We will match you with another solo ninja guest of the same gender. Or if you prefer your own private room a single supplement upgrade is also available for an additional fee.

What’s Included

The trip price includes all diving & activities, tanks, weights, presentations & workshops throughout the week, Project AWARE Shark Conservation Diver course, 10 nights accommodation on a shared double stateroom basis, 4 delicious meals per day plus snacks, fresh juices, soft drinks, tea, & coffee, fresh towels in your stateroom as needed, as well as fresh towels on the dive deck for drying off between dives, and transfer from ship to Fakarava airport on the final day.

What’s Not Included

The price does not include flights, transfers from Tahiti airport to the ship in Papeetee on first day, port & marine park fees of $265 USD,  unlimited Nitrox upgrade ($150 per person – optional, but highly recommended), rental equipment, laundry service, massages, crew gratuity (at your discretion), or credit card processing fees.

Flights & Pre-Trip Activities Information

This trip departs and returns from different airports to allow for better use of our time while diving this incredible area. We embark near Tahiti International Airport (PPT) and disembark from Fakarava Airport (FAV). We recommend arriving in Tahiti a day or two early to give you some time to relax and a little padding in case of any travel delays. Easy flights to Tahiti can be found from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tokyo, Honolulu, and Auckland. These airports are all large hubs with numerous direct flights to pretty much anywhere in the world. From the US flights run around $1000 roundtrip and run 7 days a week. Some airlines to check out are Air Tahiti Nui, United, Air New Zealand, Air France, Hawaiian Airlines, and French Bee.

And of course, in proper Dive Ninja style we will be building some awesome pre trip and post trip activities including tiger shark dives and swimming with humpback whales! Interested in adding this to your French Polynesia expedition? Give us a shout and we can set it up for you.

scuba diving liveaboard in French Polynesia
scuba diving liveaboard in French Polynesia

Notes on Diving in French Polynesia

The diving regulations in French Polynesia are different than many other parts of the world and are strictly enforced. In addition to this the diving conditions can be a bit challenging. Due to this we recommend our guests to hold a minimum of an Advanced Open Water certification (or equivalent) with at least 50 dives completed. We also recommend having some experience diving in currents and holding a Nitrox certification. If you are not Nitrox certified we can do the course on the ship for you at a discounted price -please contact us for more details.

The local laws dictate that PADI Open Water Divers are restricted to 18m (60ft) and CMAS 1* to 20m (66 Ft). Advanced Open Water divers or equivalent are restricted to 30m (98ft). The maximum allowed depth on any dives is 30m (98ft) no matter if you hold a ‘Deep Diver’ or higher level certification. This is a country-wide law and is strictly enforced. There are regular checks by the local authorities so the guides will strictly adhere to these rules. Additionally, all divers are REQUIRED to fill out a medical form similar to those required for scuba diving courses. If you have a ‘YES’ answer to any of the questions you will be required by law to show proof of medical clearance for diving. We recommend filling out this form before your trip so that there are no surprises and you can bring a note from your doctor if you need one. If you do not have medical clearance and can not answer NO to all the questions on the form you will not be allowed to dive. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.

Watch: Tuamotu Archipelago

By Glen Cowans

Expedition Quick Facts:

Ship: French Polynesia Master
Board: August 11, 2020 at 12.00pm
Disembark: August 21, 2020 at 9.00am
Duration: 11 Days, 10 nights
Dive Days:  10 days, +/- 27 dives
Embark: Autonome, Waterfront, Papeete Tahiti
 – Nearest Airport: Papeete International – Tahiti (PPT)
Disembark: Fakarava
 – Nearest Airport: Fakarava (FAV)
Trip Cost: $6575.00 USD
Min Deposit to Reserve: 20%

Watch: Fakarava Sharks

By Sue Crowe