Aqua Tiki III is an Alegria-type catamaran located in French Polynesia, it can accommodate up to 10 guests only, perfect for small group.

Katerina

12/06/2014

My sister and me went for a trip that included a week of liveaboard diving onboard with Island Dancer and couple days of land based sightseeing. Overall, it was a good trip but the weather was not as...

Description

Boat

Aqua Tiki III was built in La Rochelle, measures 20 meters long by 9.8 meters wide. The comfort on board is worthy of a hotel : a vast square very comfortable, with video corner, lounge library and cocktail bar. An American kitchen, a vast cockpit sheltered from the sun by a canopy where are served meals, a large sundeck, a front salon and 2 trampolines generally very coveted, a plancha for the grills.

The propulsion is ensured by 230 m2 of sail and by 2 motors of 150 HP. For maximum safety, this ship is equipped with the most complete modern navigation equipment and the latest technical evolutions: autopilot, GPS, BLU, VHF, computer navigation center, radar, standard C weather, beacon Of distress Sarsat.

Aqua Tiki III equipped with all comforts : a hi-fi system with independent sound system in each cabin and CD-library, television and video recorder, DVD with video library … A library where you will find among other documentation concerning the underwater fauna, Polynesia, Navigation, etc. There are many games to animate your evenings, as well as a telephone, a wirless internet spot and a fax by satellite make it possible to stay contactable in all circumstances and even on the other side of the world!

The meals consist mainly of fresh fish, real local wealth, and rice; In fact, the bunkering in the Tuamotu is very limited, especially with regard to fresh produce such as fruits and vegetables. Moreover, a cocktail bar is at your disposal from the end of the afternoon.


Cabin

Aqua Tiki III has 5 spacious guest cabins, it can accommodate up to 10 guests :

All cabins have ensuite bathroom, 220V European outlets.

2 VIP Cabins :
Air-conditioned, with a double bed, TV Hifi DVD, plus a possible front tip.

1 Standard Bunk Cabin :
Air-conditioned, with two single beds in bunk style.

2 Modular Cabins :
Air-conditioned, with a double bed or twin beds.


Diving

  • Usually up to 2 dives a day can be offered

  • No dive provided on the day of arrival and departure.

  • For regular trip divers need to be AOW with 50 dives min.

  • Tanks with bi-standard valves (DIN/Yoke)

  • All diving will provide experienced guide to lead the dive.


Other Informations

  • Nitrox:Available with additional cost
  • 15L Tanks:Limited available, free of charge
  • REBREATHER Dive:Not available at the moment
  • Dive Equipment Rental:Available, free of charge
  • Dive insurance:Divers travelling aboard must have valid dive insurance
  • Water Sports Equipment:Kayaks, Snorkel gear
  • Wifi Internet :Available, depends on the signal
  • Laundry Service:Not available at the moment
  • Massage Service:Not available at the moment
  • Payment on board:By cash (Euro)
  • Crew Number:3 - 4, include 1 - 2 dive guides

Itineraries

FAKARAVA 11D/10N OF DREAM AT TUAMOTU

Route : Fakarava – Tetamanu – Kauehi – Toau – Fakarava

This itinerary offers challenging dives that will satisfy the most adventurous divers. Diving in the passes is extraordinary, which is why we require a certain level of scuba-diving certification. Look out for: sharks, mantas, dolphins, tunas, jacks, barracudas...

The minimum water temperature varies between 25°C (77°F) in winter (September) and 29°C (84°F) in summer (march), with no thermocline and an outstanding visibility year-round.


1st day : Arrival at the airport of Fakarava, welcome by the crew of the AQUA TIKI, then transfer onto the boat. Settling into your private cabin, tour of the village, water sports, swimming. Sunset with a cocktail, presentation of the trip, welcome party.

2nd day : Early-morning departure for Fakarava’s southern end, smooth sail through the lagoon, troll fishing. Anchorage off the Tetamanu village. Water sports or scuba-dive. Lunch. Land excursion, shell collecting, tour of the ancient village of Tetamanu and its church, scuba-dive or water sport of your choice, kayak. Option of a Polynesian party on land.

3rd day : Morning rise in Fakarava’s stunning lagoon, scuba-dive or water sports, then excursion to the untamed beauty of the “pink sand motu”, beach, swim. Lunch, scuba-dive or water sport of your choice. Sunset on the lagoon. Evening departure towards Tahanea.

4th day : Early anchorage off of a stunning, wild motu in Tahanea, scuba-dive or water sports, kayak, land excursion on a beautiful, deserted beach… Swims, shell collecting, lunch. Tour of the island in the RIB, scuba-dive, then trip back to the boat for a BBQ evening.

5th day : Morning rise in Tahanea’s heavenly lagoon, early-morning scuba-dive looking for manta rays, water sport of your choice. Lunch, swim in crystal clear waters, scuba-dive, then departure for Kauehi, big-game fishing, sunset at sea.

6th day : Anchorage on the coral reef, scuba-dive or water sports. Lunch. Scuba-dive or water sports, kayak, troll fishing in the Kauehi pass, with the sun setting down. BBQ evening.

7th day : Water sports of your choice, swim, scuba-dive. Lunch, option of a land excursion, exploration of the reef to look for shells, water sport or scuba-dive, dinner.

8th day : Early morning departure for Toau, sunrise at sea, smooth sailing helped by the trade winds, breakfast, big-game fishing. Anchorage off of a stunning coral sand beach, water sports or scuba-dive. Lunch, option to visit a pearl farm, water sports or scuba-dive. Sunset on the lagoon, BBQ evening.

9th day : Sunrise on the spectacular Toau lagoon, water sports, scuba-dive. Land excursion to look for shells, swim, coconut tasting (you will learn how to extract the coconut milk that is so prevalent in Polynesian cooking). Lunch. Water sports of your choice or scuba-dive. Sunset on the lagoon, dinner.

10th day : Early morning departure for the northern end of Fakarava. Short sail and anchorage off the coral reef. Snorkeling or scuba-dive in the famous Garuae pass (over half a mile wide!). Lunch, scuba-dive, then a smooth sail to the village of Rotoava. Last sunset with a cocktail, farewell party.

11th day : Village tour, water sports and last swims, then back to shore and transfer to the airport.

More

Destinations French Polynesia
Facilities Nitrox support, Camera station, Internet, Water Toys, Fishing gear
Languages spoken English, French

Schedules & routes

Prices & conditions

Included

  • Air tanks & weights & weight belts
  • Daily housekeeping service
  • Land transfer on arrival/depature date
  • All meals & complimentary beverages (water & tea & coffee)
  • Dive guide service
  • Fuel surcharge
  • Dinner on final evening
  • Land tour & Island visit
  • Boat accident insurance

Not included

  • Domestic flights
  • Alcoholic beverages (beer or/and wine)
  • Soft drinks in bottles and/or cans
  • Crew gratuity
  • Dive equipment rentals
  • Dive insurance
  • Travel insurance ( cancellation insurance)
  • Larger tank (15 L)
  • Nitrox fills
  • Marine park fees/Port fees

Useful information

French Polynesia

Period : Liveaboards run trips year round, with the high season being during the local summer from November to March.

Visa's : Nationals of the European Union only need a valid passport for entry. Some nationals of other countries will receive a 90 day visa upon arrival. Other nationals will need apply a visa from the French consulate. Please contact the French embassy or consulate nearest you for more information.

Climat : The climate in French Polynesia is tropical and humid, rain is common all year round, but more frequent from January to March. There is very little deviation of temperatures throughout the year, and weather patterns are quite stable.

Water : Water temps vary little throughout the year, and stay very warm from 26°C to 29°C, with nearly unlimited visibility.

Clothing : Dress for warm humid weather during the entire year. Sun is profuse with sporadic and short lived rain showers through the day.

Plugs : Type A, B, and E electrical plugs (mostly US standard) with 220V @ 60Hz

Flights : International flights arrive daily and directly to Faa'a International Airport in Tahiti. There are many domestic flights from here throughout the country to the outlying islands on their national carrier, Air Tahiti.

Currency : Local currency is the Comptoirs Franrais du Pacifique (CFP franc). It is advised to bring cash with you and exchange at one of the national banks, otherwise international credit cards and traveller's check are accepted as payment almost everywhere.

Diver's reviews (1)

Katerina, 12/06/2014

My sister and me went for a trip that included a week of liveaboard diving onboard with Island Dancer and couple days of land based sightseeing. Overall, it was a good trip but the weather was not as good as I expected because of unexpected heavy rain (July). The boat itself was clean and well kept but there was very limited lounging space for 10 guests. On the positive side the cabins were larger than usual with plenty of storage space and good-sized en-suite bathrooms. The crew were excellent, they made our trip full of happniess. My only problem was the mediocre food, which I found too greasy to me, i don't wanna back home with belley, haha, just kidding. The weather was not so good and this was a big disappointment to me, the strong winds rocked the boat few times during the longer crossings between islands. The Captain had to modify the itinerary based on weather reports but he did a great job, we didn't miss anything even with bad weather condition. The visibility was very good during the entire trip, about 25m to 30m, i would say. The diving itself was very good, lots of corloful corals, and plenty of smaller critters like damselfish, snappers, regal & emperor angelfish, groupers, many spotted sweetlips, titan triggerfish, clown tirggerfish....and also lots of nudibranches, moray eels, stingrays, barracudas, as well as sharks...

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