July and August are definitely the busiest months of the year for the local superyacht industry in Tahiti. While a large part of the 60 vessels visiting our islands each year is here now, it is also a time to unveil new cruising and diving grounds to most of them. We are also pleased to say that some of these yachts will be based here for charter long term or plan to return early next year. Thus, Tahiti will have several yachts on offer for charter year round, all fully equiped for dive expeditions. The destination is developing while remaining a haven of tranquility.
Marine wildlife highlights of the season
End of June and most of July are the best time of the year to dive the South Pass of Fakarava atoll (North East of Tahiti island). While Fakarava is part of a UNESCO biosphere reserve along with 4 other surrounding atolls, the South Pass hosts a yearly incredible encounter. Thousands of groupers come in the pass to breed. While a frenzy is naturally happening, some sharks make the most of the situation and feed, totally unaware of the divers watching the scene. The ideal time to witness such a spectacular scene while diving is around full moon.
The first humpback whales have been spotted around the islands of Tahiti and Moorea. Their yearly 6,000 km / 3,500 miles journey from the Antarctic is leading them to French Polynesia to breed and give birth close to the shores of our islands. Tahiti and her islands have been a sanctuary for marine mammals since 2002. They are therefore protected and whale watching is regulated by law. However, when performed with a professional and if the conditions allow, swimming with the whales is possible and offers a once in a life time experience. All it takes is patience to find the perfect time and your snorkeling gear to join the whales in the water!
Tahiti Private Expeditions is pleased to have brought its contribution to the American Cancer Society yearly event during the Cattle Baron Ball in Texas on 15th October. Together with a few partners including Fraser Yachts, Tahiti Tourisme and the Moorea based charter yacht M/Y Askari, the company is offering a diving session in an auction package consisting of a trip to Tahiti in a local resort and on Askari. The dive team will bring its expertise to ensure the guests, winners of the package, discover the beautiful South Sea marine life for a day while on the yacht.
Our company is very involved in ocean conservation, especially in that of the sharks, which are critally endangered worldwide. Our team makes a point in bringing our clients awareness about the challenges these animals are facing and the threats for the ecosystem. Therefore, we have proudly donated 40 shark pictures to Shark Defenders and the non profit organisation PEW Conservation Trusts in order to use them as a communication support and as part of their educational material. One of these photos is currently exhibited at the University of Beijing, China. The purpose of the exhibition is to educate the Chinese people about the ocean, marine sustainebility and shark conservation. Several thousands visitors are expected.
Other photos will be donated for similar purposes to the Coral Reef Alliance in the USA to support their conservation actions on worldwide reefs. One of our oceanic whitetip shark pictures will be featured in their 2012 calendar.
As a reminder, Tahiti has been the first country worldwide to protect its sharks in 2006.
Although this was not a first trip there for our team, Tahiti Private Expeditions explored the largest lagoon in the world on a 50 meter yacht in May and June. It is one of the must dive destinations to visit during a South Pacific tour although not viewed yet as a superyacht destination area in the industry. The Loyalty islands north east of the main island are untouched and the marine fauna is absolutely unspoiled. However, a cruise to New Caledonia requires some good preparation and knowledge to fully enjoy, mostly due to cultural and traditional aspects in various areas of the country. Should you plan a trip there, we will be pleased to assist in setting up the itinerary and providing you with a knowledgeable and professional dive guide according to the same exclusive standards set for our services in Tahiti.
Forthcoming overseas trip
Baja California and the Sea of Cortez, Mexico, will be Tahiti Private Expeditions' next exploration. Shark lovers will be looking forward to our next newsletter dealing with great white shark encounters in Guadalupe island! Stay tuned...