Onboard a Paul Gauguin cruise, you can learn to dive in some of the World’s most renowned spots! Float effortlessly through the reefs and lagoons and come nose to nose with the most magnificent marine life on the planet; parrotfish, clownfish, giant clams and sea turtles. Dive even deeper, and you will swim alongside colourful sea anemones, eagle rays, sharks and octopi. There is no better place to learn to dive than on a Paul Gauguin cruise!
Even if you have never SCUBA dived before, Paul Gauguin’s SCUBA diving excursions are designed for all levels of experience, offering PADI certification onboard for novice divers, as well refresher courses if you want to get back out there.
See below for our guide, that tells you what you may see and where!
Moorea — Catch a glimpse of black-tipped reef sharks, impressively large moray eels, sea turtles, and barracudas.
Bora Bora — View lemon sharks and manta rays up close.
Rangiroa & Fakarava — In this premier diving location, look for hammerhead sharks (December-February) or manta rays (September-October). In addition, dolphins, turtles, eagle rays, barracuda, and other fascinating fish species are often spotted here, among coral reefs and canyon passes – including Fakarava’s reef, a UNESCO-Classified Nature Reserve.
Aitutaki — Dive along the sheer drop off and large coral bommies to come across impressively large hawksbill turtles, white tip reef sharks resting on the sea floor, friendly emperor angel fish and occasional eagle rays.
The Marquesas Islands are among the best diving spots in the world. The Gauguin offers you your only opportunity to explore the underwater world of the Marquesas, as there are no dive centres in these remote but pristine islands.
Nuku Hiva — The steep cliffs and caves off this island reveal a variety of unusual marine life, including hammerhead sharks, manta rays, moray eels, and scorpion fish.
Tahuata — Jump into an underwater wilderness and observe grey sharks, rays, and schools of juvenile fish dancing among predators such as giant trevally or tuna.
Paul Gauguin Cruises offer PADI certification onboard. All dives offered are guided by a professional PADI dive master to ensure that you have the best dive possible, identifying your skill level and helping to improve this. The Gauguin is fully equipped, including an onboard practice pool, a tank-filling station, and two inflatable dive boats with ladders. Each holds eight divers and two instructors. No tender to shore is needed—you simply leave from the marina platform of the ship and return to it after your dive, where a warm shower awaits. All classes can be booked at the Dive Desk onboard.
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