Even if you’ve never scuba dived in your life, Paul Gauguin Cruise’s instructors will have you floating effortlessly over rainbow-coloured coral reefs in a matter of hours!
Scuba diving is a surreal, awe-inspiring experience. Diving in the South Pacific is one of the best places to explore the ocean in the world due to its vast array of species, you can come nose-to-nose with parrotfish, clownfish, giant clams, and sea turtles. If you dive deeper you may even be able to swim alongside colourful sea anemones, eagle rays, sharks, and octopi!
Polynesia’s translucent, shimmering aqua lagoons are begging to be explored. And there’s no better place to do so than from the m/s Paul Gauguin’s retractable watersports marina, where you can embark on a scuba adventure. The Gauguin is fully equipped, including an onboard practice pool, a tank-filling station, and two inflatable dive boats with ladders. 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. And on top of that, the crew take care of all of the details for you, from set-up and gearing you before you enter the water to leading you through the deep. The only thing you have to do is breathe!
Here’s what you could be doing in each of the specific islands The Gauguin visits:
Catch a glimpse of black-tipped reef sharks, impressively large moray eels, sea turtles, and barracudas.
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 centers 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.
Behind the Scuba Mask
Find out what Clement Casadei, one of Paul Gauguin’s Marina Supervisors, has to say about the PG scuba experience
Q: What different watersports are offered from The Gauguin’s marina and destination beaches?
A: Paddleboarding in the pristine Bora Bora lagoon should be on most people’s bucket list, with gorgeous Mount Otemanu in the background.
Q: What tips do you have for guests?
A: If you have a waterproof camera, make sure you take one along.
Q: What makes scuba diving with Paul Gauguin Cruises so amazing?
A: French Polynesia is one of the best diving places in the world – and one of the last places on Earth where you can easily see different kinds of sharks, rays, turtles, and very colourful fish.
Q: What do you want guests to take away from their scuba experience:
A: To bring as many memories as possible back home. And if they can realise that nature is so beautiful and that it has to be preserved, then I’m the happiest man.
Learn more about The Gauguin’s dive programme at www.pgcruises.com/scuba