Are sharks dangerous?
No, they are not dangerous, even less if we compare to other sharks that live anywhere on earth. Every day, hundreds of dives are made in the islands and no attack has been indexed so far, and yet 95% of immersions are with sharks!
What about the Shark feeding practice?
The eternal debate … Opinions differ!
There are good and bad things about it! For study for instance: without the addition of an olfactory stimulus, sharks remain too far from divers (unless fishing them but it would be the worst). And unfortunately, this activity has also brought some completely absurd excesses.
For further information, we suggest the following link that will enlighten the subject:
Is feeding forbidden in Polynesia?
According to the Ministerial law 396CM of April 2006, the “shark feeding” is prohibited “in the lagoons, in the pass and within 1 km from the axis of the pass.” In other words, this activity is only permitted on the outer slope from 1 km from the center passes.
In Moorea, legislation is different because the PGEM(Management Plan for the Area Maritime) prohibits any activity of “shark feeding” all around the island, with the exception of these two sites “Tiki” and “Opunohu” located on the outer slope.
What level do I need to dive?
Whatever level you have, dive sites and depths will be adapted to your certification.
The minimum requirement for “whales watching” in the water, is to be confident to go snorkeling with fins, mask and snorkel.
For the “tiger sharks” expedition we require a minimum of experience, level 2 (or Padi Rescue) minimum is recommended. If you are a level 1 diver (PADI Advanced) with justified experience, an additional monitor will guide you.
Are there specific equipment for this kind of expedition?
We provide our equipment to you, but diving with own equipment is always better for your ease and automation. Therefore, we suggest you to use your own gear.
For the “tiger sharks expeditions” a full body wet-suit is a must, dark color. Sharks have always been curious with contrast of colors, colorful wet-suit must be avoided!
Also a full length wet-suit will keep you warm. In September / October, after 3 hours in the water, you can be cold despite the 26 ° C.
Can we observe sharks and whales on every sea trip / What is the best time of year?
Sharks are present all year. Do not worry, you will see them! And what about the tiger sharks? It is the same thing, they are fewer and more difficult to observe. Nevertheless, over the year, we estimate between 85 and 90% the probability to observe them during an day trip “tiger sharks”.
Regarding humpback whales, the first arrive in June and leave in November. Let’s say that between mid-August and mid-October, observations are almost daily. Before and after these dates, encounters are possible but rare. We will inform you then of the probability of their presence.
Safety on board and evacuation?
The boat is equipped with oxygen equipment, a first aid kit, a VHF radio, telephone, and water at will. The instructors have all received first aid training with the oxygen equipment and keep up to date regularly. If necessary, emergency services in Polynesia are managed by the MRCC, which will organize the evacuation to the hyperbaric chamber in Tahiti.
Do I need a medical certificate?
Medical certificate is not required for our expeditions . But we strongly recommend you to get one. Usually when you come in Polynesia, is to make the most of diving, right? So to avoid unpleasant surprises, a quick medical check up might be a good idea before your holiday 🙂
Do I need an insurance?
We’ve got you covered in “Civil liability” on all our services. However, we suggest to subscribe an additional insurance. (You can find a multitude of insurance on internet.)
Is the diver certification card required?
Yes, before the expeditions we do check your certification. It is mandatory.Also, do not forget your logbook! 🙂