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A superyachting guide to Asia Pacific cruising destinations, with sample itineraries
The Asia-Pacific is one of the last havens of untouched cruising in the world
 
photo credit: Rodolphe Holler
 

Dive the Pacific and Asia - a world of underwater wonders

There is a common thread to the various destinations around the Pacific Ocean: unparalleled and healthy marine wildlife offering unlimited dive and snorkelling adventures.

With the increasing popularity of recreational diving, and with superyachts being perfectly outfitted for scuba diving and travelling further and further, the Pacific will without a doubt unveil some of its treasures to guests in quest of unique marine encounters in breathtaking scenic areas only reachable by boat. The Pacific is a place where every country visited hosts as much abundant life above than under the water.

This huge area ranging from Tahiti to South-East Asia offers unlimited and varied underwater experience, whether it be thanks to snorkelling safaris, scuba exploration, technical re-breather diving or even with your own submarine. Most of the countries along the way have built a very strong awareness for ocean conservation and the different governments have taken measures to protect their marine wildlife. Thus, one of the less populated areas in the world is proud to feature some of the most beautiful marine sanctuaries on Earth.

Come and join us for a journey of unmatched underwater adventures...

 

Swim with a humpback whale and her calf

Between July and November every year, humpbacks travel from the Antarctic to the tropical waters of Tahiti or Tonga to give birth or find a mate. Throughout their migration and stay around these islands, they do not feed and newborns can gain up to 100kg a day. Often close the reef of the islands, it is a one-time opportunity to swim with these sea giants, watch a calf play, listen to a singing male looking for a mate. Tahiti has been a sanctuary for marine mammals since 2002 and they are best seen around Moorea and the Tahiti Peninsula. Tonga offers amazing opportunities to encounter them around some of her remote islands with not a soul in sight…

Snorkel among manta rays

Manta rays are not rare around our part of the world. In some areas of Asia and the South Pacific, it is not at all unusual to see a school of these magnificent fish, cousins to the shark, feeding or being cleaned by smaller fish or gliding gracefully under the water as if offering an invitation to dive or snorkel with them. They are encountered throughout our region with a highlight around Baa atoll in the Northern Maldives, Myanmar, Thailand, Komodo and Raja Ampat in Indonesia, Fiji and the Islands of Tahiti.

Dive among a school of giant bumphead parrotfish

South-East Asia and Australia boast incredible underwater scenery with vibrant colours. During a snorkelling safari or a dive, you might encounter a pod of majestic giant bumphead parrotfish while cruising around Malaysia, Borneo and Indonesia. They nonchalantly munch their way through acres of coral reef. Normally travelling in schools they often appear like a squadron of marauders filling divers' ears with their noisy crunching. They are listed as an endangered species and are protected in the Western Pacific. Considering they live up to 40 years and grow to 130 cm, this results in slow replenishment of the species. Diving with them is a memorable experience.

Encounter friendly sharks of all size, including” great whites” and “tigers”

Given its remoteness from the rest of the world and absence of commercial fishing, sharks are still a part of the local eco-systems of the Pacific and Asia. They are found basically everywhere and offer incredible encounter opportunities always safely organised. In New Zealand’s colder waters, encounter a great white shark off Stewart Island. The Islands of Tahiti offer more than a dozen species of sharks and the country has been protecting its sharks since 2006. There, dive with tiger, lemon or hammerhead sharks. In Fiji, do not miss the famous “Bega dive” with bull sharks. In Australia, around the beautiful Great Barrier Reef, they regulate the eco-system and sharks are easy to spot. Our region being friendly, our sharks are too!

Dive with wild bottlenose dolphins

There is one place in the world where divers can fulfil a dream: dive with wild dolphins. Rangiroa atoll in the Tuamotu archipelago of French Polynesia is the place. A sedentary pod of bottlenose dolphins have been used to seeing divers dive their home pass (a natural channel between the lagoon and the ocean) and have become familiar often swimming to the divers looking for an interaction. Should the dolphin not get the expected attention, he will simply swim to the next diver in the group! This is a unique encounter and definitely on all divers’ bucket list.

Discover the world of colourful macro life

Whether you cruise to New Zealand, the tropical waters of Australia, Fiji, Vanuatu and Asia, the common thread will be the abundance of colours and macro life. Far from human developments and thanks to conservation programmes, these places offer untouched healthy reefs with thousands of different species of fish, nudibranchs, shrimps and crabs, soft and hard corals. They are fabulous for photographers but also for divers in quest of rare species in other parts of the world, such as the shy and tiny pygmy seahorse or some species of sea slugs looking like they are flamenco dancers when swimming.

Explore the most spectacular sea gardens among vivid corals and myriads of tropical fish 

Available to all, children, snorkellers, divers, go on a “seafari” around any of the region’s destinations in idyllic conditions. The region is considered a perfect area to learn diving in some of the last untouched spots of the Earth. Your journey will be filled with adventures and discoveries found nowhere else.

Dive amazing wrecks

Wreck diving is impressive as it involves some of the largest sunk ships in the world and all are still intact.

In Vanuatu, dive the 187m SS President Coolidge sunk during WWII. The cruise ship was turned into a freighter to transport US troops and military equipment. The wreck is close to the shore and offers up to 20 thrilling dive possibilities. Everything in the ship has remained as it was at the time of the sinking. It is breathtaking! Along the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, the 109 m steel-made SS Yongala sank during a hurricane taking the lives of her 121 passengers. The wreck is in very good condition and lies on a sea floor of 30 meters with the upper decks being located at a depth of about 15 meters featuring beautiful marine life around her. She is one of the largest shipwrecks to dive worldwide.

In New Zealand, go on a different kind of shipwreck dive adventure. The scenery is  not tropical but offers incredible life and the wreck of 175m luxury liner Michael Lermontov at the North of the South Island, which sunk in 1986, is home to many species of fish and anemones. Greenpeace's famous  Rainbow Warrior in the Bay of Islands in the North Island is another of New Zealand’s dive highlights, located not too far from world famous “Poor Knights”.

Explore fjords or tropical reefs 

The regions has it all: untouched reefs, pristine marine life in abundance, from tropical crystal clear waters and lagoons to New Zealand’s fjords where it is common to encounter orcas and seals. Go on a journey filled with adventure and exploration, be the first to discover new dive areas, to snorkel on spots with not a soul in sight yet always safely and under very good conditions. Take the dive / snorkelling cruise of a lifetime...

All this and much more can be experienced by anyone interested in the water.

 

 

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