2020 Grouper Spawning Photo Workshop on the French Polynesia Master
2020 French Polynesia Grouper Spawning
Underwater Photo Workshop
Witness one of nature's greatest spectacles and experience some of the best shark diving in the world.
Sail for 10 nights on French Polynesia's most luxurious liveaboards and dive with hundreds of grey reef sharks, whitetip sharks, blacktip sharks, lemon sharks, tiger sharks, silvertip sharks, and silky sharks. Non-Photographers are welcome.
July 2 - 12, 2020
Led by Scott Gietler
NOW 40% OFF!
10 Nights for:
Lower & Middle Deck - NOW AT $3,750 (double or single)
Upper Deck - NOW AT $3,945 (double or single)
Single Cabin #8 - NOW AT $5,910
✓ 25% off rental photo gear from Bluewater Photo
✓ Timed for the annual grouper spawning event where thousands of marbled groupers gather
✓ One of the best destinations for sharks with regular sightings of 7 different species
✓ Hundreds of marbled groupers, huge Napoleon wrasse and bottlenose dolphins
✓ Sail and dive in comfort with the French Polynesia Master: one of the most luxurious boats in the area
✓ Daily underwater photo instruction at no extra cost
✓ Led by Bluewater Photo owner Scott Gietler
✓ Beginner photographers welcome
The French Polynesia grouper spawning event is debatably one of nature's greatest shows. Every year, thousands of groupers gather to mass spawn, right around the full moon of July. All of this activity naturally attracts all kinds of predators in huge numbers, including 7 different sharks species: grey reef sharks, whitetip sharks, blacktip sharks, lemon sharks, tiger sharks, silvertip sharks, and silky sharks.
The 10 day trip sails through the Tuamotu Island chain, from Fakarava to Rangiroa. Dives with the pelagics are typically drift dives and are dependent on the incoming and outgoing tides for each island. There will also be dives with less current on outer reefs, plateaus and coral gardens within the lagoons.
The grouper spawning is expected to occur on July 2nd-3rd, as the full moon is on July 4th.
Diving Conditions in July
Water temperature will be around 75-80 degrees Fahrenheit with good visibility.
Diving regulations within French Polynesia differ slightly from many areas of the world. PADI Open Water divers, or equivalent, are limited to a maximum depth of 18m (60ft) on all dives. If a customer only carries this certification then we should advise to complete the Advanced Open Water course before joining to enjoy the diving to the full as the structure of dive groups will not always accommodate for shallow divers. Advanced Open Water divers (or equivalent) and above are limited to a maximum of 30 metres. This is irrespective of whether you carry a Deep Diver certification.
Daily Photo Workshops
Workshops will be given daily on topics such as wide-angle underwater photography, ambient light shots, snorkeling with large animals, strobe exposure and positions, avoiding backscatter and composition.
✓ Full board accommodations based on double occupancy
✓ Drinking water, tea, coffee,fruit juice and soft drinks
✓ Land excursions
✓ Up to 3 dives daily
✓ Single 12L (DIN/INT) cyclinder with air fills
✓ Lead weights
The following local transfers are included free of charge on the days of embarkation and disembarkation: Between the domestic airport of Fakarava (FAV) & the liveaboard docked in Fakarava, and between the domestic airport of Rangiroa (RGI) and the liveaboard docked in Rangiroa
✗ National Park Fees (USD 900)
✗ Nitrox (USD 150 for 10 nights)
✗ Dive rental equipment
✗ Alcoholic beverages
- ✓ 200MB for $60
- ✓ 500MB for $150
- ✓ 1GB for $300
Built of steel, the French Polynesia Master plies the waters of this island archipelago, welcoming aboard 25 guests for 7 or 10-night dive safaris. The 4 decks provide ample space for relaxation and dive equipment and camera preparation.
The French Polynesia Master boat (LEFT) & its camera room (RIGHT)
French Polynesia Master's cabins
Check out this page to see more details and customer reviews on French Polynesia Master.
Trip attendees should fly into Fakarava Airport (airport code FAV) and out of Rangiroa Airport (RGI). There are multiple flights per week between Tahiti (airport code PPT) and Fakarava and daily flights between Tahiti and Rangiroa. Both flights are only 1hr in duration.
We advise divers that if possible to arrive a day earlier in French Polynesia so you are well rested before the workshop. Return flights should be made after 12pm on the last day of the trip.
Airport transfers are included.
Embarkation & Disembarkation
Embarkation Port: Rotoava Dock, Fakarava at 15.00, Disembarkation Port: Quai D' Ohotu, Rangiroa at 09.00
Arrival Airport: Fakarava (FAV), Departure Airport: Rangiroa (RGT)
Scott Gietler is the owner of Bluewater Travel. Scott's areas of expertise include Indonesia, Mexico, Philippines, French Polynesia, and the United States.
Scott is the founder of the Underwater Photography Guide and Bluewater Photo. What started out as a small project has grown to a point where it is starting to interfere with Scott's sleep. When it interferes with his diving, then it will be a problem.
An avid marine naturalist, Scott is the author of the Field Guide to Southern California Marine Life. He was the LAUPS photographer of the year for 2009, and his photos have appeared in magazines, coffee table & marine life books, museums, galleries and aquariums throughout California. He enjoys teaching photography underwater and in workshops.
2nd Payment: $1,600 due 6/1/19
3rd Payment: $2,200 Due 11/1/19
Balance Due 3/1/20
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French Polynesia Underwater Photos by Craig Dietrich
French Polynesia Underwater Photos by Scott Gietler