Join us for a 2018 French Polynesia adventure!
September 15 - 22, 2018
Location: Papeete, French Polynesia
Reserve Your Spot Now:
$1500 non-refundable deposit
What does the cost cover?
-Seven (7) night stay in French Polynesia, arriving on the evening of September 15th, 2018. Departing on the night of September 22nd 2018.
-A private, oceanfront residence has been reserved for our clients. Each client will have their own private bedroom. The home is fully furnished with a full kitchen, multiple bathrooms, and is equipped with internet access.
-Transportation to and from the Airport / the hotel / the eco tours
-3 Boating excursions on an environmentally responsible tour that will allow us to respectfully view Humpback Whales in the water. After our whale watch, we will swim in shallow water with Black Tip Reef Sharks and Pink Whip Rays (a stingray species commonly found in French Polynesia.)
- If sought out - Photo instruction. If you're looking to hone your underwater photography skills, Jim Ward is your go-to guy for tech specs and settings in an aquatic environment. He'll be happy to sit down with you and go through the ins and outs of everything from apnea to aperture.
Cost does NOT include food or airfare from your hometown to Papeete, Tahiti (PPT)
Whether you're a photographer looking for behind the scenes images of you at work, a lifestyle blogger hoping for photos to document your journey or a mermaid wanting to expand your portfolio, we're happy to offer our photography services to anyone who wishes to have their image taken while in French Polynesia.
One (1) Day of Underwater Photo Documentation while on our eco tour (25 photos) :$250
Three (3) Days of Underwater Photo Documentation while on our eco tours (100 Photos) :$700
Three (3) Days of Underwater Photo & Video Documentation (100 Photos + 1min video) :$900
What if I want to bring someone with me?
Each of our guests will have their own room which allows you the option of bringing a partner to share your room for an additional cost. If you wish to have your partner join us, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for rate adjustments!
A non-refundable deposit of $1500 is required to reserve your spot. This is a first come, first served basis. The remaining balance must be paid no later than July 1.
**You must have a valid passport to enter French Polynesia
What If I've Never Swam In The Ocean/Am Not A Confident Swimmer/Have Never Done This Before?
We ask that clients who are considering joining us for this journey have a decent amount of water experience. Both Jim and Alicia will be lifeguarding you the entire time we are in the water together but, we do ask that you be confident swimming in the open ocean and can swim 50 yards unassisted.
IF YOU FEAR SMALL SHARKS OR STINGRAYS, this may not be the event for you. Jim has a bachelor's degree in Marine Biology and both of us have worked extensively with sharks and rays; we will be happy to educate you on proper "etiquette" for when you're in the water with these wonderful animals. Working with wildlife is 100% about respecting the animals and maintaining a calm and collected disposition. The sharks and rays in Tahiti interact with humans on a daily basis and will see you as another one of the many human beings they've encountered.
Remember, you're with professionals. We (Jim and Alicia) are trained freedivers/certified lifeguards and have been practicing our skills and abilities in the ocean for over a decade.
Should I Rent A Car?
You can if you want to explore the island on the days we're not on the ocean together, but it's not necessary. We'll rent a large van for our group to use. Our rental house is located right on the ocean and is also down the street from a small town where you can shop for food, check out the local boutiques and send post cards to friends and family.
What If The Weather Doesn't Cooperate?
Rain won't put a damper on your day because you'll be underwater already. If the open ocean is rough, French Polynesia is famous for its stunning lagoons that are teaming with vibrant life and are well protected by a barrier reef.
Will We See Wildlife?
That's the plan! We never guarantee wildlife, but the goal is to spend a minimum of three full days out on the water swimming amongst stingrays, sharks and possibly Southern Pacific Humpback Whales.
On that note: We will not harass wildlife. If we recognize signs of irritation or discomfort in any of the animals we're observing, we'll simply let you know that the animal isn't a willing participant and we'll move on.
What Else Can I Do in Moorea?
We will be on a fairly small island but it has so much to offer! You can snorkel the lagoons, hike the mountainside, search for baby reef sharks along the sandbars, check out the swanky Sofitel hotel, kayak out to the motus, pick out Tahitian pearls to bring home, or simply buy a baguette and practice your French with the smiley lady at the corner fruit stand!
Full payment is due two months prior to your event, in July 2018.
Cancellations less than 65 days prior to the event are non-refundable.
Join us for the Experience of a
Alicia & Jim Ward