Newsletter October 2011 / January 2012

First of all, we would like to wish you a happy 2012. May it be filled with great adventures! We also take this opportunity to thank those of you who contributed one way or the other to make Tahiti Private Expeditions an even greater dive experience in Tahiti and in other locations around the world. All the team is very much looking forward to carrying on working with you and exploring exciting new dive areas! We are pleased to share with you some of our special 2011 moments.

Recent dive highlights

Between September and the end of the year, we led and filmed yacht expeditions in the Tuamotu archipelago but also in Fiji and in Baja California, Mexico diving with great white sharks, sea lions, whale sharks and sperm whales. We also joined the Undersea Hunter in Cocos island, Costa Rica using the amazing Argo submarine for deep sea discovery (down to 300 meters) and rebreather diving with the great hammerhead sharks. This year is taking us exploring New Caledonia further and bringing our dive expertise there to our clients but also to Galapagos and Cocos again. Tahiti Private Expeditions is also M/Y Mary Jean's preferred private guide of choice for her charters.

For any information or questions about these destinations, please contact us

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Baja California, Mexico

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Charter in Cocos island, Costa Rica

Boat shows

During the event of the Auckland Boat Show in September, New Zealand Marine invited Tahiti Private Expeditions to present the marine wildlife and the diving in the South Pacific region toP1030067 a large audience of superyachts captains and professionals.

Both the Monaco Yacht Show and the Antigua Charter Show were, as every other year, an excellent means of catching up with the industry professionals and assessing market developments and trends. We took the opportunity in Antigua to participate in a South Pacific destination presentation together with Yacht Help Fiji, 37 South and Tahiti Ocean onboard MY Sherakhan. Tahiti Private Expeditions had prepared a joint presentation with the yacht agent Tahiti Ocean in front of 40 professionals. The presentation is available upon request. We thank all the attendees for their interest and questions but also Tom Debuse of YCO for having assisted in finding the perfect venue for the event.

Press and familiarisation trips

Sea_Wolf_enjoy_the_lagoonTahiti Tourisme, the local tourism board, arranged trips with industry leaders to promote the destination and create an awareness of the country's assets for superyachts. We took part in the organisation of these trips between October and November by bringing our expertise for a dive feature onboard MY Seawolf in the Tuamotu atolls for Boat International (article published in February).  We also contributed to a couple of press and fam trips involving Yachts International, Asia Pacific Boating and Yachting Russia. Yachting Russia had already published an article in Russian in September about swimming with humpback whales in Moorea written by Ch Holler. Professionals from CNI, YPI and Burgess Yachts were invited for the fam trip. Both trips involved discovering Tahiti and its culture, its yacht services, experiencing high end resorts in Bora Bora and its lagoon as well as in Moorea aboard M/Y Ultimate Lady and M/Y Haumana. Private diving and snorkelling sessions were part of the global experience combined with an interactive lecture about the local marine wildlife and conservation actions.
(Photo: M/Y Seawolf in Fakarava with Boat International)

Photo exhibit and charity

Shark_Photo_ExhibitBeing always dedicated to marine conservation issues, Tahiti Private Expeditions donated photos to The Shark Truth non-profit organisation in Vancouver BC to build educational materials for the local Chinese community in order to raise awareness about the threats facing sharks and ban shark fin soup.

Humane Society International and the Jane Goodall Institute China's Roots & Shoots Beijing programme teamed up with the Beijing Zoo from August to December 2011 to promote shark protection with a photo exhibit that showcases these magnificent creatures. Tahiti Private Expeditions donated shark photos for use during the event. One of them was selected as the support material to advertise the event.

Spending most of our time so close to the ocean, we are dedicated to contribute more in 2012 to shark conservation actions and to the non-profit organisation 'Yacht Aid Global'.