As 2017 is on, the team is buzzing with energy for a year of excitement
in Tahiti and Fiji... and beyond.

The Fiji and Tahiti destinations are getting busier every year during the  "off season". An increasing number of captains and owners realizes that the South Pacific experience is outstanding year round with some special underwater encounters outside the "main" season (June through August), such as swimming with humpback whales or diving with great hammerhead sharks. 
As usual, contact us for any hint of what is happening under the ocean and around our islands in some of the most preserved areas of the world.
Meanwhile, enjoy a taste of Fiji... 


Successful Press / Fam Trip in The Islands of Tahiti

The team recently contributed to the success of the combined press / fam trip arranged with Tahiti Tourisme onboard 34m MY Askari in the Tuamotu atolls (NE of the island of Tahiti). TPE offered the opportunity to a few high flying charter professionals from Burgess Yachts, Fraser Yachts and OnboardOnline to explore this group of pristine islands meeting growing interest from our Clients. The group dived the mythical spot where dolphins are regularly encountered in Rangiroa atoll. Back in Moorea, they encountered humpbacks and their calves during a memorable journey on the water! The main focus of the trip combined with the exclusive yachting experience was ocean conservation together with Polynesian culture in a country home to a UNESCO biosphere.


What's on in Fiji?

Last season was successful for Superyacht Private Expeditions Fiji, which built taillored dive / snorkeling itineraries and guided yacht clients throughout the country. Luckily, last year's hurricane did not affect the number of visiting yachts thanks to the local professionals who closely assisted yacht captains in the planning of their cruise. 2017 already shows a growing interest in the Fijian underwater world. Over the past few years, the low season seems to have been attracting a larger number of vessels, a good sign that the industry is more comfortable with the cyclone procedures and forecasting information provided. Like in Tahiti, the Austral Summer is a great opportunity to cruise and dive the islands in relative isolation and without the trade winds of the Austral Winter. 



Technical diving with Rodolphe Holler:
always one step ahead

Further to the continuous success and demand from our clients, the team now counts one additional instructor on the brand of rebreather units TPE has now carefully selected to use and recommend. Already very familiar and experienced with technical diving on several brands of rebreathers, Rodolphe Holler successfully passed his instructorship on AP Diving Evolution rebreathers on which he has already logged in hundreds of dives over the past 3 years in various parts of the world. Rebreathers allow to dive longer, with less deco stops while making no bubbles. They are the ideal tool for exploration and special encounters requiring a quiet environment and patience. These high-tech units are extremely reliable and our technicians very skilled and trained to guide while meeting all safety requirements in areas they are experts of.



Motor Yacht Askari awarded best 2016 crew of the year

During the Monaco Yacht Show end of September, MY Askari was awarded best charter crew of the year in the under 50meter category during Fraser Yachts’ annual gala hosted at the Monaco Yacht Club. Tahiti Private Expeditions, attending the event, contributed to the prizes the crew received.
It is a well-deserved award for an exceptional crew dedicated to always going the extra mile for their guests. The boat has been based in French Polynesia for 9 years and has hosted a very large number of dive charters during which our dive team has brought its expertise throughout the years.

 

Happy New Year from
Tahiti & Superyacht Private Expeditions!

Not failing to the tradition, we are sharing some of our 2015 special moments with you in images.

The teams in Tahiti and Fiji wish you  a fabulous 2016 and will carry on sharing their passion with you!

Thank you for your continuous support and for following our adventures.

Happy New year 2016 from Superyacht Private Expeditions on Vimeo.

 

Greetings from Tahiti and Fiji!

As we are getting close to the end of the year and just around the corner of two main boat shows, it is high time to share our 2015 news with you and keep you updated on our dive expeditions with our superyacht clients. A lot has happened from cruising fabulous destinations to improving our video and dive technologies to always go beyond our clients' expectations.

Thank you  as always for your continuous support and enthusiasm!

As usual, Contact us if you have any question!

The finest dive sites while on a Superyacht

Having been specialized in Superyacht diving adventures for nearly a decade, customizing trips to meet our clients' requests anywhere in the world, the team in 2015 joined yacht owners in locations such as  Raja Ampat, Cocos Island, Mexico, New Zealand, Belize and of course, unique Galapagos islands offering our dive guests a memorable experience in rare parts of the globe. Rodolphe Holler explains "Superyachts can travel to the most remote and exciting places and offer an opportunity to discover parts of the oceans that very few of us can access. This is where we bring our expertise ensuring that the adventure will be above any expectation." 

Discover Galapagos through this film.

Discover Fiji: a must-dive destination

Fiji is definitely on the map of the best dives in the South Pacific. With its friendly people, a strong Melanesian culture and healthy reefs, it is the perfect dive addition to a Tahiti experience. Where Tahiti features varied pelagic encounters, Fiji hosts colorful corals with spectacular macro-life. Given the increasing demand of our clients to dive the destination, Superyacht Private Expeditions Fiji started operating a few months ago offering state-of-the art diving specialized for Superyachts matching those which made TPE successful.

Continuously ahead with new technologies

TPE and SPE both switched from HD to digital 4K video technologies to keep on improving the quality of footage when making films during guests' trips which is one of the highlights of our stay on a yacht.

TPE added the 360° immersive video system to its services a year ago. We were the first local company to believe in a concept that receives growing interest everywhere as it allows interactive virtual visits of places both underwater and on land. R Holler believes that "with the new focus of social media for this new technology, the 360° immersive video technique is going to become huge and will open doors to new development opportunities. Viewers become part of the video as they are watching it". 

Last but not least, we upgraded our rebreather units and now use the AP Diving Evolution dive system, which our guests rate as friendly and increased breathing comfort. All this with the support of a new semi-inflatable 24ft tender, perfectly suited to explore the Islands of Tahiti. After having cruised the Society Islands and Tuamotu, the boat is taking part in a beautiful humpback whale season this year.

2016 New Zealand Millennium Cup

The opening of NZ Millennium Cup 2016 sponsorship applications has been met with resounding uptake from key international and local brands seeking limited patronage opportunities. Initial entry applications hint this will be the largest fleet seen racing in comparison to recent previous years and with international media giants The Superyacht Owner and Ocean Media on board, the idyllic Bay of Islands will anchor global gaze.

Dubois-designed vessels, including Janice of Wyoming and Silvertip have confirmed they will be returning to compete in the 2016 regatta, alongside new entries Kealoha, Tarewa and more. 

“We are coming back this year with the same crew and we have our eyes on a podium finish” says Chris Wilson, Janice of Wyoming’s captain. “It’s competitive but all about having a blast with a great group of people.”  “We are looking forward to the coastal race and seeing some new competitors as well as some old rivals” adds Silvertip captain Blair MacLeod. “We love the competition and the chance to line up against similar equipment and sail the boats as hard as we can.”

Superyacht Private Expeditions took part in the Cup this year onboard winner SY Silencio, filming and photo shooting the boat through the race. Have a look to experience this fabulous regatta down under!

 

All photos: R Holler

 

In response to increasing demand, Superyacht Private Expeditions (SPE), specialists in bespoke international dive adventures, are proud to announce the launch of their Fiji arm with offices in Marina Denarau to service the region’s stunning underwater playground.

Building on the success of Tahiti Private Expeditions (TPE) owners Christelle and Rodolphe Holler developed SPE a few years ago to satisfy the expectations of high profile superyacht clients wanting to explore new grounds in the Pacific and South-East Asia with trusted dive experts.

With its headquarters in Auckland, New Zealand, the powerhouse couple has weighty industry and client

credentials backing their latest venture. Rodolphe is a dive instructor, marine biologist and professional underwater photographer, filmmaker and award winner of the 2nd Tahiti Underwater Film Festival (FISPOL). Christelle is a dive master, long-time consultant to the Tahiti Department of Tourism in charge of promoting the destination to the superyacht industry and has significant high-end international hospitality experience.

David Jamieson, superyacht captain, dive master and Fiji resident of more than 10 years has been hand selected to manage Fiji operations for SPE.

“Combining significant dive experience, extensive local knowledge and contacts with the drive to create outstanding tailored experiences for our clients make David and his team the natural choice” says Christelle Holler.   

Jamieson first arrived in Fiji as captain of the 30m classic yacht S/Y Aile Blanche in 1999 and has owned and operated his own Superyacht shore support agency, Asia Pacific Superyachts Fiji (previously Yacht Help Fiji) for the last 13 years. This gives him a unique insight into the wants, needs and expectations of today’s superyacht owner both onshore and off. Asia Pacific Superyachts Fiji has joined Superyacht Private Expeditions as a partner in providing the best diving experience in Fiji for visiting superyachts.

“I’m excited to share my expertise and enthusiasm for diving in Fiji. Although Fiji benefits from strong tourism only 110 of the 332 islands are inhabited. Most of these islands are of volcanic origin and feature great sheltered anchorages for superyachts. Few yachts go there so you feel like you are the first ones to explore the area; notably with a custom itinerary tailored to each guest’s experience and interests whether the group is experienced, complete beginners or includes children. The ongoing project of turning the Vatu-i-ra area into a Marine protected area means there is even more dive excitement coming up in Fiji” says Jamieson.

Fiji has tropical weather patterns similar to Tahiti but both offer two entirely contrasting and unique experiences. Fiji is abound with a profusion of thousands of small colorful fish, shark encounters aplenty and abundant magical soft coral whilst Tahiti is known for thrilling drift dives, brushes with dolphins, manta rays and humpback whales amidst expansive coral reefs. This makes Fiji the natural next step on from Tahiti in a journey through the Pacific particularly at a time where Fiji is developing a marine protected area.

                                           

Superyacht Private Expeditions will continue to provide the highest quality dive experience in Fiji that clients of TPE have become familiar with; namely using the very best dive guides, professionally trained underwater videographers and the latest technology to enable clients to share their adventures with friends and family all over the world. To get a taste of the experience SPE warmly welcome guests to view footage filmed on dives here: https://vimeo.com/114748522

“Onboard dive crew are often very busy when guests are onboard and diving is not their sole responsibility so having a dedicated person in charge of this activity makes things much easier for the crew and captain,” says Holler. “Not only are we peace of mind for the captain we also support charter managers and brokers in setting up custom itineraries for their clients in areas they have sometimes not experienced themselves.  We step onboard to make our clients' trip unforgettable.”

TPE and SPE’s client list is extensive; their team have worked on superyachts such as M/Y Big Fish, M/Y Octopus, M/Y Suri, S/Y Silencio, M/Y Askari, M/Y Unbridled, M/Y A, and S/Y Maltese Falcon. “Quite often we’ll work with yachts on both their charter and owner's trips,” notes Holler, saying that they recently worked a charter for Silencio in Tahiti having previously worked with the owner. A same guide is often requested to join in another destination the following season.

SPE is extending their network to other destinations in order to offer professional tailored itineraries and consistently excellent dive standards throughout the Pacific; from one destination to the next.

Ni sa bula vinaka! We look forward to welcoming you to Fiji.

The teams of Tahiti Private Expeditions and Superyacht Private Expeditions wish you an amazing, fruitful and adventure filled 2015! Of course, as always, thank you for your continuous support.
 
After a year of dive exploration around the Islands of Tahiti and further afield including Indonesia, Fiji and the Carribean, contribution to major ocean conservation actions with Oceana and to the International Superyacht Society yearly Award Gala event in Fort Lauderdale, where Tahiti was definitely in the air, time has come to move on to new developments and underwater discoveries with our Superyacht Clients.
 
As usual, here is a little teaser of what 2014 was with us and what the future holds for 2015…

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