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The Melonheaded Whales of Nuku Hiva

 

Diving with melon-headed whales

 

Expedition:

Free diving with pods of Melonheaded whales and scuba diving with mantas and scalloped hammerheads.

Location:

Nuku Hiva Island, French Polynesia.

Accommodation:

Guest House in Taioh'e

Experience Level:

Intermediate. Open water certification required. Expect some current and some deeper dives.

   

2017 Dates:

January 29 - February 4th

Price:

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Trip Leader:

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Dive on the stunning reefs of Nuku Hiva. Visit hammerhead and manta cleaning stations and then spend hours snorkeling with melonheaded whales in Gauguin's Paradise.

 

WHATS INCLUDED:

6 nights accommodation in the village of Taioh'e on ruggedly beautiful Nuku Hiva.

Breakfast at the hotel.

5 days of ocean diving on Nuku Hiva's diverse volcanic reefs.

Snorkeling with up to 300 seasonally resident melonheaded whales.

Dedicated dive boat with an experienced captain.

Tanks and weights.

Transfers from Nuku Hiva Airport (through beautiful mountain vistas).

 

WHATS NOT INCLUDED: Flights, lunch and dinner, gratuities.

 

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Ruggedly beautiful Nuku Hiva!

Nuku Hiva Forest

 

SWIM WITH MELON-HEADED WHALES

During January and February off the coast of Nuku Hiva a very special event takes place; a super pod of melon-headed whales gather to feed, socialize and reproduce. Melonheads are generally quite difficult whales to find, making this encounter with scores of playful animals an extremely unique experience. It is estimated that up to 300 whales congregate in the area. Our experienced captain knows exactly where to find them and if the seas cooperate, we will have a very good chance of enjoying some very special encounters.

 

diving with a pod of melon-headed whales

 

DIVE NUKU HIVA'S PRISTINE REEFS

For five days we will have the opportunity to dive on some of Nuku Hiva's best reefs. As well as abundant fish life and healthy corals, the island is home to mantas and hammerheads that can often be seen visiting the cleaning stations along the coast. You'll love the uniqueness of the diving where the only problem is deciding whether to shoot big animals or macro!

 

Beautiful reef diving on Nuku Hiva

 

reef diving on Nuku HivaManta ray encounter Nuku Hiva

 

NUKU HIVA ~ THE QUINTESSENTIAL SOUTH PACIFIC PARADISE
Legend has it that Ono, the god of creation, promised to build his wife a house in one day, so he gathered together land and created the Marquesas Islands, which are all named after parts of the house, Nuku Hiva being the roof.

Discovered more than 2000 years ago by ancient Samoans, the island became their first stronghold before moving on to Tahiti and other French Polynesian Islands. For many centuries the islands were controlled by warring canibalistic societies that left behind rock carvings and many tribal sculputes that line Taioh'es Beaches.

Today, Nuku Hiva is a tropical hideaway composed of steep volcanic spires and deep valleys covered with dense rainforests. Nuku Hiva's tallest peaks are permanently draped in mist which adds to the exotic and mysterious feel of the island.


Nuku Hiva carvings

 

 

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Andy Murch Trip Leader

Andy Murch

EXPEDITION LEADER

Andy Murch is a fanatical big animal diver.

He has photographed and dived with more sharks than most people on this planet and he's very good at it.

Andy's images and shark stories have appeared in hundreds of books and magazines around the world from titles as varied as National Geographic, Scuba Diving, FHM, Digital Photography,  and the Journal of Zoology.

Andy is the Creator of the ever expanding Shark and Ray Field Guide on Elasmodiver.com 

 

When not running big animal expeditions or on photographic assignments, Andy lives and dives on Vancouver Island, Canada

 

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