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Itemata

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Itemata offers classic catamaran stabilityAt 18-meters (59-foot) in length and accomodating up to 9 guests (but a maximum of 6 divers) she has all the space you need for comfortable lounging & diving.


 A word from Dom :  "For small groups with a minimum of 4 people, this is an exotic way to visit deliciously remote island groups.  You'll be charmed by your welcoming French-Canadian hosts ... who not only are experts in this region but who speak several languages!"..... Dominick Macan


ON BOARD ITEMATA


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ACCOMMODATION ... AMENITIES ... DIVING ... WHAT'S INCLUDED


  • CABIN TYPES
    2 lower deck DOUBLE cabins
    double bed & port windows
    2 lower deck DOUBLE cabins
    2 double 'angle' beds & port windows
    1 lower deck TWIN cabin
    2 twin beds bunk style & port windows
    Cabins have an en-suite toilet and shower, a large porthole window & storage space.


  • DIVING

    2 long dives per day ... generally from the dive skiff 
    3rd dive or "sunset" dive may be possible

    12 liter alu tanks (DIN & INT valves)
    15 liter alu tanks
    (at extra cost)
    scuba gear rental (by advance request)
    water temperature: 78 - 82F, 25 - 28C  ... 
    3mm wetsuit recommended


  • WHAT'S INCLUDED

    accommodation & diving

    meals, snacks, soft drinks, water, tea & coffee
    compressed air, tanks, weights & weight belts
    airport transfers
    (included on Tuamotu & Marquesas trips)
    shore visits within the program


  • WHAT'S EXTRA

    international & domestic airfare

    alcoholic beverages
    scuba rental gear (by advance request)
    15 liter tanks & extra dives
    airport transfers
    (may require an extra charge on special trips) 


BRIGHT & CHEERFUL DECOR.....SERIOUS PELAGIC DIVING


Itemata offers relaxed comfort for diving the Tuamotus & Marquesas. She measures more than 18 meters in length and has a 9 meter beam, giving her interior a surprisingly spacious feel and ensuring a comfortable stability.  Her tri-deck design offers adequate space for dining and lounging plus diving facilities. The upper deck provides the ideal place to view the surrounding tropical island vistas,,while the main deck provides an alfresco dining area in addition to sunbathing areas both on the trampolines and on the rear deck cushions.

Cabins are functional and Itemata has been reconfigured to sleep 10 guests in 5 en-suite cabins and she offers 220v electric current. Kayaks are available for your non-diving hours and there are many opportunities for shore visits and beach combing.

With French owners, there's little need to say that meals will be important ... and in this case very special. An article in Scuba Diving Magazine referred to Frederique's cuisine as "to die for".

In addition, she is always happy to adapt to vegetarians, vegan, gluten-free, and other dietary restrictions.  Because these supplies are a bit of a challenge to secure in this island nation, a small additional fee may be asked for certain special items.

The diving can be challenging and Advanced Open Water certification or equivalent and at least 100 open water dives are recommended.

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DECK PLANSPECIFICATIONS

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PROFESSIONAL CREWS

Captain
Diving Instructor
Diving assistant/dingy driver
Chef/Stewardess

MACHINERY

2 x 75CV Volvo motors
11Kva generator
water maker
2 x Bauer compressors 

SAFETY EQUIPMENT

oxygen delivery kit
15 hours of emergency oxygen
nearest decompression chamber at Papeete, Tahiti 


ITINERARIES


Itemata offers cruises to the Tuamotus, Raroia and the Marquesas. Cruises vary from 8-days to 16-days and bespoke itineraries are also offered

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The final itinerary is, of course, always dependant upon weather, sea conditions and where the best animal sightings are at any particular time of year

Sample itinerary information

Tuamotu Islands/ Fakarava ... The underwater life found in the two channels is abundant and varied - including some glorious corals.   You will encounter huge schools of sharks (large concentrations of gray sharks, but also white tips, black tips, sleepers, great hammerhead sharks, sometimes tigers ...).    You will also see barracudas, eagle rays and manta rays, napoleon wrasse, as well as dolphins and a multitude of different schools of fish: big-eye snapper, goatfish, groupers and lots of moray eels ...   At certain times of the year, you can view passing humpback whales, melon-headed whales, whale sharks, giant groupers, schools of manta mobilae.  But there are no words to describe the rush of diving in the channels with immense numbers of these animals, as the water carries divers and wildlife alike surging in or out of the lagoon, to or from the blue waters of the ocean.  

Tuamotu cruises - These are typically in an 8-night circuit around Fakarava and its Islands. You will be able to dive the northern pass of Fakarava, the southern pass called Tetamanu, Kauehi, Toau and also the 2 passes of Otugi and Fakatahuna. Itemata then returns to the village of Fakarava. It is always recommended to take a few more days on this itinerary if you can.  Itemata has created the "Tikehau Extension" which allows you to combine the most famous dive sites in a single cruise.

Raroia to Rangiroa ... Rangiroa encircles a serene, aquamarine lagoon brimming with life.  Almost identical to Fakarava in terms of being some of the most thrilling diving in the world.  It happens in the two large passes which allow the flow of water between ocean and lagoon.  Here you find sharks in unbelievable numbers. The species you are likely to encounter are grey reef sharks, silvertips, whitetips & blacktips .... lemon sharks & nurse sharks & tiger sharks .... silky sharks & great hammerheads.  You'll also encounter manta rays, leopard rays & huge schools of eagle rays, big pods of dolphins (who love diver interaction) and if you're lucky, even the stray marlin.

Raroia to Rangiroa cruises  - Typically longer cruises, up to 16 days, usually begining in Raroia, east of Fakarava, these trips include Taenga (inaccessible other than by boat) an uninhabited and virgin atoll of with its 3 exceptional passes  This route then takes you on a long exploration between Fakarava and Rangiroa including Toau and the Apataki atoll.

Marquesas ... Youll find yourselves virtually alone with magnificent mantas, some measuring up to 16 feet across.  You'll also see eagle rays, scalloped hammerheads, silky sharks, grey reef sharks, white tip & black tip reef sharks .... even the occasional tiger shark.  In addition to the sharks, you find kingfish, tuna, napoleons, dolphins and swordfish.  To top it off, not far from Nuku Hiva resides a colony of several hundred Pygmy killer whales and the rarely seen melonheaded whales. At certain times of the year there are migrating whale sharks 

Marquesas cruises - For the Marquesas, departures are from Hiva Oa or Nuku Hiva depending on the program and the programs generally are scheduled for a minimum of 7 nights with 15 or 16 nights being more common.

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TRAVEL & CRUISE LOGISTICS


Take your international flight into and out of Fa’a’ International Airport in Papeete, Tahiti then fly to your destination with Air Tahiti Nui.  For the Tuamotu cruises embarkation and disembarkation is from Fakarava, Rangiroa or Raroia. For private charters the itinerary can be tailored to your individual wishes and embarkation and disembarkation points are of your choice together with the Itemata captain's approval.

For the Marquesas, embarkation and disembarkation are from Hiva Oa or Nuku Hiva depending on the program.  Private charters can also be arranged in the Marquesas.

At the end of your cruise if you are not remaining in French Polynesia for additional nights after your cruise, please allow plenty of time for the transfer to the airport and check-in.

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