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Niyati Croisiere Plongee

Raiatea, French Polynesia
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Diving and cruise in french polynesia, 4 guests maximum on board.
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Niyati Croisiere Plongee
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Steviee wrote a review Nov 2018
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In May 2018 four of us spent 5 days with Valerie and Jeep who charter their well kept yacht out of RaiateaJeep is the experienced Captain and Valerie head chef and Dive Master who easily turned her skills to our snorkeling requirements.The boat was very clean, obviously well loved and once we mastered the art of operating the private toilet everything was fine!We did lots of great snorkeling, visited a pearl farm and were fed very well. Altogether a great part of our extended holiday.
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Date of experience: May 2018
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MasterDive wrote a review Sep 2018
Munich, Germany478 contributions147 helpful votes
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This is at the end a great thing to do. The ship is absolute amazing. We were staying 10 nights going from Huahine to Bora Bora. Valerie is a great cook. The meals are absolute delicious. The ship is perfect. Jean-Pierre is a amazing skipper. He is very kind and funny. Due that he speaks only French we talked with him with hand and feet, and it worked very well. We were not lucky and had no wind at all at our navigation days, but that is nature. The chance to sail is on the way from Huahine to Raiatea and from Tahaa to Bora Bora. Most of the time we were at the Lagoon. 2 days and nights in Huahine One night at Raiatea South side than 1 night on the west side in front of the Marina and one in side the Marina. When you are at the Marina you can go for dinner in a recommended Restaurant from Valerie (Villa Ixora) During the booking and organizing the rest of our trip Valerie answered everything in a short time and with many information. The diving depends on the dive site. Marine life is not everywhere good for big stuff. The best Corals we found at Bora Bora Small Macro things you can find in many other places around the world in much more variety and with more species. We did at Raiatea a trek through the jungle to the waterfalls. This was a very good choice. At Tahaa we did the Vanilla Tour. This was amazing and is highly recommended. What to know: The dives are not from the sailing boat, but only from the Dingi with back role. Valerie is an instructor so you will dive a little different as you have guides in Egypt, South East Asia like Phillipines, Thailand, Malaysia or Indonesia or in Caribic like Venezuela, Belize or Mexico. We need some dives to get used to that. Finally we had 14 dives including one night dive at a wreck. The only thing what we were little bit astonished was (and this is not Valerie fault!): After 20 years of struggling between CMAS and Padi/SSI I thought this is over. Here not! E.g. I have a SSI deep dive specialty for 40m but I’m not allowed to go deeper as 20 m(!) Only a French or CMAS specially is accepted, even if the course was absolute the same as SSI. You need for more than 20m a PADI 45m Tec or SSI extend range certificate. We heard about that rule first on the boat. I wrote that just that no PADI/SSI members will have the first shock than us. For approx. 40€ (20€ extra for one deep dive + 20€ Brevet) you get the license for more than 20m. Finally we had great 10 days and 9 nights. Valerie will organize trips and hikes on the island. They will be done by French Guides.
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Date of experience: September 2018
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Response from Jeep et Valou S, Propriétaire at Niyati Croisiere Plongee
Responded 20 Sep 2018
thank you for that long comment :-) just to be more clear about diving law in French Polynesia, it's nothing to do with a fight between PADI/SSI and CMAS : dive instructors are not CMAS here but professional instructor diplomed by the french ministery of sport.... more that 6 months formation, you are sure to have a real instructor, not somebody with 60 dives and no skills to help you if you have a problem like many dive masters in teh world. The big difference is also that your instructor is responsable about what happend under water, you do'nt sign a a liability waiver, And the maximum of divers with an instructor or a guide is 5, except with a 2d level instructor, you can be 6. And on board Niyati the maximum is 4.
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A S wrote a review Sep 2018
Germany2 contributions
We will never forget the week we spent sailing, diving, eating and talking on JP"s and Valérie's boat. So go ahead and book this if they are available during your time in Tahiti before you continue with reading our review.We decided that spending our honeymoon in Bora Bora was too boring, so we looked for a unique experience that combined our interest for diving, sailing and doing things that bring us a little closer to the locals. We booked this offering through a German travel agent but also saw it elsewhere. Before we flew to Tahiti we exchanged some emails with Valerie on dietary needs or particular wishes for drinks, and diving (night, day, drift, etc). If you don't want to bring your own diving gear, Valerie will get you top-notch gear (e.g. scubapro).They picked us up on time from our hotel and brought us to their boat. Its a sailing boat not a cruise ship but we were happy with our cabin, the space, etc. They have two cabins for guests but we just used one since we booked the whole trip for us. It can't get more exclusive than that. Valerie is a highly competent dive instructor and guide. She is also an amazing cook, painter and you can have great conversations with her..well with both of them. Its always guests first so even though we just came back from a dive, she would quickly arrange food, etc. for us. JP - a former French special forces soldier - is the skipper, a person who has the heart/mind at the right place and who works on all the other little things one has to care about while sailing while his wife is out diving with guests. Together JP and Valerie form a unique team that puts guests first. But remember, they invite you to their home that happens to be a sailing boat so you have to follow certain rules & processes to stay safe. We spoke English all the time but wish our French would have been at the fluency level to have even deeper conversations about everything from diving, history, politics, economics to art. If we ever get back and they still offer their private charters, we will do this again in a heart beat. Thank you JP and Valerie for a once in a lifetime experience!!! We miss the dives, the fresh raw fish and Rotui Mango juice!
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Date of experience: September 2018
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Melanie W wrote a review Dec 2017
Swiss Alps, Switzerland2 contributions
Thank you so much to Valérie & Jeep for the great time on board and diving the ocean together with you - just phantastic!!! Great encounters underwater and beautiful islands with very nice people.... The boat is very comfortable, Always save sails & dives with Valérie & Jeep - excellent food fresh prepared.... everything very professional and very well organized.... hope to come back soon again!!! Loved everything!!!!
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Date of experience: October 2017
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Rafael K wrote a review Apr 2017
Los Angeles, California51 contributions24 helpful votes
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I'll cut to the chase--at least at the beginning of this (long) review-- sparing you the romantic history behind the how/why we came to book our trip and skip straight to what you really need to know. DO NOT HESITATE--not for one second--to book as long a stay as you can aboard the Niyati Croisiere Plongée. While reading the rest of this review is a meaningful exercise, my suggestion is to book the trip first and read the rest of the review afterwards. That way, my words will just make you feel even better about your decision. I'll wait. I'm not kidding. You have been "trip-advised." Go. Book. Now. Okay . . . did you book it? Good. Well done and congratulations. You are not only extremely smart, but you are also in for the ride of your life. Now, go ahead . . . read on. When I was 13, I had the extraordinary good fortune to live aboard a boat with a program called ActionQuest (they are still in business and, if you have kids and can swing it, send your kids--it'll change them, forever). I have dreamt, since then, of spending my 40th birthday on a similar, though adult, trip. I desperately wanted to return to a live-aboard dive experience and I knew that I didn't want a big boat with lots of people I didn't know. After all, 40 only happens once, right? My dream was to SCUBA dive with manta rays; that's how I wanted to spend my 40th birthday. It's quite a thing to peg your mid-life moment on the attendance of one of the more elusive creatures of the ocean, no? It's like showing up to prom and hoping that your crush is there waiting for you. (gulp) My husband, as he is want to do, dutifully scoured the earth for just the right thing. Truly, no spot on the map was out of the question in the search. We were looking for perfection and we literally looked under every rock. Among our criteria: quality of diving; experience of dive-master (two of us were certified many years ago, but we were all, essentially, novices), because nothing could be worse than feeling unsafe; size of the boat because, as I mentioned, we did not want a cruise with lots of folks we don't know (we are saving that for another time); spectacular vistas; quality of food; price, of course; and an environment that would feel safe and welcoming (we are a gay married couple with a child--she didn't join us--and our two fellow cruise-mates are gay, too). This last criterion may seem odd to you, particularly if you are straight, but suffice to say, some of the world's great dive spots are not safe for gay people, so this was high on the list. We booked a trip for 7 nights--our friends didn't have more time to spare. Through a long and weird series of events, Air Tahiti stole my bag (yup, stole, not lost--be sure you watch those baggage handlers actually put the baggage sticker on your bag and then make sure you count your receipts) so when we arrived, I had no clothes and no toiletries. Upon our arrival, Jean Pierre (JP, which is sort of pronounced, Jeep in English) took me into the local town to buy just a few basic necessities while Valerie (Valou to her friends) got the other three of us situated. In short order, they made us feel sheltered, welcome, and cared for. JP offered to take over the bag search, which was indicative of the kind heart he showed us every day. Okay, so I've blabbered and not said much that might interest you, yet. So, here are some killer pieces of information (followed by more of my long story). Valerie is indescribably brilliant. The woman is like a mermaid. She speaks to the ocean and its inhabitants and they speak right back to her. Not only is she an expert diver, but she is also an extraordinary instructor, sizing up her divers' experience in all of two minutes under water, and tailors each dive to suit her guests' needs and abilities. No matter your experience, she most likely has more, so do yourself a favor and learn something from her. She has plenty to teach. If you ask her to, she'll explain how she got to be so good, but watching her, dive after dive, is an inspiration and defies even her explanation. JP is . . . unique. Truly. Like the last of an endangered species. How else do you describe a man who is ex-French-special-forces, can navigate a 50' boat through 18 inches of water, stop the pain of a wasp sting with a lit cigarette, befriend a bunch of angry island-dwellers in James-Bond-like style, navigate by the Southern Cross (and teach me how to do it, too), and gently ladle sea creatures into a dish in the dark, manifesting a real-life petting zoo with the world's weirdest plankton? Oh, and he makes the most wonderful little noises while doing it. With a smile. And a wink. The food is fantastic. I say this with a caveat: know yourself. What do I mean? Well, we are foodies. We like clean, honest, beautiful food. Every day was a new adventure with the freshest of ingredients. We were fed royally. Having said that, if you are a picky eater, a person who is accustomed to take-out, heavy food, or you just have a closed-mind . . . you may not have the same response to the preparations. For us, it was heaven. Each and every day, one of us said--aloud--"I wish I could eat this way every day." Like us, too Valou loves dark chocolate. Yum. Also, insider tip: we brought some cookies we had baked prior to our departure (and vacuum sealed for freshness) and I think Valerie and JP appreciated the gesture. The boat is their home. We always bring something to the host's house, so . . . it felt only appropriate. The diving was world class. Each day was only more spectacular than the day before. I think that JP and Valou do that on purpose, though I don't know for sure. It is my guess that, knowing their corner of the world as well as they do, they enjoy the part of their profession that is to create an experience for you, for me, for each of us. I believe they derive a sense of satisfaction from planning the journey. At least, they seem to. They do it all too well. Okay, the hit-list. What did we dive with? Here goes (add three adjectives, such as "incredible, gorgeous, amazing, spectacular.." before each of these and you will only begin to scratch the surface): 1) An extraordinary array of fish, too many to enumerate, but . . . AAA+! 2) Turtles 3) So many eels (one of which was 14 inches in diameter--we talked about it for days!) 4) Nudibranchs. I had never seen one in person and I asked about them. Valerie made it a point to be sure I saw every last one and they were spectacular. 5) Shrimp of many kinds 6) Sharks. Black tip, white tip, lemon and . . . a BABY shark. No joke. We saw the most adorable baby shark. It was miraculous. 7) A pod of dolphins, who had babies in tow (I know . . . how wild, right? It was as if we were in the nursery area of the ocean!) 8) Sting rays 9.More eagle rays than we could count, all "flying" together in the current. 9) A majestic wreck with all sorts of wild inhabitants. 10) Wait for it . . . wait for it . . . MANTA RAYS! The morning of my 40th birthday, they appeared, like angelic apparitions. Eight of them, all together, circling us, playfully. The largest was about 15 feet in wingspan (about 5 meters!!!). It was . . . beyond description. If you are a person of any personal spirituality, you will understand when I say, it was a spiritual experience. Clearly, I could go on, though I don't think I would be helping you. If you've made it this far, you get the point. I did leave out the part about the double rainbows, sunsets of unbelievable glory, and the starry night sky that make you believe in wishes. There are few experiences in life that live up to our expectations. The Zen-Buddhists and Buddhists alike practice their entire lives to un-attach, to live a life without expectations, in no small part to be free from disappointment. Perhaps that is why my luggage was stolen--to remind me to un-attach, to live this experience unbound. I spent nearly 25 years dreaming of a trip like the one I had on the Niyati, building up expectations--despite every effort not to do so. It is with unbridled glee that I tell you: JP, Valou, and the Niyati far exceeded not only my expectations, but also my wildest dreams. Niyati means Destiny. It was, perhaps, Valou and JP's destiny to begin the adventure; it was my destiny to find them. Is it, now, yours that you have read this? Will you fulfill it? Chers Valou et JP, lorsque les bananes sone mûres, nous serons ensemble, encore.
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Date of experience: March 2017
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Response from Jeep et Valou S, Propriétaire at Niyati Croisiere Plongee
Responded 15 Apr 2017
Dear Rafi, Thank you for this comment, as beautiful, funny, and magnificent as you 4 were on board!
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