Cuba la Reina - 02/2026

February 15th - 28, 2026

+++ Cuba La Reina +++

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Diving the Pearl of the Antilles

If you like the following, this trip might be for you:

A Unique Combo

Cuba is high on a lot of travellers' bucket list. A place where time stood still, loaded with historical and political importance, but also with natural resources which are hard to find elsewhere. That is why we designed a culture & dive combo: a 7 day cultural itinerary through Cuba, combined with a 7 day liveaboard experience in the best diving area the country has to offer. Making everyone's travel time worth it!

Jardines de la Reina🍃

Located off the southern coast of Cuba, the "gardens of the queen" are renowned for their pristine coral reefs and abundant marine life. Coral gardens teeming with colorful fish, encounter Caribbean reef sharks, and rare species such as the critically endangered Cuban crocodile are expected. With its crystal-clear waters and protected status, Jardines de la Reina offers some the best diving in the Caribbean.

Cultural Galore đŸ—ș

It's no secret Cuba carries exceptional cultural heritage. Its vibrant music, dance, and colonial architecture are simply unique. Additionally, the country's history, from the Spanish colonial era to the Cuban Revolution are fascinating and are the reason the country is packed with historical sites. Our optional 7 day roundtrip through Cuba before the diving action will get you a perfect dose.

Photography Tips đŸ“·

David Serradell is the BTM Travel trip leader on this journey. He is not only a scuba and freedive instructor but also a professional underwater photographer! With some small adjustments, this is the guy that can help you take your underwater photos to the next level.

Exquisite Timing 🕒

Diving in Jardines de la Reina in February offers excellent conditions to explore this pristine marine reserve. With calm seas, warm temperatures, and clear waters, it's an ideal time for underwater adventures. You'll find tranquility and natural beauty, making it a memorable experience for divers of all levels.

Caribbean Energy â›”

Diving in the Caribbean exudes a laid-back and tropical vibe, characterized by warm waters, colorful reefs, and swaying palm trees. Alongside tropical fish and cruising sharks, the Caribbean's relaxed atmosphere and stunning underwater scenery create an unforgettable diving experience.

Something Different

A diving & culture combo in the Caribbean is something completely different than the usual diving journeys we have on offer. If you are looking to do something else that still offers a stellar underwater experience, this one might be it! 🌊

Marine Protected Area

Jardines de la Reina is protected as a marine park and marine reserve, ensuring the preservation of its pristine coral reefs and vulnerable marine life. Diving in a protected are is just a tad bit more special. 🌏

A BTM Travel Special

"A combo of this magnitude doesn't come by often. One of the best dive spots in the Caribbean combined with a cultural richness that not a lot of countries can offer... We are proud to offer this one actually."

- Marcel, BTM Travel founder -

Meet your BTM Trip leader

David Serradell

Professional Photographer & Trip Leader

Cuba De La Reina 🇹đŸ‡ș

February 15th - 28 , 2026

Liveaboard Jardines de la Reina Price:

€ 4.299
  • per person in a shared deluxe cabin (see details below for what is included in this price)

Included:

  • 7 nights accommodation in a shared deluxe cabin
  • 3 dives/day (17 dives + 1 night dive)
  • All meals, snacks, filtered water, coffee and juice
  • 6 speciality beverages per day (alcohol, soft drinks)
  • Tanks and weights

Not included:

  • Airfare
  • Land transfers to and from Jucaro Port (can be arranged upon request)
  • Land portion tips and crew gratuities
  • Beverages beyond the daily allotment of 6
  • Equipment Rental
  • Port Fee: 200 EUR
  • Conservation fee: 100 EUR
  • Nitrox: € 100 pp.

Price with Optional Cuba Tour:

€ 5.999
  • per person (see details below for what is included in this price)

Included:

  • See tab “Cuba Tour Itinerary” for the full itinerary!
  • Roundtrip and private transfers in air-conditioned vehicle (taxi/minivan/microbus/bus) of local standard quality with driver.
  • Excursions, visits, hotels, restaurants and entrance fees according to the program
  • 1. to 7. day local English-speaking guide
  • 6 nights in the above-mentioned accommodations (according to availability)
  • 6 x breakfast / 4 x lunch / 1 x dinner

Not included:

  • All meals and drinks not mentioned in the program (see “Cuba Tour – Itinerary” Tab)
  • Personal expenses and tipping of any kind
  • Optional excursions

Important: We highly recommend DiveAssure insurance which also covers force majeure and single missed days of diving due to sickness. Feel free to ask us about it. Further extensions in the Caribbean are always possible we’re happy to assist! Our terms & conditions apply!

Get in touch!

1.Day 15 Feb 2026 Welcome to Havana (25 km)

Reception and welcome at the airport and transfer to your accommodation in Havana.

Transfer Havana Airport – Havana City

Overnight in: Standard Room with Breakfast
Hotel Palacio de los Corredores (**** Plus) 15 Feb 2026 – 17 Feb 2026

A former custom office during the colonial times, this eclectic building has been turned into an elegant 55- room hotel. The discreet terrace overlooking the Plaza de San Francisco is the ideal place to enjoy the last rays of the sun.

2.Day 16 Feb 2026 Havana – Colonial & Modern (50 km)

In 1982, the UNESCO declared Havana’s historic city center as a world cultural heritage site. There is no city in whole Latin America with a larger colonial center. Enjoy a walking tour exploring the old city centre through the alleys and over the squares of Old-Havana: Plaza de Armas, Templete, Palacio de los Capitanes Generales, Plaza de la Catedral, Plaza Vieja… Also enjoy a panoramic tour passing by the Malecón, Hotel Nacional, Avenida de los Presidentes, Plaza de la Revolución, Quinta Avenida and much more.

Walking tour through the historic centre of Old Havana.

Visit to Museum Palacio de Segundo Cabo:

The Palacio de Segundo Cabo was built in 1770 and today it still maintains its original charm. As the first interactive museum to open in Cuba it rethinks the classic museum layout in order to enrich the experience of visitors. It is the center for the interpretation of Cuba-Europe cultural relations. The modern museum uses new technologies to highlight the link between the two regions in the fields of heritage and culture

Lunch at the Paladar ” Moneda Cubana”.

Tour of the Havana Club Rum Museum:

A Journey to the origin of the most famous drink of Cuba. From the cut of the sugar cane, to the distillery process and the aging cellars, you will discover the process of elaboration of the rum, essential part of the authentic Cuban culture. A glass of rum will be offered at the end of the guided tour.

Panoramic Tour in Classic convertible car inside Havana.

Revolution Square – Plaza de la Revolución:

The Revolution Square is a public square and with 72,000 square meters one of the largest in the world. It was created in the time of President Fulgencio Batista and was originally called Civic Square. Nevertheless its international fame began with the Cuban Revolution. Here you find the Monument of José Martí, the Ministry of the Interior with the well-known image of Che Guevara and the Ministry of Communication with the image of Camilo Cienfuegos.

3.Day 17 Feb 2026 Havana – Bay of Pigs (220 km)

In the morning, drive in the direction of Central Cuba to the Peninsula de Zapata. One of the country`s most diverse ecosystems and UNESCO Biosphere reserve.

Finca Fiesta Campesina

About 400 meters on the right after the exit “Jagüey Grande/Australia” on the Autopista Nacional you can find this rustic “Finca Rest Area” with a kind of mini-zoo and the possibility to get acquainted with a variety of the typical native flora and fauna. The highlights are the delicious coffee specialties, which are served with a piece of sugar cane. (1 fruits snack & 1 juice included. / Drinks and other meals not included.)

Casa del Zunzún

The roomy backyard of Bernabé’s house has become a natural space for a great variety of Cuban bird species to live in absolute freedom. Among them you will find the “bijirita” (vermivora bachmanii), the “tocororo”(priotelus temnurus), the “carpintero” (picidae) and the “toti” (ptiloxena atroviolaceus). The highlight of the visit will be watching a zunzuncito (hummingbird), the smallest bird in the world, having a sip of water from the very hand of Bernabé.

Lunch at the restaurant “Cueva de los Peces”

Specializing in regional cuisine, the restaurant is surrounded by lots of vegetation and is located right next to the deepest flooded cave in Cuba, the “Cueva de los Peces”. Here you can snorkel and find paths that connect other cenotes, as well as observe different species of birds and reptiles, making this restaurant an unforgettable experience.

Villa Plata Tropical (*** Star) 17 Feb 2026 – 18 Feb 2026

The house Villa Plata Tropical is a beautiful and modern property that perfectly fit in a natural and very quiet environment. The house offers a total of 7 spacious rooms with a nice decoration

4.Day 18 Feb 2026 Bay of Pigs – Cienfuegos – Trinidad (255 km)

In the morning drive to Cienfuegos, a port town characterized by its French colonial architecture also known as the “Pearl of the South”. Walk through the historic city center with its main square José Martí and the nostalgic Terry Theater, where Caruso used to sing. Continue along the panoramic coastal road to Trinidad, a UNESCO world cultural heritage site.

Excursion “Enigma de las Rocas”

Trek through a rocky forest area and flooded caves where birds, reptiles and other species can be watched.

Walking tour through the historic centre of Cienfuegos

Palacio de Valle

This is probably the most famous building in Cienfuegos. It was built in 1917 by Cuban and foreign architects for the sugar baron Acisclo del Valle Blanco. Its architecture is a mixture of Gothic, Venetian and Moorish elements. (1 Cocktail included.)

Paddle Punta Gorda kayak tour Private without transfer

Enjoy half-day of kayaking in the bay of Cienfuegos. From the sea you will be able to appreciate the neighborhood of Punta Gorda and its eclectic architecture. After a break in the north-eastern part of the bay, you will continue to the Marlin Marina, where the tour ends.

Overnight in Hotel Mystique Trinidad (***** Star) 18 Feb 2026 – 21 Feb 2026 (Deluxe Standard Room with Breakfast)

La Popa is situated on top of a hill that dominates the entire city and right beside the ruins of an old church. This high-standard hotel was inaugurated at the start of 2020. The hotel’s terrace is in a privileged location which offers a spectacular views of sunsets over the sea. The centrally located pool is ideal to escape the Trinitarian heat.

5.Day 19 Feb 2026 Trinidad

One full day for Trinidad. Founded in the year 1514 and today the country`s most perfectly preserved colonial city. City walking tour through the old town with Plaza Mayor

Walking tour historic centre of Trinidad

Museo Romántico Palacio Brunet

Guided tour of the Romantic Museum of Trinidad. See the furniture, porcelain and various objects to get a glimpse into how one of the most prominent families in Trinidad lived during the 18th Century.

Lunch at the private restaurant (paladar) “La Ceiba”

Under the shade of an impressive leafy kapok tree, symbol of Afro-Cuban religion, you can experience unforgettable moments. Enjoy local cuisine with a wide range of Caribbean dishes in a pleasant garden atmosphere with a fantastic view of the picturesque mountain landscape.

Cocktail Lesson at Paladar “La Ceiba”

Under the shade of an impressive and leafy kapok tree, symbol of Afro-Cuban religion you can experience unforgettable moments. Learn more about the history of cocktails made in Cuba today. The bartender will introduce you to this art and you will learn how to mix different national cocktails easily. Afterwards, of course, you can try one of the refreshing cocktails.

Canopy Valle de los Ingenios

A truly spectacular adventure in Trinidad. Enjoy the breathtaking view over the sugar mill valley while you propel down the five zip lines.

Slave watchtower – Torre Manaca Iznaga

Visit to the Manaca-Iznaga-Tower which offers a wonderful panoramic view of the Valle de los Ingenios. It weirdly served as watchtower to prevent slaves from escaping the Finca.

6.Day 20 Feb 2026 Trinidad & Sierra Escambray (70 km)

In the morning, head to the mountain health resort and national park Topes de Collantes (800 m) in den Sierra del Escambray, Cuba’s second highest mountain range. 30 minute drive along a curvy street through the rainforest. On the way, photo opportunity with panoramic view over the Caribbean ocean. A paradise for hikers, bird watchers and botanists.

Excursion Canyoning in the heights of the Nengoa

Side by side with a trained guide and perfectly equipped you climb into the depths of the Nengoa Cave! Experience an unforgettable and, above all, adrenaline-packed adventure! The Topes de Collantes National Park is just the right spot to practice outdoor sports such as canyoning. The different levels of difficulty of the gorges in the national park enable even visitors without prior knowledge to enjoy this unique experience. However, swimming skills are a must! After a short briefing almost every visitor, experienced or inexperienced, is prepared for the descent. Of course, the entire excursion is accompanied by trained staff who are available all the time. In addition to the adventurous descent, visitors can also enjoy the unique flora and fauna and a microclimate that only exists here.

7.Day 21 Feb 2026 Trinidad – Jucaro ( 170 km)

Early in the mormining transfer from Trinidad to Jucaro to make boarding with Avalon II liveaboard.

The Avalon II

Jardines Avalon II, a 136′ long and 25′ wide professional steel yacht, adheres to SOLAS shipping standards, typical of Avalon Fleet’s vessels. Powered by diesel, it maintains a cruising speed of 10 knots and is equipped with 110-volt power onboard.

The yacht boasts a spacious, air-conditioned salon and dining area, along with a sun deck featuring a hot tub (Jacuzzi), lounge and deck chairs, stereo system, shaded wet bar and grill, as well as a comprehensive photo center complete with digital video and still photo editing capabilities.

There is no WIFI aboard the boats during the week in Jardines de la Reina. The JA4 can occasionally have very‘very’ slow and unreliable internet, though it is best to assume there will be no WIFI. There is also no cell service out in Jardines de la Reina as you are 60 miles off the coast of Cuba.

Itinerary

Saturday

  • Transfers to Jucaro Port (3hrs to 6hrs)
  • Board between 2 -3pm
  • Navigate out to the Gardens (3-5hrs)

Sunday – Friday:

  • Diving and Adventures
  • 2 dives AM – Lunch – 2 dives PM

Friday mid-day:

  • 2 x morning dives
  • Wash & hang gear to dry
  • Head back to Jucaro Port
  • Overnight in port aboard mothership

Saturday early morning:

  • Disembark and transfers accordingly

Cuba

Cuba, a Caribbean island nation, is renowned for its rich cultural heritage and vibrant atmosphere. From its colorful streets adorned with classic cars to its pulsating music and dance scene, Cuba exudes a unique charm that captivates visitors from around the world. The island’s history, shaped by indigenous TaĂ­no peoples, Spanish colonization, African influences, and more recent revolutionary movements, has left an indelible mark on its culture. Visitors can explore UNESCO World Heritage sites like Old Havana, where cobblestone streets lead to majestic colonial-era buildings and lively plazas resonating with the rhythms of salsa music. Cuba’s cultural richness is also evident in its literature, art, and cuisine, which reflect the country’s diverse heritage and resilience in the face of historical challenges.

Beneath the turquoise waters that surround Cuba lies a breathtaking underwater world teeming with life. The island’s extensive coral reefs, including the renowned Gardens of the Queen, harbor a dazzling array of marine species, from colorful reef fish to majestic sharks and graceful sea turtles. These ecosystems provide vital habitat for countless marine organisms and support the livelihoods of local communities dependent on fishing and ecotourism. Moreover, Cuba’s commitment to environmental conservation has led to the establishment of marine protected areas and initiatives aimed at preserving its marine biodiversity for future generations to enjoy.

In addition to its natural beauty, Cuba’s underwater world offers unparalleled opportunities for exploration and adventure. Scuba divers and snorkelers flock to the island to discover its pristine reefs, underwater caves, and sunken shipwrecks, where they can encounter an astonishing diversity of marine life in crystal-clear waters. Whether exploring vibrant coral gardens, encountering playful dolphins, or marveling at the eerie beauty of underwater caves, Cuba’s marine treasures never fail to leave a lasting impression on visitors, inspiring awe and appreciation for the wonders of the ocean.

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Jurassic Cocos – 09/2026

September 26 - October 6, 2026

+++ Jurassic Cocos +++

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The Island of Sharks

If you like the following, this trip might be for you:

Shark Heaven 🩈

If you say Cocos, you say sharks. And tons of them: whale sharks cruising by, white tip reef sharks, tiger sharks and of course... the schools of hundreds of hammerheads hanging in the cold current. If you are a shark lover, Cocos is a must do.

Thousands of Fish 🌊

Cocos is globally recognised for it shark diversity, but just as spectacular are the huge schools of fish hanging in the blazing current. Schools of jacks, barracuda, trevally and so many more are crowding divesites all around the island.

Protected Island 🌳

Cocos is a green oasis in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. It's status as a marine protected area ensures that there is no fishing around the region, and it's strict regulations ensure you won't see any other dive groups around on any divesite!

Top 5 🏆

The world's best divespots are often up for discussion, but there are some places that transcend personal opinions and are unanimously seen as the diving community as 'world class'. Cocos Island is definitely under that bracket.

Costa Rica đŸ‡šđŸ‡·

Costa Rica has incredible natural resources accessible to its visitors: National parks, rain forests, mountains and pristine beaches. We can craft tons of extensions to combine the underwater spectacle with on land treasures.

Combo Trip Lead đŸ›©ïž

For this is one our most special of dive travels, both Marcel and Tim of BTM Travel will be joining. The beating heart of our dive agency will make sure you are in good hands, don't miss a dive and don't get bored after dives!

World Class

Cocos is a world class dive location, and that is a description we refrain from using undeservedly. The topography, marine life and ambience are unique to the region and incomparable to any other place in the world.

La Isla del Coco

"Cocos is a lush, green uninhabited island resting 342 miles off Costa Rica's Pacific coast. Rocky pinnacles surrounding Cocos are beacons for big animals and big action. Schooling hammerheads, countless white-tip sharks, mantas, tuna and even whale sharks call Cocos home."

- Agressor Fleet -

"When I get asked for the best or my favorite dive site in the world I always name Cocos Island. It's not just the magic of this island which makes me want to return. The diversity under water and exclusivity of diving in these waters make it special to me. Also, I simply love Costa Rica itself..."

- Marcel, BTM Travel Founder -

Meet your BTM Trip Leaders

Marcel Wilpernig

BTM Travel Founder & Tour leader

Tim De Deygere

BTM Travel Product Manager

Jurassic Cocos

Sep 26 - October 6, 2026

Trip price:

USD 6.649
  • per person (see details below for what is included in this price)

Included:

  • 10 night cruise in a deluxe room (upgrade possible)
  • 3 meals a day, drinks, coffee, local beer included
  • Afternoon snacks
  • 7 days of diving
  • Weights, tanks, guides, skiff service
  • Transfers from accomodation to the boat and back

Not included:

  • National Park Fee $ 490 plus 13% VAT
  • Flights from/to San JosĂ© Juan Santamaria Int. Airport
  • Overnight prior and after the cruise and additional land tours
  • Diving insurance & trip insurances
  • Crew tip 10% are expected if you’re satisfied with the service

Important: We highly recommend DiveAssure insurance which also covers force majeure and single missed days of diving due to sickness. Feel free to ask us about it. Further extensions in Costa Rica are always possible we’re happy to assist! Our terms & conditions apply!

Get in touch!

Itinerary

Sep 26 Day 1 Embarkation & sailing
Sep 27 Day 2 Sailing arriving late night
Sep 28 Day 3 Diving
Sep 29 Day 4 Diving
Sep 30 Day 5 Diving
Oct 1 Day 6 Diving
Oct 2 Day 7 Diving
Oct 3 Day 8 Diving
Oct 4 Day 9 Diving & sailing back after 3rd dive
Oct 6 Day 10 sailing
Oct 7 Day 11 arrival Puntarenas

Cocos Top Dive Sites

Alcyone

A 600’ long submerged mountain, the top of the mountain is 75’ from the surface. Schooling Hammerheads, Mantas and schooling fish. Possible Sailfish or Marlin.

Big Dos Amigos

This islet features a 45-foot-high arch and 60-foot pinnacle off the southeast side. Look for Rainbow Runners, Yellowtail Snapper, Bigeye Jacks and lobster. Hammerheads swim between the pinnacle and arch.

Bird Island, Chatham Bay

Dove from Chatham Bay, southeast of Manuelita, this site provides a variety of marine life including Frog Fish, lobsters, morays, rays, White Tip Sharks and Hammerheads. There is even a cleaning station.

Dirty Rock

A large island with schools of Marble Rays and Hammerheads.

Lone Stone

Schooling Marble Rays and Mobula Rays.

Manuelita

The northeast corner has asheer wall. Lots of White Tips, Marble Rays and schools of Creoles.

Special Sightings

Whale Sharks, mating Eagle Rays, Sail Fish, mating White Tip Sharks, False Killer Whales.

Ubing Rock, Wafer Bay

This 300’ rock begins at 20’ and drops to a 110’ sandy bottom. The southeast slope attracts schooling Hammerheads.

Cocos Aggressor

We like this boat.

Designed with comfort and stability in mind, the Cocos Island Aggressor presents a spacious 38-meter liveaboard experience for up to 22 guests across its 11 staterooms. The accommodations are divided into 4 master staterooms on the upper deck and 7 deluxe staterooms on the lower deck, each complete with a private bathroom, shower, and individual air conditioning controls. Ample locker space ensures convenience for storing dive gear.

Beyond the staterooms, the vessel boasts inviting communal spaces such as a generously sized salon, expansive sun deck with loungers and deck chairs, a well-appointed bar, and a grill for outdoor dining experiences. Culinary offerings are a highlight, with a varied menu featuring lighter fare for lunches including hot soups, salads, and sandwiches, while dinners are crafted by the skilled onboard chef.

Thirst-quenching options abound, with a selection of complimentary fruit juices, soft drinks, water, iced tea, coffee, and a limited assortment of local beer and wine. Guests can indulge in the convenience of all-inclusive dining, snacks, and beverages throughout their journey aboard the Cocos Island Aggressor.

Intro to Cocos Island

Located in the Eastern Tropical Pacific, 300 miles southwest of Cabo Blanco, Costa Rica, lies the renowned Cocos Island Marine Park. A rugged yet incredibly verdant island, this World Heritage Site is the spectacularly beautiful crown jewel of Costa Rica’s many National Parks. In 1994, after several return visits to the island, Jacques Cousteau pronounced Cocos, “The most beautiful island in the world.”

The island has an irregular coastline, which makes precise estimation of its land area more a matter of opinion than a surveyor’s science, but it is roughly five miles by two miles (8 x 3 kilometers). Cocos Island was formed during a volcanic upheaval about two-and-a-half million years ago and is composed of basaltic rock, labradorite and andesite lava flows. Its landmass is punctuated by four mountain peaks, the highest of which is Cerro Iglesias, at 2,080 feet or 634 meters above the sea. There are only two bays with safe anchorages and sandy beaches: Chatham is located on the northeast side and Wafer Bay is on the northwest. Just off Cocos are a series of smaller basaltic rocks and islets. The largest satellite is Isla Manuelita (formerly Nuez).

Thanks to the breathtaking marine life in its waters, Cocos Island was named one of the ten best scuba diving spots in the world by PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) and a “must do” according to diving experts. Among Cocos Island’s many attributes is a startling degree of biodiversity. This island’s world-renowned waters explode with life including innumerable white tip reef sharks, schooling hammerheads, dolphins, mantas and marbled rays, giant moray eels, sailfish, and of course the occasional whale shark. Other common encounters are large schools of jacks and tuna, silky sharks, silver tips, marlin, Creole fish, green turtles and octopus.

Cocos Island is also home to at least 27 endemic fish species including the exotic rosy-lipped batfish. The terrestrial life at Cocos also exhibits a high number of endemic species. The island is home to 70 of the 235 identified vascular plant species in the world, some 25 species of moss, 27 species of liverwort and 85 species of fungus. There are upwards of 87 bird species, including the famous Cocos Island cuckoo, finch and flycatcher. There are 362 species of insects, of which 64 are endemic. Two native reptiles are found only on the Island.

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Depths of Arabia – 03/2026

22 March - 2 April, 2026

+++ Saudi Arabia +++

Farasan South on the Pioneer

If you like the following, this trip might be for you:

Different Red SeađŸȘŒ

The Red Sea is an all time divers favourite: easy accessible and good value for money combo. Saudi Arabia has a lot of areas which have been less explored. If you have dove a lot around the Egyptian part of the Red Sea and are ready for something different, you might want to try this part!

Big Stuff 🩈

This unexplored area has a lot of "Big Stuff" flying through it. There are chances to see schools of hammerheads, dolphins and even whale sharks are spotted o Farasan South! In order for us to get lucky, we need to be in the water a lot and this is ensured on this trip!

Best Season 🌍

We chose the best timing possible to ensure top conditions: in March, water temperature is comfortable, and visibility is at its best. It's also a perfect time to escape the last winter conditions at home and head out for a short adventure along the Middle East!

Colourful Reefs đŸȘž

This area of the Red Sea is home to ravishing reefs that host a ton of diversity. If you like macro, you'll def find what you like here!

Unknown Territory đŸ«§

A lot of the divesites we will be floating around are still largely unexplored. Be part of this group and find out the difference for yourself!

Brand New Boat â›”

The Pioneer is a brand new boat, just commissioned this year and will be well up to speed by the time we board it! Go look at the pics below!

Short Travel

Saudi Arabia is a fairly short travel compared to a lot of other top reef destinations! A 6 hour flight from Central Europe takes you to Jeddah!

Red Sea untouched!

"We've been hearing tons of good things about Saudi Arabia's wildlife lately and wanted to answer the calls to go there ourselves. With a brand new boat in the Pioneer, we feel like we really chose a vessel that can match a top itinerary like this one. Tons of stories to be made on this one!"

- Marcel Wilpernig, BTM Travel founder

Meet your BTM Trip leader

Kalle Kaub

Photographer, Polar Guide

Saudi Arabia - Farasan South

March 22 - April 2, 2026

Trip price:

€ 2.795
  • per person (see details below for what is included in this price)

Included:

  • Transfer to the Boat on Arrival
  • 10 nights / 10 dive days on Saudi Pioneer in a basic cabin (upgrades available at surcharge)
  • Full board, non-alcoholic drinks (no alcohol allowed in Saudi Arabia)
  • 2-4 dives daily incl. dive master, weights & tanks
  • Transfer back to Jeddah
  • Last night overnight in Clarion Hotel, B&B, Double/Twin occupancy
  • Transfer Out ot Airport on day of departure

Not included:

  • Local expenses: Euro 35,00 x diving day per person = 350 € per person
  • Service charge including crew and dive guides tips: Euro 15 per diving day = 150 € per person
  • Fuel surcharge ( from 27/01/2023 ): Euro 7,00 x diving day per perso= 70 € per person
  • Rental Equipment
  • Flights
  • Saudi Arabia Visa Fees and special mandatory insurance (SAR 300) and insurance (SAR 140) ~ 110 € per person

We highly recommend DiveAssure insurance which also covers force majeure cases and single missed days of diving due to sickness. Our terms & conditions apply!

Get in touch!

March 22 Arrival in Jeddah – Transfer to Al Lith 120 km. – Boarding and Start of the cruise
March 23 – April 1: 10 days of diving –  2 dives on April 1 and afternoon transfer to Jeddah
April 1- 2: overnight in Jeddah Clarion Hotel in double b&b
April 2: transfer to airport for Departure

South of the Farasan Banks we can find a multitude of reefs and islands yet to be discovered; 20 miles after passing Jabbara, the southernmost island on the usual itinerary, we reach the wide lagoon of Mubarak reef and then continue farther south where we can find the islands of Tedkar, Muska, Sharbayn and Dorish and a multitude of reefs including sha’ab Abu Kulur, Al Halah and Ring reefs with their walls that dive into the blue.

In this area the sea is dotted with small islands and coral reefs, each of which can be a beautiful dive.
These are unknown places where no one has ever dived and where everything is yet to be discovered. We will be there.

TECHNICAL CHARACTERISTICS
Length 40 meters
Width 9.5 meters
Cruising speed 8 knots
Engines 2 Cummins 750 hp
Fuel capacity 53 tons
Water capacity 34 tons
Watermakers 2 x 5,000 liters per day
Generators 2 x 125 kW + 1 x 50 kW
Electrical voltage 220 volts – 24 volts
Electrical outlets Type C
Instrumentation radar, echo sounder, G.P.S., plotter, VHF radio, DCS, SSB radio, satellite telephone
Safety equipment oxygen kit, first aid, 2 life rafts, fire alarm

CABINS
Upper deck 1 cabin with side-by-side beds
Middle deck 2 cabins with side-by-side beds, 1 cabin suite with double bed
Lower deck 6 cabins with side-by-side beds, 1 cabin suite with double bed
Private bathrooms and air conditioning with independent controls in all cabins

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia remains one of the least dived areas of the Red Sea. Since 2019 it is again possible to apply for tourist visa and the kingdom has become much easier for many Europeans to travel. New exciting opportunities for divers have become available. Saudi arabia has with 1.600 km of coastline 79% fo the Arabian Peninsula’s Red Sea shoreline and there are as many reefs as in the rest of the Red Sea put together.

It is difficult to comprehend the enormity of Saudi Arabia; a country that covers four-fifths of the Arabian Peninsula. The lifeless desert of the inland Empty Quarter is larger than France, Belgium and the Netherlands combined.

Most of the reefs and coastline remains unexplored. This lends itself perfectly to a liveaboard cruise, but even then, you will only explore a small fraction of the coastline. While there is still no official protection of reefs in Saudi Arabia, there is little large-scale commercial fishing, so even the reefs near the cities remain of a high standard. Many dive sites still remain to be discovered by recreational diver. Our trip will lead to Farasan Banks. A place to be known for the best diving down there.

Water temperatures are generally about 25–35°C. Although air temperatures in Saudi Arabia are known to reach an incredible 48°C in the summer, coastal temperatures are a little more moderate with higher humidity. Jeddah’s temperature hovers around 29–37°C throughout the year and the city has an average annual rainfall of just 61mm.

If you’re interested in exploring Saudi Arabia before or after the cruise we can arrange a guided tour starting from Jeddah (from 4 to 12 days based on individual offers). Ask as for more information.

Please note:  Itinerary can change due to government or captain’s decisions. This destinations has expedition character so we don’t excpect everything to work like in well know tourist destinations like Egypt or similar.

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Wild Alaska – 06/2026

June 21 - 27, 2026
June 28 - July 4, 2026

+++ WILD đŸ‡ș🇾 ALASKA +++

Salmon Sharks, Bears and Eagles

If you like the following, this trip might be for you:

Salmon Sharks 🩈

Alaska is one of the only places in the world where you can snorkel with the elusive Salmon Shark. This dinosaur looking shark is a master of heat regulation to help with bursts of speed in icy waters for prey. There aren't many shark experiences as unique as this one. Mane jellyfish are an also guaranteed highlight, together with daily sessions of whale spotting.

Bears and Eagles 🩅

Being largely uninhabited, Alaska's land areas host an abundance of life. Eagles, different type of bird species, and of course the enigmatic bears that roam the green grasses and forests. After spending the most of the morning and afternoon in the water, we will have daily excursions to find and photograph as many of these animals as possible.

Pure Wilderness đŸŒČ

Alaska is one of the last remaining wilderness frontiers on Earth. It boasts expansive landscapes, including towering mountains, glaciers, fjords, forests, tundra, and rivers, providing habitats for a wide range of wildlife species. This remoteness contributes to the sense of awe and wonder that many people experience when visiting this place. It's really, really special.

Ravencroft Lodge 🛖

Our accommodation is the top rated and locally owned Ravencroft Lodge. The lodge does not pretend to be anything it's not: it's simple, quiet, tidy and blends in perfectly with its surrounding natural beauty.

Intimate Group ⭕

One of the cornerstones of our travel adventures is our small group travel. By keeping our circles small, we safeguard the authenticity of the animal encounters and the overal experience. 7 guests on one boat, that's it!

Above & Below 🌊

With both salmon sharks, jellyfish, bears, birds and tons of other land animals, this trip offers the very unusual combo of animal excellence both above and below the waterline. Something that doesn't come often!

Remote Wonders

This trip is a nature highlight and unique in our portfolio. We pledge to bring a group of dynamic and likeminded nature enthusiast together for an experience that sticks a lifetime.

Elite Destination

Alaska on top of as good as all of our client's bucket lists. It's a destination you save for and with good reason. It's wild character and untouched natural resources form one of America's biggest prides.

Nature At It's Finest

"I think Alaska is just one of these places that need little introduction. Everybody has an idea in his head of what it looks like. Vast green patches full of wildlife. Salmon sharks have been fascinating me for years. I cannot wait to go out and explore here. Hope to hear a bear while falling asleep too." 

- Marcel, BTM Travel founder -

Your Trip Leaders

Marcel Wilpernig

BTM Travel Founder & Trip Leader

Tim De Deygere

BTM Travel Product Manager & Trip Leader

Wild Alaska

Trip 1: June 21 - 27, 2026

Trip 2: June 28 - July 4, 2026

Trip Price:

$ 6.999
  • per person in a basic room (see details below for what is included in this price)

Included:

  • 5 snorkel days with sharks and jellyfish, topside tours with bears, whales and eagles
  • Private room each with two twin beds *
  • Meals, snacks
  • Wetsuits (let us know sizes 3 months ahead of trip, if needed) snorkel gear
  • Weights
  • Water-taxi transfers from Valdez, AK to lodge. 

* Accommodations Basic single occupancy rooms with two twin beds are provided. Shared bathrooms and showers are located at end of building under covered, walk around porch.

Not included:

  • Flights
  • Alcohol & soft drinks
  • Large snacks
  • Internet
  • Gratuities. 

Important: We highly recommend DiveAssure insurance which also covers force majeure and single missed days of diving due to sickness. Feel free to ask us about it. Further extensions in Indonesia are always possible we’re happy to assist! Our terms & conditions apply!

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ITINERARY

Day 1 (trip 1: June 21, trip 2: June 28)

Travel day from Valdez, AK to Lodge. Depart at 10am. Lunch not included, so be sure to bring a lunch when you arrive. 

We’ll swing by Columbia Glacier for a quick snorkel dip and look for sea lions, whales and otters (weather permitting). 

Then check into rooms/prep gear with trip briefing/orientation on sharks after dinner. 

Days 2 – 6 (trip 1: June 22-26, trip 2: June 29-3 July)

Salmon Shark/Lions Mane Jellyfish snorkeling starts at 6am. 

Breakfast and Lunch are to go. 

Guided adventures end at 12pm. 

If you still have energy after shark time, you’ll have free time to 5pm for self-guided adventures such as hiking, beachcombing, paddleboarding, dock snorkeling or just simply hang out at the main lodge with other guests until dinner is served at 5:30pm. 

Evening topside photography trips for eagles, bears and whales are 7-8pm. 

Day 6 (trip 1: June 27, trip 2: July 4)

Travel day back to Valdez, AK. Sit down breakfast 7:30am at lodge. 

Depart at 9am sharp for Valdez. Arrival back into Valdez approximately 11am. 

The Ravencraft Lodge

Prince William Sound is big even for Alaska standards and in this vast landscape, Ravencroft sits at her heart.  There are no roads to where we are and the nearest lodge is over 80 miles away, across the Sound.  It is only accessible by boat or aircraft and caters to no more then a group of 12 guests at a time.  And because we are so deep into the wilderness, animal life is never far.

The lodge sits on 240 acres of private land that is surrounded by national forest on all sides with an amazing view of Prince William Sound and its impressive historic Chugach Mountain Range. 

The property was once a bustling mine housing over 100 men.  There are still remnants of the frontier with old tools displayed on the lodge deck.  When the lodge was constructed by Boone and his father, many hardships were taken during the progression of raising the structures. The original forest had grown back with little sight of the original footings from the old buildings.  It’s taken many years of blood, sweat and tears to bring this lodge and all its outbuildings to modern standards.  And once again housing adventure seekers to this beautiful area.  When you sit down on one of the decks and let the sounds of nature over take you, it’s easy to see why guests come back year after year.

ALASKA

Alaska’s waters are teeming with fascinating marine life, including the elusive salmon sharks. These sleek predators, often mistaken for their larger cousins, the great white sharks, roam the frigid Alaskan waters in search of their favorite prey: salmon. With their impressive speed and agility, salmon sharks play a vital role in maintaining the delicate balance of the marine ecosystem, showcasing the diversity of Alaska’s underwater world.

On land, Alaska’s iconic brown and black bears reign supreme as the undisputed kings of the wilderness. These majestic creatures, known for their sheer size and power, inhabit the rugged landscapes of Alaska’s forests and mountains. From foraging for berries and roots to hunting for salmon during the annual spawning runs, brown and black bears are integral to the ecological health of Alaska’s ecosystems, embodying the raw beauty and untamed spirit of the Last Frontier.

In the skies above, Alaska’s skies are ruled by the magnificent bald eagles, symbols of freedom and strength. With their striking white heads and powerful wingspans, bald eagles soar gracefully over Alaska’s vast expanses, hunting for fish and scavenging for carrion along the rugged coastline. Revered by indigenous cultures and cherished by wildlife enthusiasts, bald eagles epitomize the spirit of Alaska’s untamed wilderness, serving as both guardians of the land and ambassadors of the wild.

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French Polynesia Aquatiki III Dive trip – 03-04/2026

25. March - 08. April 2026

+++ Best of Tuamotus +++

French Polynesia

FĂŒhlst du dich angesprochen, dann komm mit uns mit!

Nord- und SĂŒdkanal

Diese beiden KanĂ€le gehören zu den spektakulĂ€rsten TauchplĂ€tzen in Fakarava. Mit ihren oft starken Strömungen bieten sie das ganze Jahr ĂŒber aufregende TauchgĂ€nge und gehören zu den Höhepunkten einer jeden Reise zu den Tuamotus.

KanÀle

KanĂ€le befinden sich in den Atollen zwischen Lagunen und Inseln, wo anspruchsvolle StrömungstauchgĂ€nge möglich sind. An den EingĂ€ngen zu den KanĂ€len kannst du bei einlaufender Strömung mit Großfischen tauchen.

Großfisch

Im offenen Ozean trifft man auf eine FĂŒlle von Großfischen wie Mantas und Adlerrochen, Haie verschiedener Arten und GrĂ¶ĂŸen, Stachelrochen, Thunfische, Delfine und sogar Schwertfische.

Wall of Sharks

An der "Wall of Sharks" geht es meist zu wie auf der Autobahn zur Rushhour, wenn hunderte oder mehr Grauhaie auf dem Corso an der SĂŒdwand patrouillieren!

Kleingruppe

Die Reise wird mit maximal 10 Teilnehmern durchgefĂŒhrt, um ein maximales Naturerlebnis zu ermöglichen.

Flexible Route

Unser Reiseleiter Peter kennt nach ĂŒber 20 Reisen zu den Tuamotus die Tauchgebiete fast so gut wie die Crew. Ein flexibles Routing um die bestmöglichen TauchgĂ€nge zu gewĂ€hrleisten steht an der Tagesordnung!

Französisch Polynesien

"Seit ich 1999 zum ersten Mal Französisch-Polynesien besuchte, habe ich mich in die Insel Tahiti verliebt. Dort taucht man nicht, um Nacktschnecken zu beobachten. Man taucht in kristallklarem Wasser mit großen Fischen, abseits der Norm und des Massentourismus."

- Peter Löseke, Filmemacher -

Treffe deinen BTM-Reiseleiter

Peter Löseke

Filmemacher & Reiseleiter

Best of Tuamotus with Behind the Mask

25. March - 08. April 2026

Reisepreis:

€ 6.849
  • pro Person

Inklusive:

  • 14 NĂ€chte Tauchkreuzfahrt ab / bis Fakarava
  • Flughafentransfer ab/an Flughafen Fakarava oder Hotel/GĂ€stehaus
  • Vollpension inkl. Wasser
  • 2 TauchgĂ€nge pro Tag inkl. Flasche, Blei, Guide und Nitrox

Extrakosten:

  • Anreise nach Tahiti bzw. Ins Tuamotu Atoll
  • Tauch- und Reiseversicherung
  • Eventuelles Vorprogramm oder Stopover-Übernachtungen
  • LeihausrĂŒstung
  • Lokale Steuern ca. 1 € / Tag
  • VIP Kabine Doppelbett, Meerblick 600 € pro Person / Trip
  • Trinkgelder an Bord

Die genaue Route ist flexibel und die Termine können sich aufgrund von InlandsflĂŒgen um 1-2 Tage nach vorne oder hinten verschieben. Das Routing an sich bleibt generell offen. Es werden die besten Tauchspots der Tuamotus angefahren je nach Wetterbedingungen.

Wichtig: min. 4 Buchungen, um diese Gruppe zu bestĂ€tigen und durchzufĂŒhren.  Wir empfehlen dringend den Abschluss einer Reiseversicherung bei unserem Partner DiveAssure.

Es gelten unsere AGB!

Get in touch!

Reiseablauf

Start/Ende Fakarava – Das Beste der Tuamotus

Die Tauchsafari beginnt und endet in Fakarava, eine Flugstunde von Tahiti entfernt.

Die 15 NĂ€chte Reise umfasst die besten TauchplĂ€tze des Tuamoto-Archipels. Fakarava ist eines der berĂŒhmtesten Tauchgebiete in Französisch-Polynesien, da es wahrscheinlich die reichsten und spektakulĂ€rsten Unterwasserlandschaften bietet.

Je nach Wetter und Bedingungen kannst du 13 Tauchtage mit bis zu maximal 2 TauchgÀngen tÀglich erwarten.

Tauchsafaris auf der Aqua Tiki III sind keine “Hardcore”-Tauchsafaris, sondern vielmehr eine sehr gelungene Symbiose aus entspannendem Tauchen und Inselerlebnissen. Du erkundest die besten TauchplĂ€tze, KanĂ€le, Riffe und Lagunen entlang der Route durch die Atolle Fakarava, Tetamanu, Kauehi und Toau.

FĂŒr diejenigen, die kein Anschlussprogramm geplant haben, endet die Reise auf der Aquatiki III am 01. Oktober. Alternativ kann man auch lĂ€nger in Französisch-Polynesien bleiben, z.B. auf den Tuamotus, Tahiti oder auch auf Moorea oder Bora-Bora. Wir beraten dich gerne unverbindlich ĂŒber die Möglichkeiten, die individuell auf deine Wunschtage abgestimmt werden können.

Aquatiki III

Die Aquatiki III ist ein Katamaran der Marke Fountaine Pajot, gebaut in La Rochelle, Frankreich.

Der Komfort an Bord ist eines Hotels wĂŒrdig: ein großer, sehr komfortabler Bereich mit Videoecke, Lounge-Bibliothek und Cocktailbar. Eine amerikanische KĂŒche, ein großes Deck das durch ein Vordach vor der Sonne geschĂŒtzt ist, wo die Mahlzeiten serviert werden, ein großes Sonnendeck, ein vorderer Salon und 2 Trampoline, die im Allgemeinen sehr begehrt sind, sowie eine Grillplattform.

Der Katamaran ist 20 m lang und 9,8 m breit und verfĂŒgt ĂŒber 5 Kabinen fĂŒr insgesamt 10 GĂ€ste: 2 Kabinen mit Doppel- oder Einzelbetten, 1 Kabine mit Etagenbetten fĂŒr 2 Personen und 2 VIP-Doppelkabinen mit TV/Hifi/DVD-Anlage. Sie verfĂŒgen alle ĂŒber eine individuell regulierbare Klimaanlage, ein Soundsystem und ein eigenes Bad mit Toilette.

Der Antrieb wird durch 230 mÂČ Segel und 2 Motoren mit 150 PS gewĂ€hrleistet, mit einem mehr als 1000 Liter großen Kraftstofftank.

Ein leistungsstarker Generator und ein Wechselrichter sorgen fĂŒr die elektrische Versorgung, die kontinuierlich 220 V liefert, mit individuellen 220 V Steckdosen in jeder Kabine 24/7.

Die Aquatiki ist autonom im SĂŒĂŸwasser: mehr als 800 Liter Reserve, mit 2 Entsalzungsanlagen von 190 Litern / Stunde.

Der Katamaran ist mit den modernsten NavigationsgerÀten und den neuesten technischen Entwicklungen ausgestattet, um maximale Sicherheit zu bieten: Autopilot, GPS, BLU, VHF, Computer-Navigationszentrum, Radar, Standard-C-Wetter, Notsignal von Sarsat.

Der Katamaran ist auch mit allen Annehmlichkeiten ausgestattet wie eine Hi-Fi-Anlage mit Soundsystem in jeder Kabine, Fernseher, Videorecorder und DVD mit Videothek. Eine Bibliothek, in der du unter anderem Dokumentationen ĂŒber die Unterwasserfauna, Polynesien, die Schifffahrt usw. findest, sowie zahlreiche Spiele, um die Abende zu gestalten.

Ein Telefon, WIFI und ein Fax per Satellit ermöglichen es, unter allen UmstÀnden und sogar am anderen Ende der Welt in Verbindung zu bleiben!

Französisch Polynesien

Französisch-Polynesien liegt 18.000 km von Frankreich entfernt und besteht aus etwa 118 Inseln vulkanischen oder korallenartigen Ursprungs, die eine FlĂ€che von etwa 4.200 kmÂČ bedecken. Diese Inseln liegen verstreut in einer Region, die so groß ist wie Europa.

Das Klima ist tropisch, warm und feucht, wird aber durch Passatwinde gemildert. Es gibt zwei Jahreszeiten: eine heiße und feuchte Saison (27 bis 35 ° C) von Dezember bis Februar und eine kĂŒhlere Saison (21 bis 27 ° C) von MĂ€rz bis November.

Das Gebiet, das den Status eines Übersee-Territoriums hat, besteht aus 5 Inselgruppen, die jeweils völlig unterschiedliche Landschaften bieten:

  • Im Westen gehören die Inseln Tahiti (die grĂ¶ĂŸte der polynesischen Inseln, mit Papeete als Verwaltungshauptstadt und Moorea) und die Inseln Raiatea, Tahaa, Huahine, Bora-Bora, Maupiti dazu. Dies sind gebirgige Inseln, die von einem Korallenriff und einer Lagune umgeben sind, die die KĂŒste sĂ€umen. Es ist die grĂ¶ĂŸte und am dichtesten besiedelte Region dieses Gebiets.
  • Der 300 km nordöstlich von Tahiti gelegene Tuamotu-Archipel besteht ausschließlich aus flach liegenden Koralleninseln, den so genannten Atollen, sowie aus ausgedehnten SandbĂ€nken, die mit Kokospalmen bewachsen sind und die eine tĂŒrkisfarbene Lagune im Inneren abgrenzen.
  • Der Australes-Archipel (Tubuai, Rurutu), ganz im SĂŒden gelegen, besteht aus 7 gebirgigen Inseln, die von einer Lagune und einem Riff umgeben werden. Das flache GelĂ€nde und subtropische Klima eignen sich gut fĂŒr den GemĂŒseanbau. Von Juli bis Oktober ist im Australes-Archipel der Treffpunkt fĂŒr Wale.
  • Der Gambier-Archipel (Mangareva) im Ă€ußersten Osten des Landes, etwa 1.600 km von Tahiti entfernt, besteht aus vulkanischen Gesteinen. Es sind Überreste eines Vulkans, der von einem Saumriff umgeben ist, aus dem sich dutzende Inseln erheben.
  • Der 1.500 km von Tahiti entfernte Marquesas-Archipel (Nuku Hiva, Hiva Oa) liegt in der NĂ€he des Äquators und besteht aus einer Gruppe Vulkaninseln, die weder eine Lagune noch ein Korallenriff besitzen. Die meisten Inseln sind von kleinen Nebeninseln oder Rifffelsen umgeben. Die Marquesas, genannt Enua Enata (ĂŒbersetz „Die Erde der MĂ€nner“), bieten nur wenige StrĂ€nde, dafĂŒr aber grandiose Landschaften, ĂŒberwiegend gebirgig, stark zerklĂŒftet mit tief eingeschnittenen TĂ€lern, deren FlĂŒsse sich manchmal mit spektakulĂ€ren WasserfĂ€llen ins Meer ergießen.

Tuamotu-Archipel

Der Tuamotu-Archipel, der etwa 300 km nordöstlich von Tahiti liegt, besteht aus 76 Atollen, von denen kaum die HĂ€lfte bewohnt ist. Bei diesen so genannten flachen Inseln handelt es sich um Krater, die unter dem Einfluss der Erosion verschwunden sind und deren von Korallen besiedelte RĂ€nder nur noch aus weißem Sand bestehen, der mit Muscheln ĂŒbersĂ€t und mit Kokospalmen bepflanzt ist, die die Polynesier “Motu” nennen.

Das Klima auf Tuamotu unterscheidet sich von dem der höher gelegenen Inseln von Tahiti und den Inseln im Windschatten. Die warme und feuchte Jahreszeit von Dezember bis Februar ist hier viel gemĂ€ĂŸigter, mit einem erfrischenden Passatwind und geringeren NiederschlĂ€gen (meist in der Nacht), was zu Schwierigkeiten bei der Frischwasserversorgung fĂŒhrt.

Auf den Tuamotu ist die Landschaft völlig unberĂŒhrt, weit weg von jeglichem stĂ€dtischen Trubel. Das Leben auf diesen Atollen ist einfach und ruhig. Die AktivitĂ€ten der Einheimischen, der Paumotus, beschrĂ€nken sich auf getrocknete Kokosnuss, Fischfang und seit einigen Jahren auf die Zucht von Perlmutt Durch Veredelung entsteht die berĂŒhmte schwarze Perle, eine endemische Tuamotu-Art. Die Lagune im Landesinneren ist ein geschĂŒtzter Ort, ideal fĂŒr die Einrichtung von Perlenfarmen und Fischparks.

Jedes Atoll bietet Landschaften von wilder Schönheit. Vom Himmel aus gesehen erscheinen sie wie weiße Ringe auf dem tiefblauen Pazifik. Die Motus sind mit Kokospalmen bewachsen, die von schönen StrĂ€nden umgeben sind, und werden durch kleine KanĂ€le voneinander getrennt. Das Wasser der Lagunen fĂ€rbt sich von ZartgrĂŒn zu TĂŒrkisblau und geht in Violett ĂŒber.

Rangiroa war das bekannteste Paumotu-Atoll, vor allem wegen seiner TauchplĂ€tze. Aber nicht weit von Rangiroa entfernt liegt Fakarava. Fakarava hat den grĂ¶ĂŸten Pass Polynesiens und ist von Atollen umgeben, die die schönsten TauchplĂ€tze Polynesiens bieten.

Tauchen in Französisch-Polynesien

Fakarava-Touren sind TauchausflĂŒge auf hohem Niveau, die auch die anspruchsvollsten Taucher zufriedenstellen werden.

Die Leitung erfolgt durch einen Tauchlehrer, der die Taucher begleitet, und einer Person an der OberflĂ€che, die den Tauchgang stĂ€ndig ĂŒberwacht. Die TauchgĂ€nge werden in den KanĂ€len durchgefĂŒhrt, wobei die Strömungen oft sehr stark sein können!

Je nach Wetterbedingungen und Strömungen werden tĂ€glich 2 TauchgĂ€nge angeboten, außer am An- und Abreisetag.

Die Wassertemperatur schwankt wenig: von 25 ° C im Winter (September) bis 29 ° C im Sommer (MÀrz), ohne Sprungschicht. Die Sichtweiten in diesen kristallklaren GewÀssern sind immer ausgezeichnet.

NachttauchgÀnge sind nicht geplant (bitte vor Ort erfragen).

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French Polynesia Aquatiki III Dive trip – 03/2026

9. - 23. March 2026

+++ French Polynesia: Best of Tuamotus +++

Heaven on Earth 🩈🌮

FĂŒhlst du dich angesprochen, dann komm mit uns mit!

Nord- und SĂŒdkanal

Diese beiden KanĂ€le gehören zu den spektakulĂ€rsten TauchplĂ€tzen in Fakarava. Mit ihren oft starken Strömungen bieten sie das ganze Jahr ĂŒber aufregende TauchgĂ€nge und gehören zu den Höhepunkten einer jeden Reise zu den Tuamotus.

KanÀle

KanĂ€le befinden sich in den Atollen zwischen Lagunen und Inseln, wo anspruchsvolle StrömungstauchgĂ€nge möglich sind. An den EingĂ€ngen zu den KanĂ€len kannst du bei einlaufender Strömung mit Großfischen tauchen.

Großfisch

Im offenen Ozean trifft man auf eine FĂŒlle von Großfischen wie Mantas und Adlerrochen, Haie verschiedener Arten und GrĂ¶ĂŸen, Stachelrochen, Thunfische, Delfine und sogar Schwertfische.

Wall of Sharks

An der "Wall of Sharks" geht es meist zu wie auf der Autobahn zur Rushhour, wenn hunderte oder mehr Grauhaie auf dem Corso an der SĂŒdwand patrouillieren!

Kleingruppe

Die Reise wird mit maximal 10 Teilnehmern durchgefĂŒhrt, um ein maximales Naturerlebnis zu ermöglichen.

Flexible Route

Unser Reiseleiter Peter kennt nach ĂŒber 20 Reisen zu den Tuamotus die Tauchgebiete fast so gut wie die Crew. Ein flexibles Routing um die bestmöglichen TauchgĂ€nge zu gewĂ€hrleisten steht an der Tagesordnung!

Französisch Polynesien

"Seit ich 1999 zum ersten Mal Französisch-Polynesien besuchte, habe ich mich in die Insel Tahiti verliebt. Dort taucht man nicht, um Nacktschnecken zu beobachten. Man taucht in kristallklarem Wasser mit großen Fischen, abseits der Norm und des Massentourismus."

- Peter Löseke, Filmemacher -

Treffe deinen BTM-Reiseleiter

Peter Löseke

Filmemacher & Reiseleiter

Best of Tuamotus with Behind the Mask Travel

9. - 23. March 2026

Reisepreis:

€ 6.849
  • pro Person

Inklusive:

  • 14 NĂ€chte Tauchkreuzfahrt ab / bis Fakarava
  • Flughafentransfer ab/an Flughafen Fakarava oder Hotel/GĂ€stehaus
  • Vollpension inkl. Wasser
  • 2 TauchgĂ€nge pro Tag inkl. Flasche, Blei, Guide und Nitrox

Extrakosten:

  • Anreise nach Tahiti bzw. Ins Tuamotu Atoll
  • Tauch- und Reiseversicherung
  • Eventuelles Vorprogramm oder Stopover-Übernachtungen
  • LeihausrĂŒstung
  • Lokale Steuern ca. 1 € / Tag
  • VIP Kabine Doppelbett, Meerblick 600 € pro Person / Trip
  • Trinkgelder an Bord

Die genaue Route ist flexibel und die Termine können sich aufgrund von InlandsflĂŒgen um 1-2 Tage nach vorne oder hinten verschieben. Das Routing an sich bleibt generell offen. Es werden die besten Tauchspots der Tuamotus angefahren je nach Wetterbedingungen. Es gelten unsere AGB!

Wichtig: min. 4 Buchungen, um diese Gruppe zu bestĂ€tigen und durchzufĂŒhren.  Wir empfehlen dringend den Abschluss einer Reiseversicherung bei unserem Partner DiveAssure.

Get in touch!

Reiseablauf

Start/Ende Fakarava – Das Beste der Tuamotus

Die Tauchsafari beginnt und endet in Fakarava, eine Flugstunde von Tahiti entfernt.

Die 15 NĂ€chte Reise umfasst die besten TauchplĂ€tze des Tuamoto-Archipels. Fakarava ist eines der berĂŒhmtesten Tauchgebiete in Französisch-Polynesien, da es wahrscheinlich die reichsten und spektakulĂ€rsten Unterwasserlandschaften bietet.

Je nach Wetter und Bedingungen kannst du 13 Tauchtage mit bis zu maximal 2 TauchgÀngen tÀglich erwarten.

Tauchsafaris auf der Aqua Tiki III sind keine “Hardcore”-Tauchsafaris, sondern vielmehr eine sehr gelungene Symbiose aus entspannendem Tauchen und Inselerlebnissen. Du erkundest die besten TauchplĂ€tze, KanĂ€le, Riffe und Lagunen entlang der Route durch die Atolle Fakarava, Tetamanu, Kauehi und Toau.

FĂŒr diejenigen, die kein Anschlussprogramm geplant haben, endet die Reise auf der Aquatiki III am 01. Oktober. Alternativ kann man auch lĂ€nger in Französisch-Polynesien bleiben, z.B. auf den Tuamotus, Tahiti oder auch auf Moorea oder Bora-Bora. Wir beraten dich gerne unverbindlich ĂŒber die Möglichkeiten, die individuell auf deine Wunschtage abgestimmt werden können.

Aquatiki III

Die Aquatiki III ist ein Katamaran der Marke Fountaine Pajot, gebaut in La Rochelle, Frankreich.

Der Komfort an Bord ist eines Hotels wĂŒrdig: ein großer, sehr komfortabler Bereich mit Videoecke, Lounge-Bibliothek und Cocktailbar. Eine amerikanische KĂŒche, ein großes Deck das durch ein Vordach vor der Sonne geschĂŒtzt ist, wo die Mahlzeiten serviert werden, ein großes Sonnendeck, ein vorderer Salon und 2 Trampoline, die im Allgemeinen sehr begehrt sind, sowie eine Grillplattform.

Der Katamaran ist 20 m lang und 9,8 m breit und verfĂŒgt ĂŒber 5 Kabinen fĂŒr insgesamt 10 GĂ€ste: 2 Kabinen mit Doppel- oder Einzelbetten, 1 Kabine mit Etagenbetten fĂŒr 2 Personen und 2 VIP-Doppelkabinen mit TV/Hifi/DVD-Anlage. Sie verfĂŒgen alle ĂŒber eine individuell regulierbare Klimaanlage, ein Soundsystem und ein eigenes Bad mit Toilette.

Der Antrieb wird durch 230 mÂČ Segel und 2 Motoren mit 150 PS gewĂ€hrleistet, mit einem mehr als 1000 Liter großen Kraftstofftank.

Ein leistungsstarker Generator und ein Wechselrichter sorgen fĂŒr die elektrische Versorgung, die kontinuierlich 220 V liefert, mit individuellen 220 V Steckdosen in jeder Kabine 24/7.

Die Aquatiki ist autonom im SĂŒĂŸwasser: mehr als 800 Liter Reserve, mit 2 Entsalzungsanlagen von 190 Litern / Stunde.

Der Katamaran ist mit den modernsten NavigationsgerÀten und den neuesten technischen Entwicklungen ausgestattet, um maximale Sicherheit zu bieten: Autopilot, GPS, BLU, VHF, Computer-Navigationszentrum, Radar, Standard-C-Wetter, Notsignal von Sarsat.

Der Katamaran ist auch mit allen Annehmlichkeiten ausgestattet wie eine Hi-Fi-Anlage mit Soundsystem in jeder Kabine, Fernseher, Videorecorder und DVD mit Videothek. Eine Bibliothek, in der du unter anderem Dokumentationen ĂŒber die Unterwasserfauna, Polynesien, die Schifffahrt usw. findest, sowie zahlreiche Spiele, um die Abende zu gestalten.

Ein Telefon, WIFI und ein Fax per Satellit ermöglichen es, unter allen UmstÀnden und sogar am anderen Ende der Welt in Verbindung zu bleiben!

Französisch Polynesien

Französisch-Polynesien liegt 18.000 km von Frankreich entfernt und besteht aus etwa 118 Inseln vulkanischen oder korallenartigen Ursprungs, die eine FlĂ€che von etwa 4.200 kmÂČ bedecken. Diese Inseln liegen verstreut in einer Region, die so groß ist wie Europa.

Das Klima ist tropisch, warm und feucht, wird aber durch Passatwinde gemildert. Es gibt zwei Jahreszeiten: eine heiße und feuchte Saison (27 bis 35 ° C) von Dezember bis Februar und eine kĂŒhlere Saison (21 bis 27 ° C) von MĂ€rz bis November.

Das Gebiet, das den Status eines Übersee-Territoriums hat, besteht aus 5 Inselgruppen, die jeweils völlig unterschiedliche Landschaften bieten:

  • Im Westen gehören die Inseln Tahiti (die grĂ¶ĂŸte der polynesischen Inseln, mit Papeete als Verwaltungshauptstadt und Moorea) und die Inseln Raiatea, Tahaa, Huahine, Bora-Bora, Maupiti dazu. Dies sind gebirgige Inseln, die von einem Korallenriff und einer Lagune umgeben sind, die die KĂŒste sĂ€umen. Es ist die grĂ¶ĂŸte und am dichtesten besiedelte Region dieses Gebiets.
  • Der 300 km nordöstlich von Tahiti gelegene Tuamotu-Archipel besteht ausschließlich aus flach liegenden Koralleninseln, den so genannten Atollen, sowie aus ausgedehnten SandbĂ€nken, die mit Kokospalmen bewachsen sind und die eine tĂŒrkisfarbene Lagune im Inneren abgrenzen.
  • Der Australes-Archipel (Tubuai, Rurutu), ganz im SĂŒden gelegen, besteht aus 7 gebirgigen Inseln, die von einer Lagune und einem Riff umgeben werden. Das flache GelĂ€nde und subtropische Klima eignen sich gut fĂŒr den GemĂŒseanbau. Von Juli bis Oktober ist im Australes-Archipel der Treffpunkt fĂŒr Wale.
  • Der Gambier-Archipel (Mangareva) im Ă€ußersten Osten des Landes, etwa 1.600 km von Tahiti entfernt, besteht aus vulkanischen Gesteinen. Es sind Überreste eines Vulkans, der von einem Saumriff umgeben ist, aus dem sich dutzende Inseln erheben.
  • Der 1.500 km von Tahiti entfernte Marquesas-Archipel (Nuku Hiva, Hiva Oa) liegt in der NĂ€he des Äquators und besteht aus einer Gruppe Vulkaninseln, die weder eine Lagune noch ein Korallenriff besitzen. Die meisten Inseln sind von kleinen Nebeninseln oder Rifffelsen umgeben. Die Marquesas, genannt Enua Enata (ĂŒbersetz „Die Erde der MĂ€nner“), bieten nur wenige StrĂ€nde, dafĂŒr aber grandiose Landschaften, ĂŒberwiegend gebirgig, stark zerklĂŒftet mit tief eingeschnittenen TĂ€lern, deren FlĂŒsse sich manchmal mit spektakulĂ€ren WasserfĂ€llen ins Meer ergießen.

Tuamotu-Archipel

Der Tuamotu-Archipel, der etwa 300 km nordöstlich von Tahiti liegt, besteht aus 76 Atollen, von denen kaum die HĂ€lfte bewohnt ist. Bei diesen so genannten flachen Inseln handelt es sich um Krater, die unter dem Einfluss der Erosion verschwunden sind und deren von Korallen besiedelte RĂ€nder nur noch aus weißem Sand bestehen, der mit Muscheln ĂŒbersĂ€t und mit Kokospalmen bepflanzt ist, die die Polynesier “Motu” nennen.

Das Klima auf Tuamotu unterscheidet sich von dem der höher gelegenen Inseln von Tahiti und den Inseln im Windschatten. Die warme und feuchte Jahreszeit von Dezember bis Februar ist hier viel gemĂ€ĂŸigter, mit einem erfrischenden Passatwind und geringeren NiederschlĂ€gen (meist in der Nacht), was zu Schwierigkeiten bei der Frischwasserversorgung fĂŒhrt.

Auf den Tuamotu ist die Landschaft völlig unberĂŒhrt, weit weg von jeglichem stĂ€dtischen Trubel. Das Leben auf diesen Atollen ist einfach und ruhig. Die AktivitĂ€ten der Einheimischen, der Paumotus, beschrĂ€nken sich auf getrocknete Kokosnuss, Fischfang und seit einigen Jahren auf die Zucht von Perlmutt Durch Veredelung entsteht die berĂŒhmte schwarze Perle, eine endemische Tuamotu-Art. Die Lagune im Landesinneren ist ein geschĂŒtzter Ort, ideal fĂŒr die Einrichtung von Perlenfarmen und Fischparks.

Jedes Atoll bietet Landschaften von wilder Schönheit. Vom Himmel aus gesehen erscheinen sie wie weiße Ringe auf dem tiefblauen Pazifik. Die Motus sind mit Kokospalmen bewachsen, die von schönen StrĂ€nden umgeben sind, und werden durch kleine KanĂ€le voneinander getrennt. Das Wasser der Lagunen fĂ€rbt sich von ZartgrĂŒn zu TĂŒrkisblau und geht in Violett ĂŒber.

Rangiroa war das bekannteste Paumotu-Atoll, vor allem wegen seiner TauchplĂ€tze. Aber nicht weit von Rangiroa entfernt liegt Fakarava. Fakarava hat den grĂ¶ĂŸten Pass Polynesiens und ist von Atollen umgeben, die die schönsten TauchplĂ€tze Polynesiens bieten.

Tauchen in Französisch-Polynesien

Fakarava-Touren sind TauchausflĂŒge auf hohem Niveau, die auch die anspruchsvollsten Taucher zufriedenstellen werden.

Die Leitung erfolgt durch einen Tauchlehrer, der die Taucher begleitet, und einer Person an der OberflĂ€che, die den Tauchgang stĂ€ndig ĂŒberwacht. Die TauchgĂ€nge werden in den KanĂ€len durchgefĂŒhrt, wobei die Strömungen oft sehr stark sein können!

Je nach Wetterbedingungen und Strömungen werden tĂ€glich 2 TauchgĂ€nge angeboten, außer am An- und Abreisetag.

Die Wassertemperatur schwankt wenig: von 25 ° C im Winter (September) bis 29 ° C im Sommer (MÀrz), ohne Sprungschicht. Die Sichtweiten in diesen kristallklaren GewÀssern sind immer ausgezeichnet.

NachttauchgÀnge sind nicht geplant (bitte vor Ort erfragen).

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