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Dive Review of ORCA dive center/Manavai Hotel in
Chile/Easter Island

January, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Larry Schnabel, CA, US
Contributor   (12 reports)
Report Number 5895
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Palau, Yap, Thailand-Burma, PNG, Solomons, Great Barrier Reef , Viet-Nam,
Fiji, Hawaii, Cozumel, La Paz, Socorros Islands, Cocos, Galapagos, Yucatan
Peninsula,Cook Islands,all over Caribbean, Greece, Italy, Maldives,
Southern California
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, dry  
Seas
calm, surge  
Water Temp
73   to 75    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
7
Water Visibility
60   to 175    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Don't go lower than the Orca divemaster leading the dive.End dive with
around 500 PSI.Once Orca sees you know how to dive, it lets you pretty much
dive your own profile and is not martinet re , e.g., ending dive with X PSI
or staying glued to a buddy, etc.  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
no 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
1 or 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
N/A  
Large Pelagics
  N/A
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
N/A  
Boat Facilities
N/A
Overall rating for UWP's  
N/A  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
[None]
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
3 stars
Food
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
N/A  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
Beginners
2 stars   
Advanced
4 stars    
Comments  
Easter Island is about 1/2 way between Chile and Tahiti. The island is
unspoiled. Diving, looking at stone statues and other remains of ancient
inhabitants , surf and boogie boarding and horse back riding are the
primary tourist offerings. Orca is very experienced and goes out of its way
to assist divers in getting into/out of the small and uncovered boats used
to ferry divers the 5-15 min rides to the dive sites. The largest pelagice
I encountered was a pair of jack tuna. Tropical fish, lobsters, colorful
yellow trumpet fish , speckled eels were fairly numerous, but not of the
quantity you see in ,e.g., PNG. To me the most memorable aspect of Easter
Island diving is the visibility- sometimes exceeding 175 feet, so clear
that you feel you are flying through air. Ex -NYC chiropractor Kim owns the
Manavai Hotel, about 500 yards walk form Orca Dive Center. Kim knows the
island and can advise you of what is good/bad on it. Our land tour guide-
Josie- was encyclopedic re the island and its history- her grandfather
assited Thor Heyerdahl in investigating Easter Island's original
inhabitants ( Heyerdahl believed they cam from the So. American mainland,
Josie's father thought Polynesia and later DNA investigation proved her
grandfather right).I found two very good restaurants near Orca Dive Center:
La Kaleta and La Taverne Du Pecheur , the latter run by a Frenchman and
offering truly gourmet food. Our dive group - five of us- were led by well
known diver Ken Kurtis , who is a master at organizing dive trips.All in
all it was a very good trip. But three plane flights consuming arond 19
hours in the air wore me out . If you can upgrade to biz class for the
longest of the three flights- between U.S. and Santiago- do it Note an
alternate route is Tahiti to Easter Island)..
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