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Dive Review of Orca/Iorana in
Chile/Easter Island

January, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by John Sommerer, MD, United States
Report Number 3178
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Carribean, Costa Rica, Galapagos, Indonesia, Micronesia, PNG, Polynesia,
Revillagigedos
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
rainy  
Seas
choppy  
Water Temp
73   to 0    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
5
Water Visibility
100   to 200    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
?  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
1 hr  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
None 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  1 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
Comments
Small boats, but short runs to dive-sites. Good rinse tanks at dive shop.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
3 stars
Food
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
2 stars   
Advanced
3 stars    
Comments  
Not a dive destination, in my opinion, but worth an afternoon if you're on
RapaNui, especially if it's raining. Good, solid dive operation, with good
staff, accomodating to visitors. Water is on the chilly side (fair enough,
since this isn't in the tropics); good hot showers back at the dive shop.
We had our computers with us, which was good, because they only had depth
guages and bottom timers to rent. Another diver was told by the guide,
"don't go deeper than me, and you'll be OK." Otherwise, the gear
was in good condition and was reasonably new ScubaPro stuff.

The big question is, why would Henri Garcia, a former Calypso crew member,
set up a dive operation here? Sure, the vis is unbelievable! But hardly any
fish, and like two species of coral. The scenery around Motu Nui is
fantastic, but that's one dive. I find it hard to believe that sharks
represented any risk to the competitors in the Birdman competition, since
the largest fish I saw out there was an endemic butterfly. The reefs near
Hanga Roa are pretty boring. Clearly, fish are being fed here, since some
large jacks spent a whole dive with us.
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