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Dive Review of 6 Passangers in
French Polynesia

July, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Chuck & Julie Feinberg, New York, USA
Sr. Reviewer   (9 reports)
Report Number 3492
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
[Unspecified]Sipidan Malaysia, New York Wrecks, Papua New Guinea, Bikini
Atoll, all of Micronesia and the Carribean
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, currents, noCurrents  
Water Temp
81   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 150    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
[Unspecified]When we showed that we were experienced divers we were allowed
to plan our dives with our dive masters  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
With the most personal and professional help from our Travel
Agent( we were able to create and have the most
amazing dive trip since we began diving in 1987. It does help when you
e-mail your Travel Agent who happens to live on Moorea right near Tahiti
and immediately get a response. We flew Tahiti Airlines(Air Tahiti Nui)
direct(12 hours) from JFK in New York. We have always felt that Singapore
Airlines was #1 but Air Tahiti Nui is equal or above. All of our
connections to and from Tahiti to Rangiroa and return worked perfectly. We
had absolutely no problems with overweight luggage as long as we showed our
C Cards.We did opt for luxury and very expensive accommodations on
Rangiroa. Initially we planned to fly Continental Airlines to Kosrae and
spend three weeks there but when we found out that Continental NOW charges
$400 for each and every stopover we totally changed our plans even though
we knew the French Polynesian euro was very expensive. Why Continental does
this totally amazes us(we in the past always stopped over on Hawaii for two
to three days without paying anything extra). Our duplex awesome chalet at
the Kia Ora was only a five minute walk to Six Passanger Dive Shop
the6passengers@mail.pfDive with Serge if hes there!  Everyone speaks
english. The entire staff works very hard to make sure you come away with
the experiences you came for. Their fills are always 3100+ with clean
tanks. You have secure lockers to keep whatever you want during and after
dives. We only did 2 dives a day, with a long very surface interval. More
dives can be arranged. We actually went back to our chalet to shower, do
our logs and relax.They have three zodiacs and most dive sites are no more
then ten minutes away. The larger zodiac has a ladder. Never worry about
getting back into the zodiacs; all of the boat drivers are "former
sumo wrestlers"!!They just drag you in! Our first dive was what
Rangiroa is famous for: seven minute boat ride through the pass to open
ocean. Back roll in just before the current picks up. Drop down to 140+
ft.(we were assigned a boat with all experienced divers) and glide slowly
into the current back into the lagoon. You first see carpets of gray and
silvertip sharks cueing in for their meal. Then the current picks up to at
least 5-6 knots! At least 1000+ sharks on this dive. The other dives over
our six days were either current or just dropping us off the wall at 45 ft.
swim out off the wall, drop down to 130+ ft. and look for the school of
sharks that come very close by, very close by! Also mantas and almost daily
encounters with a family of dolphins who loved hanging around us.On the
fairly flat coral plain we saw many morays, school of chevron barracudas
and during dusk dives spawning schools of small fish with attack mode to
eat the sperm/eggs. This is shark diving like Cocos but without live aboard
diving and the ability to wear just a skin. The visibility was amazing. We
will definitely go back next summer with the possibility of diving on the
Atoll of Fakarava which is one hour away and also has Pass Diving which
means currents and therefore many sharks and mantas.
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