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Dive Review of Bathys Diving/Novotel in
French Polynesia/Bora Bora

June, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Elizabeth Crapo, ca, usa
Sr. Reviewer   (9 reports)
Report Number 5014
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

choppy, currents  
Water Temp
75   to    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
75   to 125    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
2 stars
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars    
3 stars   
3 stars    
Good dive operation, good boats, helpful staff.  Be advised that the
regular air tanks have European-style valves, and although they can be
fitted with adapters, some US regs (including mine) won't fit.  But their
Nitrox tanks fit, and it's free.  They have a pre-paid ten-dive pass that
you can use on their shops on other islands, which is a good deal if you
plan to dive more than one island.  The shop is on the other side of the
island from most of the hotels (at the now-closed TopDive resort) but
they'll pick you up.  In a rare example of diver-friendliness in the
airline industry, Air Tahiti, the inter-island airline, allows an extra 5
kg of baggage if you have dive gear and show your c-card (check their
website for more details). As far as the diving, it's OK.  The corals
seemed rather drab -- much more so than I remember seeing on Moorea 3 years
ago.  There was a good number of interesting reef tropicals, including
lionfish, flame angelfish and the endemic Tahitian butterflyfish.  The
highlight is the sharks, which are numerous.  The only drawback is, it's
obvious they are accustomed to being fed.  They weren't aggressive toward
us, but they did seem to approach more closely then normal.  Like dogs
begging for food, only better behaved. Unfortunately it's hard to find a
dive operator or lagoon tour in French Polynesia that doesn't do shark
feedings, although this operator at least only did it once in the 5 days I
was there. Overall, I enjoyed my diving, but Bora Bora is not someplace I'd
go just for the diving.  You'll want to check out topside activities as
well.  I went on a sunset sail, a lagoon cruise with a picnic on one of the
motus (small islands out in the lagoon), a half-day 4x4 tour.  The
highlight was parasailing -- expensive, but you get a spectacular view of
the lagoon. I could see eagle rays and stingrays cruising the shallows. And
of course, you have to eat at Bloody Mary's. It's touristy but fun, and the
food is good. The Novotel was a great deal.  It has a beach, an activities
desk, restaurant and bar, kayaks, a pool, etc.  The room was clean and
comfortable, and had a small refrigerator.  After converting to US dollars,
my room (booked on their website) cost somewhere between $130-150/night,
which is a steal for Bora Bora. Fare Manuia and La Bounty are two
restaurants within walking distance that had good food, and there is a
convenience store very close by.  Buy munchies here if you dive with
Bathys, since they pick you up before the hotel restaurant opens for
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