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Dive Review of Bathy's in
French Polynesia/Bora Bora

September, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Molly Rosenberger, Ohio, United States (2 reports)
Report Number 5126
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Palau, Galapagos, Raja Ampat, Belize, Isla de Guadelupe, Honduras, Grand
Cayman, Cozumel, Aruba, Dominica, and Bonaire
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, no currents  
Water Temp
81   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
90   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
Animals are up close and personal.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars    
5 stars   
5 stars    
We did 2 dives in Bora bora. We had not planned on diving but we bought a
10 dive package in Rangiroa and they honored it at there sister company
Bathy's diving. They picked us up at our resort and we set out for our 1st
dive at Muri muri. Our dive master was Eric and they had grouped an
experienced bunch of us together with him. He was a great divemaster. At
Muri muri we giant strided in and right away there were reef sharks there
to greet us and they weren't shy. They were wonderful for us photographers.
On the dive we saw a huge school of jacks that schooled around me, Eric had
told us that they would be there.The resident turtles there are used to
being fed and all you have to do is rub your fingers together as though you
have food and they are in your face. Very fun! We finished our dive and our
2nd dive was at Tapu motu (the lemon shark dive) The only thing bad I have
to say is that they wanted us back in the water in 35 minutes. I wasn't
very comfortable with that but forgot all about it when I came face to face
with these big beauties. We had 4 lemon sharks in the beginning of the dive
to welcome us. They are very used to people and are curious. I have to
admit it got my heart pumping. Some of these girls were 12 foot. We did see
some lionfish on the dive but I would say the whole dive your pritty much
focused on getting your glamour shots of the sharks. Note to photographers,
make sure to get a person in the photo for perpspective, they usually know
the divemaster and get within kissing distance of them. My overall rating
for Bora Bora diving was great! My husband and I love sharks and also the
oppurtunity to photogragh them up close. We got both. There is also one
more worthy water activity in Bora bora. The shark and ray feed. Your only
in like 4 1/2 feet of water and your standing. All you need is your
booties, mask and snorkel. This is not to be missed but it's not for anyone
who's very scared of rays or sharks because they are everywhere and the
rays jump up on you to say hi, just as a dog would, as soon as you get in
the water. I've been to stingray city cayman island, and shark ray alley
belize but have never had an interaction like this. For the shark feeding
they have a rope along the top of the water that is tightly secured. you
hold on to the rope and the one guide walks 20 feet across and starts
throwing sardines in and the frenzy begins. These are all small black tip
sharks. It's a beautiful scene. The clarity of water is perfect, it's
shallow so there's a ton of color, theres a white sandy bottom, the sharks
are pritty much babies so they don't have much damage to their bodies and
there are all the rays swimming below all the action. The tour operator
caught all of this on video which we bought at the end and we love it. We
stayed at the St. Regis in a deluxe overwater bungalow and it was the most
amazing room we've ever stayed in. First class all the way. And you will
pay first class prices too. Dinners at their restaraunt Lagoon were 350$+.
Choose your activities wisely because to do anything is very expensive.
Bora bora is the most beautiful place we have ever seen and plan on going
back one day. On another note, we heard about humpback whales around the
island when we were there and some operators go out looking for them to
snorkel with them. They were in calfing. One of our servers at the hotel
went out and had a great experience with them. 
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