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Dive Review of Bathy's/Hibiscus in
French Polynesia/Moorea

May, 2002, an Instant Reader Report by Bob Woods, CA, USA
Report Number 111
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Most of Caribbean, Fiji, Tonga, Maldives, Indonesia (N. Sulawesi), eastern
Pacific (Panama, Costa Rica)
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
78   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Stay with DM  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  1 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
1 stars
2 stars
Service and Attitude
1 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
2 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
2 stars    
We dove with Bathys Club at the Intercontinental Beachcomber, which is
where we were supposed to stay before a forced schedule change.  They
picked us up daily by van (by car, after the van broke) from the resort we
ended up staying at and brought us and our gear to the shop, but
surprisingly they had no storage for our gearwe had to schlep it back and
forth every day.  Then we had to lug it from the shop (about 100 M) to the
boat and set it up.  It would have been nice to have a cart or something,
but when we asked we were told there was none available; actually there was
one, but it was for the exclusive use of the crew and for hauling tanksbut
not for the customers.  We also found the boat to be crowded, 12 or more
divers on a double-outboard that more commonly accommodates no more than 6.
 After the dive the crew pointed out to us where we were to rinse our gear
after we had unrigged it and hauled it to the rinse tank (no help from
them), and then we packed it up for the ride back to the hotel.  Other
comments include no snacks (or even water!) on the dive boat, although the
rides to the dive sites were very short5 to 10 minutes or so.  Back roll
in, fairly easy exit on a detachable ladder.  They were flexible about how
you got outi.e. whether you want to take off your fins, BC, etc. in the
water or not.

The dive routine seemed to be if customers were available the morning dive
was a shark feeding dive, although it seemed more mackerel got fed than
sharks.  But there generally were a bunch of 3-5 foot blacktips and a
couple of good sized lemons, and what the hell, we got wet.  On the bottom
there was nice healthy hard coral; for reasons I dont fully understand
there seems to be no soft coral in French Polynesia.  We saw the usual
supply of butterflyfish, groupers, and so on, but nothing unusual.  OK
diving, but not worth a trip.
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