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Dive Review of Blue Dolphin/Kia Ora Resort in
French Polynesia/Rangiroa

August, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Karen Guthrie, CA, USA
Sr. Reviewer   (9 reports)
Report Number 5004
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Fiji, GBR, Grand and Little Cayman, Belize, Cozumel, Hawaii, Cay Sal Bank,
La Paz Mexico, Isla Guadalupe Mexico, Thailand and Catalina California.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
81   to    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Stay with the divemaster  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
2 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
1 stars  
Shore Facilities  
1 stars  
Here you are drifting quickly, the dives are deep and the zodiac had no
space for cameras apart from the boat floor.  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
3 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars    
1 stars   
4 stars    
I am glad that we dove Bora Bora as well.  Rangiroa boasts some tricks like
dolphins that failed to appear for us.  Riding the currents in from the
open ocean was interesting but unless you see some interesting critters
(which the divemaster said were more likely to appear on the non-pass dive)
it was just a matter of staying together with the divemaster and flying
along.  I wish we would have focused more on the tropical fish.  The
divemaster was friendly and funny and seemed like the long lost son of
Jacques Cousteau but he was only interested in looking for big animals. 
Our last dive with a different divemaster revealed that there was a lot of
little stuff we should have been paying attention to.  We did see huge
schools of barracuda, jacks and other fish on every dive and there was a
carpet of sharks that was very deep and visible but not photographable from
100 feet.  The fish are very friendly, particularly while snorkling in the
lagoon and I did get some fun underwater shots of fish up very close.  Not
a great destination for underwater photography in my opinion because of the
depth, current and subjects.  That said I did get some nice shark and
turtle pictures on dives.  The resort was nice but we had been spoiled in
Bora Bora at the Pearl Beach Resort so it was just okay.  Food at the
resort was spotty.  Fish dishes tended to be better than beef dishes. 
Breakfast was an amazing array of food eaten after your first dive so bring
a snack for before the first dive.  They go out for 5 single tanks per day
though and we were diving the first dive of the day and the first dive
after lunch (as it was the pass shooting dive at that time).  
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