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Dive Review of Blue Nui in
French Polynesia/Taha'a

Blue Nui, Aug, 2009,

by Michael Benenson, NY, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 4 reports). Report 5058.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Fiji, Palau, Australia, Thailand, Grand Cayman, Aruba, Puerto Rico...
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather cloudy Seas
Water Temp 80 to Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 2
Water Visibility 5 to Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions Depth Limits
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 2 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 1 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 1 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments Very poor visibility

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude 1 stars Environmental Sensitivity 3 stars
Dive Operation 1 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 1 stars
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 1 stars
Comments Compared to our dives with Blue Nui in Bora Bora, which were great [see other posting], our dive with Blue Nui in Taha'a was a pretty bad experience for all.

The two main reasons for the bad experience are as follows:

1] The dive master was not very friendly, professional or attentive to his clients. Prime example - during the dive I realized I must have had a leak, and was losing air rather quickly. Although I brought this to the attention of the dive master numerous times using the hand gestures we had reviewed during the dive brief, and even showing him my air gauge [which was already at the low air point], he failed to acknowledge my situation or act accordingly. Instead, he just turned around and kept on swimming. Fortunately, I am a very experienced diver, my daughter was aware of my situation and stayed close lest I needed to buddy up with her, and we ended the dive safely all together.

2] The visibility was very poor. No need to really explain more here - if you can't even see your hand in front of you, you're not going to be able to see anything else.

I would not dive with the same dive master again, but would be willing to give Blue Nui a second chance with a different dive master and with better water conditions, since my experience with them in Bora Bora was very good.
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