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Dive Review of Blue Nui/Pearl Beach Resort in
French Polynesia/Tikehau

Blue Nui/Pearl Beach Resort, Oct, 2010,

by robert knourek, CA, US (Reviewer Reviewer 4 reports). Report 6334.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving [Unspecified]
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 78 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 90 ft.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 5 stars
Large Pelagics 5 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments they were good about managing cameras on entry/exit, and respectful of cameras on the boat. no rinse.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 2 stars
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling 1 stars
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments there are only 3 dive sites in tikehua. there is a mantas cleaning station, and two dive sites on the pass that allows access in/out of the atoll.

the boat was great for transit, and the captain was excellent. however, entry was done via backroll, and the distance from the deck to the water was quite a bit. it was also hard to position oneself on the deck to do the backroll. so entry was difficult. exit was via some ladders on the back, they were not great ladders. so basically entry/exit is pretty problematic.

dive master was a cowboy. he took his own camera on each dive. having said that he seemed to be able to manage the dive well, and did not bug anyone. still, i don't believe divemasters should bring cameras.

gear worked but it was marginal. they were always having to repair something.

the manta site was shallow and we saw mantas every dive. it was just great. the pass sites are equally fantastic. schools of big and small fish, sharks, barracuda schools, really just about anything you wanted to see.

pearl beach resort is great. just be sure to get an overwater bungalow on the far side of the resort (away from the dive center).
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