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

October, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by robert knourek, CA, US
Reviewer   (4 reports)
Report Number 6334
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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 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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  
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  
 
 

Overall Rating

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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