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Dive Review of Bora Dive Center in
French Polynesia/Bora Bora

August, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by John McGill, Tx, USA
Report Number 779
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Galapagos, Palau, pretty much everywhere in the Caribbean
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
cloudy  
Seas
calm  
Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
75   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
?  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
I was diving with my girlfriend who is inexperienced and uses air rapidly,
so I didn't really see what the limits were  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
Lots 
Mantas
Squadrons 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
1 or 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
N/A  
Boat Facilities
N/A
Overall rating for UWP's  
N/A  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
[None]
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
5 stars
Food
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
5 stars   
Advanced
4 stars    
Comments  
This was a trip with diving, not a pure "dive vacation." My
girlfriend is a fairly new diver (less than 20 dives) We dove for 3 days
with Bora Diving Center. The service was wonderful. We had 3 guides on the
3 days and each one of them went out of their way to make my girlfriend
comfortable. They shared air with her to extend her bottom times and I
think went beyond the call of duty. And on top of that, the diving was
great. Our first dive was at a location in the lagoon. We entered in about
20 feet of water and went down to about 50 feet in a pass. The whole dive
was a manta fest. There must have been 15 mantas who swam through the pass
with us. A 40 minute, constant manta dive will get a "5" in my
book every time -- especially since in 20+ years of diving I had only
encountered mantas once and that was on snorkel in Palau. The second dive
was at a site where some fish was placed in a coral head and then the lemon
sharks arrived. Probably 8 lemons ranging from 7 to 10 feet in length. I
was told that the mantas don't come out during the full moon. You can also
see mantas playing in the lights at the Hotel Bora Bora dock at night. Bora
Diving Center is one of the best operations I have ever dived with. Go
there -- Bora Bora is a very romantic place. We also dived on Taha'a with
the shop at the Pearl Beach resort. Again great service. The fellow running
this shop used to work at Bora Diving Center and has the same customer
service attitude. Also dived 2 days On Huahine with Blue Nui. I understand
that that operation will soon have new ownership, which is probably a good
thing. 
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