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Dive Review of Bora Diving Center/Club Med in
French Polynesia/Bora Bora

August, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Ed Gross, TX, US
Report Number 1755
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Fiji, Hawaii, Cozumel, Saba, Roatan, Bonaire
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
79   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
Most of the dive boats in Bora Bora are 24 foot aluminum hull, accomodating
6 to 10 divers.  Not a lot of room for a fresh water rinse tank on board,
but all of the sites are close to any dive shop. Bora Diving Center
provided a fresh water rinse and shower at their shop, which was not more
than 20 minutes away from any dive site.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
5 stars    
Incredible pelagic diving.  Schools of large lemons and good size black tip
and gray reef sharks.  Lots of mantas and a large school(?) of eagle rays
(> 20).  Hard coral in great shape, especially considering the hurricane
that came through five years ago.  Not much soft coral.  Macro stuff is
there, just not plentiful - white faced pipe fish ,etc.  3 scorpion fish
sitting out on a coral head at night.

Most of the diving is pretty easy, although the seasonal strong south wind
can create some currents.  Bora Diving very accommodating to our schedule,
promptly picking us up at the appointed time at Club Med every day.  And
they were flexible with our dive schedule (didn't have to book every dive
in advance, and could change as needed).  The dive masters all knew the
sites well, and how to find the big stuff.  When 4 other dives did not show
up for a dive night, the crew took only 2 of us out for a private night

Club Med was nice - not too big, maybe 200 guests total.   Food was served
buffet style, but the serving containers were not very big, so they were
refilled often - never empty, always fresh.  Every meal included food you
could order:  eggs for breakfast, and some sort of meat or fish with lunch
or dinner, including a sushi chef a few times at dinner.  The rest of Bora
Bora is nice, but its as expensive as its every been.  Had to stay
overnight in Papeete on the way there, the Mandarin Hotel had an adequate
room for 4 people, and was the only hotel that we could find that had a
reasonable room rate (<$500) for 4 people.
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