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Dive Review of Bora Diving Center/Intercontinental Hotel in
French Polynesia/Bora Bora

March, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Art & Gerry Burke, TX, USA
Report Number 1780
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Caymans, Belize, Bonaire, Maldives, Seycelles, Grand Turk, 
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, rainy  
calm, currents  
Water Temp
80   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
All dives lead by DM due to either currents or drift dive. No restrictions
on depth or time - dependent on group of dives to define.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
Small fast boats did not have camera table, hotel had ample outlets to
recharge batteries. 
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
5 stars    
We booked with Bora Diving Center through Trip N Tour Travel agency because
they said Bora Diving Center were friendly, flexible and offered easy
diving.  This was an understatement! Upon our arrival at the
Intercontinental Hotel, we had a message from Bora Diving Center about our
diving plans for the next day. They picked us up at the hotel promptly and
had a short 10 min ride to the Bora Diving Center where we met the staff.
It is a small operation but they are very friendly and adaptable to our
needs. The first day we did a lagoon dive to see Mantas. No problem  3
mantas showed up on cue. The divemasters were all helpful and friendly,
spoke English or French and knowledgeable about the area.  They only have
small fast boats that carry up to 6 divers that made travel to and from the
dive sites quick. Entry was a back roll and exit was up a ladder after you
removed your weights and BCD. I had a digital camera system that they
assisted with in and out of the water  the only negative was no camera
table because the boat was small. They did 1 morning dive and 1 afternoon
dive so you could return to your hotel in between dives. The dive center
had room to store your gear overnight if you did multiple days as we did. I
tipped in cash to the divemaster each day because the divemasters did
rotate days on and off.  The owners, Anne & Michel, were not in Bora
Bora while we were there but they sent me a personal note thanking me for
diving with Bora Diving Center. There was no complaint with any of the
staff on the boat or in the office. Everyone was helpful and lived up to
their slogan of famous for our personal service and attention to the
The Intercontinental Hotel was excellent. All transport from the airport is
via boat so we had a great view of the island as we traveled to the hotel
on the southern end of Bora Bora.  We had a beachfront bungalow that had
ample space with a separate bedroom from a living room.  We could walk
right out onto the beach and snorkel over the small reefs.  The pool was
excellent and had an infinity edge which gave a view to the beach.  There
was a wide assortment of food to eat at the main restaurant or beach
café  the Chicken Alfredo was excellent. There were also
restaurants outside of the hotel  you have to go to Bloody Marys
Restaurant if you want a tropical atmosphere (sand floor) and excellent
seafood.   We rented a car to tour the island  it isnt that big  where
we did shopping and sight seeing. Overall we had a great experience on Bora
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