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Dive Review of Fakarava Diving Center/Le Maitai Dream in
French Polynesia

Fakarava Diving Center/Le Maitai Dream, May, 2005,

by Tracey Bennett, NV, USA . Report 1992.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Indonesia, Micronesia, Fiji, Grand Cayman, Honduras, Belize, Costa Rica, Hawaii, Mexico, Bahamas
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy, cloudy Seas choppy, currents
Water Temp 80 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

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 4 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 1 stars
UW Photo Comments No room on boat for rinse bucket, but can soak in your room between dives. You're pretty much on your own.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 2 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Fakarava is a large atoll with two passages ( North and South) that create strong tidal currents to and from the open ocean. The mile wide N. passage is about 20 minutes by boat from the resort and here you can dive outside the passage or the passage itself. The smaller S. passage is about an hour by boat from the resort and can only be accessed during flat seas. We were unable to get there during our 7 day stay.

The outside dives had little current and there were healthy fields of hard coral, schooling snapper, bannerfish and buttereflyfish. Several napolean wrasse, eagle rays, white tip, blacktip, and grey reef sharks. There are many beautiful tropicals thriving in this pristine environment and in some areas I felt as though I was diving in one big cleaning station.

For the passage dives we backrolled, descended immediately, and rode the ripping current, along with white tips and grey reef sharks, over hard corals and canyons until we reached a valley where we could drop down out of the main current. Here we saw large schools of bright orange bigeyes, snapper and bannerfish. There were always 15 - 20 sharks circling around us, coming in from the perimeters of the valley to inspect the new arrivals. Because of the strong currents, this is definately not a dive for beginners.

Serge and Carine, owners of the Fakarava Diving Center were safety conscious and attentive. I could dive my own profile on the outside dives, but because of the current everybody ascends together on the passage dives. They will not let you dive the passage until they know and have witnessed your dive experience level. I was extremely pleased with their service.

The resorts' rooms are comfortable enough, and have large bathrooms with a shower door leading outside. There is a full bar and the restaraunt serves very good food. There's not much to do on Fakarava other than dive, but definately go to Hinano Pearls where proprietor Gunter Hellberg will take you on a tour and give you an opportunity to buy some of his pearls.
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