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Dive Review of M/S Paul Gauguin&Dive Blue Nui in
French Polynesia

March, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by David S. Wisdom M.D., Or, U.S.A.
Report Number 951
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Solomons, Fiji. Hawaii, Bali, Caribean
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, rainy  
calm, choppy, surge  
Water Temp
80   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
M/S P. Gauguin = Depth and time
Blue Nui = Depth and air consumption  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
P. Gauguin- Zodiacs, no real camera accommodation
Blue Nui on Tikehau, Twin hull, dual outboards, dual ladders, covered, No
photographers on our trip 
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
3 stars    
The M/S P. Gauguin is not a liveaboard dive boat but is an exquisite small
cruise ship. The accommodations and dining is outstanding.  The service is
impeccable. It can take 320 passengers but when my wife and I were there in
early March ( the end of the rainy season) there were only 220.  They have
excellent dive equipment and instruction.  Several people went for
transfers for open water cert.  They allow for a total of 4 of their own
dives and one additional nite dive is contracted out.  These are 1 tank
dives.  Dives inside the lagoon are O.K. with lower vis., hard coral and
tropicals.  Outside is clearer, deeper with Black tips, lemon sharks,
Napoleons, Eagle Rays.  A 2 day storm limited one outside dive to and
inside and it was mediocre.
Tikehau Pearl Resort and Blue Nui Divers is a special place.  Romantic and
picturesque.  There are Fave' (burre's) over the lagoon, fans but no A.C.-
nice breeze.  Again great diving outside of the reef.  Add to above,
schooling ball of Jacks, White Tips, Manta, large Morays and Spotted Eagle
Rays.  Again the equipment is good.  Take your fins tho and mask. I brought
regs. because I didn't want to deal with meter depths and bars for tank
pressure.  It's a small place - boardwalk rolls up at nitefall. In spite of
napping every afternoon we still slept like we were drugged. (we weren't
really but maybe G &T's helped a bit). Musicians only on the Sat. nite
we arrived.  Tikehau is 50 min. north of Papeete in the Tuamotu Is. chain-
right next to Rangiroa. Go for 4 or 5 days then switch to another Pearl
Resort on a different island.
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