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Dive Review of Moorea Blue Diving/Moorea Pearl Resort in
French Polynesia/Moorea

Moorea Blue Diving/Moorea Pearl Resort, Jan, 2003,

by Gary Redman, WA., USA . Report 325.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Extensive Caribbean, Central America, and Hawaii
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy, cloudy Seas calm, choppy, noCurrents
Water Temp 84 to 85 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 100 to 150 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Standard profiles and procedures
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 5 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 1 stars
UW Photo Comments This is a new resort and new dive operation that is just getting going. No facilities are available at this time but are planned within the next year.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Raphael Bonneau has just started the dive program at this 6 month old resort after working for other dive operations for 10 years on Moorea. He is highly competent, safety conscious, extremely knowledgeable of local dive sites and marine life, and has a wonderfully engaging personality. His pre-dive briefings were informative, he followed safe and appropriate dive profiles, and he has a wealth of local knowledge that he shared with us. He went out of his way to make each dive interesting and exciting. He is enthusiastic, ambitious, hard working, and fully capable of developing a world class dive facility at the Moorea Pearl Resort. On one dive we had 50+ black tip, white tip, grey, and lemon sharks which he attracted and fed with a tuna head. Hard corals were healthy and plentiful but there were no soft corals or gorgonians. The fish were extremely curious, swimming right into your mask! We encountered turtles, a variety of eels, pelagic trigger fish, tuna, baracuda, lionfish,and an abundant, colorful supply of reef fish. There are currently no rinse tanks, gear storage, or drying facilities - dive bags can be picked up at your room and delivered to the dock and later returned to your room - call front desk for baggage pick-up. You need to rinse all your gear and hang it to dry back at your room. Two tank morning dives and one afternoon dive. Steel tanks are used so weights should be reduced. Entrances are a back roll. Shed your BC and tank before climbing back aboard up ladder. This is a beautiful place with wonderful diving and with the resort's support, Raphael will develop a world class dive operation.
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