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

January, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Gary Redman, WA., USA
Report Number 325
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Extensive Caribbean, Central America, and Hawaii
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, rainy, cloudy  
calm, choppy, noCurrents  
Water Temp
84   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
100   to 150    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Standard profiles and procedures  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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  
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):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
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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