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

September, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Rick Hart, TX, USA
Report Number 2043
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Cozumel, Grand Cayman; Little Cayman; Cayman Brac, Bonaire, Costa Rica,
Palau, Utila, Bahamas, San Salvador, Bimini, and more
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
72   to 75    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
80   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
500 psi on return  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
2 stars  
Shore Facilities  
2 stars  
There were no rinse buckets on the boat or at the dive shop.  They are
happy for you to take pictures, but you are on your own.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
3 stars    
The island of Moorea is absolutely beautiful.  The waters are just what you
would expect from French Polynesia.  We flew Air Tahiti Nui from LAX to
Tahiti.  It is about an 8 hour direct flight.  The planes are very nice and
their service is also good. But, it is still a long flight in coach (for
amere $700 per trip per person, they will upgrade you to business class).
The Moorea Pearl Resort was great, the service wonderful and the food was
good.  We stayed in one of the premium overwater bungalows.  The resort has
an on site dive center (Moorea Blue Diving).  It is a fairly new operation,
but really convenient if staying at the resort.  The boat was not crowded. 
You were expected to handle your own gear.  Get your own gear to the boat,
do your own geat setup and change tanks between dives.  Not a big deal if
you are expecting it ahead of time.  The boat ride was only a few minutes
out.  Lots of black tip sharks and usually would see 3 or 4 big lemon
sharks.  Apparently, it is the custom of the dive guides to feed the
sharks.  The good news is that as soon as the boat tied to the mooring
ball, fish (including sharks) would swarm the area.  After a couple of
dives, you begin to wish you could see the fish in their normal mode.  The
dives felt gimicky and staged.
Pretty much everything is expensive there.  The good news is that
typically, the Polynesians do not encourage tipping.  There is one road
that circles the island and it is around 35 miles long.  We ate at various
cafes/restaurants and they would send a car to pick you up and take you
back to your resort when you finished at no cost.  So, all in all a nice
dinner was about the typical cost of a nice restaurant back home.
The water was clear and about the temparature that you would encounter in
Hawaii (cool, but not cold).  I wore a 1.5 mm wetsuit, and most folks wore
a shorty.  A skin would be too little, and any more than 1.5 mm probably
too much.
I would return to Moorea for the scenary, and go to one of the smaller
Polynesian islands for the diving.
All in all a great trip.
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