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Dive Review of Nemo World/Novotel Bora Bora Beach Resort in
French Polynesia/Bora Bora

August, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Vicky Polashock, GA, US
Reviewer   (6 reports)
Report Number 3003
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Caribbean, Red Sea, Gulf of Mexico
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

choppy, surge  
Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
75   to 150    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Due to surface chop we were drift diving, which meant we had to stay with
the group.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
2 stars  
No rinse tank on the boat. Cameras were piled on a ledge in the middle of
the boat. 
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
2 stars    
Nemo World is right on the Novotel property, so it was very convenient for
us. On some dives, we were very cramped, with dressed cylinders laying on
the floor of the boat for lack of room on the sides. They had several boats
- a catamaran with giant-stride entry and small aluminum-hulled boats with
back-roll entry. The staff were good and provided adequate briefings. No
fresh water or dry storage space on the boat, but hot sweet tea and fresh
coconut were provided between dives. Viz was better outside the lagoon, and
we often went to the same dive site. The operation is set up more for
resort diver types as opposed to hard-core destination divers, so profiles
were conservative. The coral was a bit abused, but the reef life was good.
We saw tons of sharks (black tips), turtles, butterflyfish, anemonefish,
stingrays, and triggerfish. Diving was expensive compared to Atlantic Ocean
diving - $150 for a two-tank trip. As tipping is uncommon in French
Polynesia, no one tipped the dive staff - a first in my experience!

The Novotel was nice, basic, and clean. All rooms are on the opposite side
of the road from the beach, so we had a view of a garden. The room had A/C,
a safe, small fridge, shower, ceiling fan, phone, coffeemaker, and TV. The
staff were helpful and made restaurant and excursion reservations for us.
Overall it was a great value for the price. The location is good as well,
at Matira Point with excellent beaches. We were next door to a good market
where we stocked up on breakfast, lunch, and snack foods. We were also
walking distance to several nice restaurants. We did get a ride to Bloody
Mary's, which I thought was over-hyped. Placards on the table encourage
tipping, we were charged for the ride which our hotel staff said would be
free, and they were late to pick us up and to bring us back to the hotel.
Next time I will get a reservation at Villa Mahana - it's much more
expensive, and much harder to get in to, but everyone we talked to said the
food was the best they ever had.
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