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Dive Review of Paul Gauguin Luxury Cruise in
French Polynesia

December, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Brian Brown, CA, US
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Report Number 6714
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
California, Baja California, Carribean, Hawaii
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

rainy, cloudy  
Water Temp
80   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
75   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Dive with Divemaster in group of about 6.  Dive plan announced in advance. 
No real opportunity to take off, divemaster comes looking for you.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
2 stars  
Shore Facilities  
You can easily take your camera back to your room and rinse it to your
heart's content in your bathtub, but there are no specific accomodations on
the zodiac for your camera.  The crew is very good about handing the camera
to you.
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  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars    
5 stars   
4 stars    
Single tank dives only at $95/tank, but you can book as many as you want. 
There are usually 2-3 day, but not every day.  On a week trip during XMAS
week, I did 5 dives and probably could only have done 2-3 more if I wanted
to ignore my family.

Diving from the back of the ship from the water sports platform was very
convenient and the crew were great.  They take about 5 per zodiac, 2
zodiacs (sorted by experience) and the rides are only 10-15 min. to the
dive sites.  They are very helpful, very friendly, and watch the divers
closely.  They wash and store your equipment every day.

All the dives were to about 70'.  We saw a ton of sharks (black tip reef
and large lemons), but missed the eagle rays due to a thunderstorm that
churned up the water.  I dove Toopua, Tapu and  Moorea

This is not really a dive trip, but an incredible cruise with diving thrown
in as one of the activities.  My family and I had a great time and I
wouldn't hesitate to go back.  
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By ezekiel11 at Sep 29, 2012 16:28 EST  
We did a trip on the Paul Gauguin and loved diving with this crew!
Fantastic experience !
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