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Dive Review of Paul Gauguin/Cruise Ship Paul Gauguin in
French Polynesia

Paul Gauguin/Cruise Ship Paul Gauguin, Dec, 2004,

by Russell Schroeder, TX, USA . Report 1963.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving [Unspecified]
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, noCurrents
Water Temp 80 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 75 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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 5 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments There is a reason Radisson Seven Seas "Paul Gauguin" received Conde Nast's rating of the number one cruise ship in the world and that is the fantastic six star facilities and service.

They are one of the few small cruise ships that have their own dive program on board with 2-3 Dive Instructors and a dropdown water sports platform. Zodiacs with four divers each leave the platform for the outside reef at different times for students and certified. They attempt to sort by skill level. They also will arrange for you to use shore based operations if you interested in more challenging dives or shark feedings.

The ship cruises at night and anchors in the lagoons at five different islands for the day this makes it more like a moving hotel rather than a "cruise ship". Standard cruise is eight days seven nights.

Of all the islands diving, I would rate Moorea the highest with 10-20 blacktips on each dive as well as turtles and lionfish. The corals were pristine. The dive from the ship also does a dive/fin/by the local Shark feeding and most of the large lemon sharks will come to check you out. Next time I will spend four days in Moorea diving and then do the Paul Gauguin.

There is nothing cheap in French Polynesia you can check out hotel rates, inter-island airfare and meal prices on the net. I found this to make the small ship a relative bargain for seeing multiple islands and at least allowing some diving. I checked a lot of web sites for prices. I found brownandkeenetravel.com to have the best rates and agent Susan Walsh has been diving with the ship five times and has a lot of great info and video to send.

If you can swing it, Dive Moorea first and then do the Paul Gauguin. The exceptional food and service on the ship will spoil you for anything after it. No tips, liquor in your room and 24hr room service (included).



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