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Dive Review of Paul Gauguin in
French Polynesia

February, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Judy Okamura, CA, USA
Report Number 3916
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
0-25 dives
Where else diving
Catalina, Hawaii, Belize
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
0   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
0   to 0    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
50 feet  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 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
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
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 $$
5 stars   
3 stars    
     The Paul Gauguin is actually a 300 passenger cruise ship which carries
its own dive staff and sails (in this case) Tahiti or more accurately the
Society Islands.  As novice divers who had not been diving for several
years this was the perfect set-up.  There was a refresher in the pool and
two dives.  The instructors showed us the best way to set up neutral
bouyancy which we had encountered.  They were patient & helpful and
worked around the fact that I had developed a problem with my left shoulder
which affected my ability to put on & off my BC and and also could not
pull myself back onto the Zodiac.  The tropical fish were great and
visibility was good.  A shorty was all that was needed as a dive suit.
     There were more dives available to those who had certified but I got
the impression that experienced divers were also limited to 50 feet and
were expected to stay with the dive master.  Still I heard no complaints
from the experienced divers.
     The ship itself is great with marvelous food and lovely accomodations
and unless you wanted to order a $70 or $100 bottle of wine all food and
beverages, including alcohol, was part of the package price.  Also tipping
was included.  We did stay on Moorea also for 3 days but prices have gone
from high to astronomical especially for food.   
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