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Dive Review of Raie Manta Club/Pension Teutamatea in
French Polynesia/Rurutu

Raie Manta Club/Pension Teutamatea, Aug, 2003,

by David Shem-Tov, NA, UK (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 20 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 600.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 51-100 dives
Where else diving Palau, Carribbean, Red Sea, Indian Ocean
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather windy, rainy, cloudy Seas choppy
Water Temp 22 to 23 Celsius Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 15 to 25 Meters

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions Despite information in RMC's website, no diving was offered during my stay due to demand by snorkellers
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales >2
Corals 1 stars Tropical Fish 1 stars
Small Critters 1 stars Large Fish 1 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 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Between July and September humpback whales can often be seen off the coast of Rurutu, in the remote Austral chain. RMC offers 3-hour whale watching tours with opportunities to snorkel with them. Water conditions can be very choppy and my companion felt seasick on every trip. However we were able to swim with the whales 4-5 times on each occasion. The experience is indescribable.

It is essential to book and pre-pay the trips as they are in extremely high demand. During my stay, one of the three boats on the island was commandeered by the BBC, and RMC had to turn people away even when compromising their policy of having just 6 passengers per boat. Many people who have not pre-paid were not able to go - a major disappointment given the cost and trouble of getting there.

While quite modest, Pension Teutamatea is probably the best on the island and is managed by a very efficient lady who is an excellent cook.
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