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

August, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by David Shem-Tov, NA, UK
Sr. Contributor   (20 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 600
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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 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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  
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  
 
 

Overall Rating

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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