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Dive Review of Raie Manta in
French Polynesia/Rangiroa

September, 2001, an Instant Reader Report by Lisel Doreste, ny, us (2 reports)
Report Number 159
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
26-50 dives
Where else diving
Red Sea-Saudi side, Cyprus, Key Largo.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
75   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
100 feet  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Need experience in drift diving if you want to shoot!
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
Raie Manta Club is a great operation. Professional, courteous staff
especially Lydie, Marco, Rene and Valerie. They picked us up every morning
in the dive bus. Were not overbearing,(like Blue Dolphin operation from the
Kia Ora) but there to help whenever needed. 
Sharks on every one of my 17 dives! The drift dives are tough for the
inexperienced at first, but once you're used to them, they are a thrill!
They are also where most of the silvertips would hang out, just outside the
lagoon. Also witnessed an amazing 'wallpaper' of gray reef sharks sitting
off the reef at about 100 feet. Hundreds of them in every direction you
could see. Thouroughly incredible. Two independent hammerheads off in the
distance on two different dives. Also saw nurse sharks, black tips, white
tips, wrasses, turtles, dolphins jumping in the pass, schools of jacks and
barracuda, and lots of little critters.
Nice big manta rays on almost every dive. Saw one beautiful big mother with
her baby and they hung with us for the whole dive.

The Kia Ora is a great (and expensive) resort, but worth it. And after
adding it up, almost the same price as the local b&bs but much more
comfortable and luxurious. No night life, but who cares? Good food at the
Kia Ora. The French influence ensures fresh baguette every morning and
great wine at dinner.

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