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Dive Review of Raie Manta in
French Polynesia/Rangiroa

Raie Manta, Sep, 2001,

by Lisel Doreste, ny, us ( 2 reports). Report 159.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 26-50 dives
Where else diving Red Sea-Saudi side, Cyprus, Key Largo.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas currents
Water Temp 75 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 50 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 100 feet
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 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 N/A
UW Photo Comments Need experience in drift diving if you want to shoot!

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments 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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