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Dive Review of Six Passengers in
French Polynesia/Rangiroa, Polynesia

Six Passengers, Jan, 2006,

by Richard Bruch, NC, United States . Report 2298.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Carribean, Fiji, Great Barrier Reef. Withing Polynesia: Manihi, Bora Bora, Nuka Hiva, Moorea, Taha'a
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny,rainy,dry Seas choppy
Water Temp 80 to 0 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 70 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 5 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 2 stars
UW Photo Comments Diving from a zodiak so no rinse bucket or protective area for camera. Camera is handed to the diver after backward roll entry. No criticism if diver wanders to get a "good shot"

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

Accommodations 1 stars Food 2 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Rangiroa is an atoll located about an hour by air north of Papeete, Tahiti. Air Tahiti Nui has been cancelling a lot of international flights. The inter-island carrier, Air Tahiti, is excellent and reliable, but will charge for extra baggage weight; for us this was about $130 as we carry our own dive and camera equipment, dive repair supplies, batteries and books. Showing a C card when checking in with Air Tahiti will save money, as will requesting the "circle route" baggage fee if traveling to more than one island.
Six Passengers dive operation in Rangiroa is within walking distance from the Kia Ora which has deluxe overwater air-conditioned bungalows available. Kia Ora has excellent snorkeling, the best we have had anywhere. Six Passengers, located near Tiputa Pass, dives from a zodiak with a maximum of six divers per boat and backroll entry. All dives are led by a competent divemaster. They observe safety precautions but do let the diver breathe down his/her tank.
we used Raie Manta Dive operators 6 years ago, but felt they were reckless and also once had bad air. The best Rangiroa dives are "pass" dives beginning in the ocean and going with what can be a quite brisk current through the pass, ending in the lagoon. Beware: attempting to ride the current the other direction can be fatal. All the creatures and the fishes large and small love the movement and nutrients of the current and are seen in the pass when the current is running in. We saw many sharks, napoleon fish, manta rays, eagle rays,and titan trigger fish. On one dive dolphin came close. And we have seen hammerheads from a distance. Also see many eels, unicorn fishes, various butterfly fishes, many more varieties than in the Caribbean. At Avatura Pass, both last year and this year witnessed a ball of several hundred jack fish. Also have seen African Pompano, this trip seven of them together. This was our third trip to Rangiroa, the diving is world class, not much in the way of soft corals, but great fish life. For dining, we tend to only have breakfast at Kia Ora. For dinners, most restaurants will provide pick-up service. Call them and usually pick up is at 7 pm. We enjoy dining at Vaimario, Chez Josephine and Kai Kai.
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