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Dive Review of Six Passengers/Kia Ora in
French Polynesia/Rangiroa

December, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Douglas C. Spencer, CA, US
Reviewer   (5 reports)
Report Number 6387
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Carribean/Polynesia/South America/California
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
81   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
85   to 130    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Dive limits of 100 ft. were generally enforced  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
2 stars  
Camaras were handed to divers from Avon

Rinse tank on shore
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
2 stars   
4 stars    
6 Passengers-

 Dive operation is not affiliated with Kia Ora.  They seem to push Top Dive
which is affiliated with Kia Ora.  The company who has planned our dive
trips for the past 10 years ( 6 passengers
and my wife and I really enjoyed it.  They pick you up at the Kia Ora about
30 minutes prior to a scheduled dive.  They have 4 scheduled dives per day.
 The operators have been running their operation for almost 20 years.  They
are French and Italian however speak English fluently.  Most of the other
divers during our 10 days of diving were French.  The routine was 5 minute
Avon ride through the Tipatu Pass drop divers in the same spot and you
would end the dive depending on the direction of the 'very' strong current.
 I used a steel tank and always came up with plenty of air.  The staff was
exceptionally courteous and managed all of our diving needs.  The operation
is low key and very relaxing.  We thoroughly enjoyed diving with
Fred/Helen/Sinbad and videographer and dive operation founder Ugo.  They
are experts with significant experience and adept at managing divers of all
dive levels.  Dolphins and Reef Sharks are everywhere.  We saw Mantas, huge
Napoleans, and some folks saw a hammerhead.  On one dive I had a sneaking
suspicion that something was following me and I turned around to encounter
a large Whale Shark.  Dive master Fred indicated that in 10 years and 9000
dives there he had only seen 3-4, so I was a very lucky diver that day.
Currents can be strong, but fun.  I did not wear a wet suit the entire
time, but most folks donned a 3MM.  I would repeat with 6 passengers.

Kia Ora

  Just reopened.  We stayed in an over the water bungalow.  The place is
really beautiful.  The staff was responsive to our needs and after looking
at the web site for 2 years planning our trip, I can honestly say that it
exceeded our expecataions.  We paid for an all inclusive meal plan and
after 10 days, we tried everything on the menu.  The food was incredible. 

  One item to mention is that if you have a chance to go to Pink Sands, I
would recommend it.  It is a long 2 hour boat ride, but it is in the middle
of nowhere and one of the most interesting geologic sites I have witnesses.
 We also snorkled with reef sharks, saw a booby bird preserve and had a
great lunch on a derserted island.

Folks alwasy mention the price of this place on reviews.  It is expensive
but worth every nickle to me.  Happy diving!
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