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Dive Review of TOPdive/Oceania, Marina in
French Polynesia/Fakarava and Bora Bora

TOPdive/Oceania, Marina, Jan, 2012,

by linda nelson, UT, US ( 2 reports). Report 6869.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Lots of places, but on this trip, Robinson Crusoe Island, Easter Island, Fakarava, and Bora Bora
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather rainy, cloudy Seas choppy, currents
Water Temp 82 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 18 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions We were required to stay with the guide and our group-but it was not a problem. We went plenty deep, and came back when the least efficient diver ran low on air. One dive in Bora Bora had terrible vis, maybe due to rain, making it impossible to see the main reason for the dive,which was eagle rays.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

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

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments they had a nice outdoor area to put things together, a rinse bucket, and camera-savvy crew on the vessels.. ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food N/A
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced For Subscribers Only
Comments We had a good commuication with Top Dive from before we left home, and recruited a few more divers from the people we met on the way to Top Dive resorts. The price included nitrox, if certified for it, and good rental gear. We were divided into small groups to have only 4 or so people with eac ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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By Robert Halem in CA, US at Feb 05, 2013 20:09 EST  
I love your comment "we went diving to see what is there, instead of what is not". That, after all, is what it is about!!
By Robert McDonald in OH, US at Feb 23, 2013 10:44 EST  
My husband love diving in French Polynesia but have not been to Fakarava yet. Do you have any suggestions about where (or where not) to stay on Fakarava?
By Robert Halem in CA, US at Feb 23, 2013 13:23 EST  
Just back from a cruise on Ocean Princess around French Polynesia. TopDive was great (need to post my own reviews). One focal point in Moorea handled my bookings for four islands. At each stop, they were on time and where promised to pick me up.
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