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Dive Review of TOPdive/Hitlon - Overwater Bungalows in
French Polynesia/Moorea

August, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Gary, AB, US
Reviewer   (4 reports)
Report Number 6171
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Carribbean, Cocos Island, Micronesia, Sipidan, Thailand, Maldives,
Indonesia, Vancouver
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
77   to 78    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  1 stars
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  1 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
2 stars  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
3 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
5 stars   
5 stars    
"My wife and I dove 2 days (Aug 5 and 6, 2011) with Top Dives-Bathsys
in Moorea.  The dive operation was ok (some of the dive masters were great)
but the we found the lead one rather indifferent and by day two, we didn't
feel all that welcome.  We checked out Moorea Fun Dives from the land and
after talking to other divers, we definitely want to go with them next time
instead of Top Dives in Moorea. With Top Dives-Bathsys there is often a
shark feeding.  It's something I don't usually go for but after 10 minutes
of sitting and watching the Black Tips and Greys (too many to count) it
turned into a regular dive but the sharks still hung around us.  My wife
went bananas with her video (it's actually Sealife Digital Camera (DC 1200)
with video capability) because this type of action is unreal when recorded
as a continuous stream.  Sharks will come very close to you (completely
unthreatening) and I couldn't resist breaking the rules once and did a
quick petting of a Black Tip.  Also, I usually question beginner dives
because of the general lack of Pelagics.  But not here. The diving is easy
(little drift) and maximum depth is 60 - 70 feet but it is some of the best
diving my wife and I have ever experienced.
Next day was not a feeding but both dive masters had a feeding tube around
there neck and I think the residual smell was enough to get the sharks
interested.  This time we were joined by Lemon sharks (one was around 9
feet long) and was incredibly thrilling to see Black Tips, Greys, and
Lemons all mixed up.  We also saw a fairly large school of Baracuda and
some pretty large Titan Trigger fish.
A few things to note about Moorea: They have only 9 or 10 dive sites and a
Crown-of-Thorns invasion a few years back wiped out most of the coral.  We
would like to stay at the Inter-Continental next time (this time it was the
Hilton) as that hotel is very close to the dive sites and StingRay World  -
took us 15 minutes in a rented Kayak to get to the Sand Bar where the rays
and sharks are.  StingRay World is quite similar to StingRay City in the
Grand Caymans but much better in my opinion as the encounters feel much
more natural.  They do get fed but if you go early enough in the morning or
later in the afternoon, you will avoid some of bigger tour boats and the 30
- 40 people they pack in them.
All in all, we loved Moorea but I think 3 days diving is plenty (allowing
for one morning or afternoon at StingRay World) as you will see boatloads
of sharks even without the shark feedings."	
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