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Dive Review of TOPdive/Big Fish Expeditions in
French Polynesia/Nuku Hiva & Rangiroa

February, 2015, an Instant Reader Report by Gregg Backemeyer, FL, US
Reviewer   (4 reports)
"French Polynesia - Nuku Hiva & Rangiroa - EPIC!"
Report Number 8402
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Revillagigedo (Socorro) Islands, Windward/Leeward Islands, ABC Islands,
Mexico (numerous locations), Panama, Hawaii, Bahamas, Turks & Caicos,
Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Honduras, South Florida and more
Closest Airport
Papeete, Tahiti
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, cloudy, dry  
calm, choppy, surge, currents  
Water Temp
75   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 85    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Max depth with Nitrox, safety equipment on each diver  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
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Small Critters
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Large Fish
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Large Pelagics
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Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
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Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
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Shore Facilities  
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The is French Polynesia - not your friendly neighborhood valet service
stuff for spoiled divers.  Nevertheless we had lots of photo gear and had
no problems. ...
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Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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3 stars
Service and Attitude
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Environmental Sensitivity  
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Shore Diving  
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5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
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3 stars   
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This was a two-part trip of a lifetime with the first week on our own and
the second week a guided expedition with Andy Murch of Big Fish
Expeditions.  Everyone flies into Papeete on the island of Tahiti in the
Society Islands.  We immediately headed over to Rangiroa in the Tuamotu
Islands archipelago and did our diving with TopDive.  Shooting the passes
are the rush dives and it is exhilirating to say the least.  Lots of big
pelagic animals and schooling fish.  It's hard to explain the experience
other than to say you will be mind blown.  We would have loved to get over
to Fakarava in the same island chain while so close but, alas, that would h
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