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Dive Review of Tahiti Iti, Eleuthera plongee and Bora Diving/Cruise, Pacific Princess in
French Polynesia/Tahiti and BoraBora

October, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Bruce Thompson, MN, USA
Report Number 908
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
0-25 dives
Where else diving
Minnesota - Certified in October.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
choppy, noCurrents  
Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
100   to 150    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Not more than 100 feet.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
Great subject matter(but these were my first real dives) Boats did not have
fresh water to rinse equipment but did on shore.  Boats had plenty of room
to keep equipment.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
4 stars    
We went to Tahiti on the Princess Cruise ship in late October. Ship was
great.  Smaller size but very elegant. Great Meals. and ports of call

Eleuthera plongee The first dive site was a single dive in 40-60 feet of
water.  Started in sand then to a reef with lots of fish.  Sharks all over.
 Black tipped sharks were around the whole dive.  We had 12 divers in 2
separate groups. Only hard part is the English was spoken only minimal
amount All other divers were French.

Tahiti Iti- Small dive shop on the other end of the island. Shop is not
much to look at but the service was top notch.
First dive was only myself with the divemaster.  Went to the lagoon about
100'. Coral, fish, eels  lots of time spent teaching me to observe the
little things.  Ran out of Film way to quick.
Second dive- we returned to the shop and picked up 7 more divers. Once
again the other divers were Tahitian or French. but the divemaster spoke
adequate English. We went outside the lagoon to a reef.  The wall dive went
down to 1500 feet. but we stayed about 90feet.  Within minutes I got
pictures of a Morey eel in the coral. It came out about a foot or so and
retreated back in the coral. We saw more Eels that were swimming in and out
of the coral.  Lots of reef fish.  Coral was great. Also saw a Giant Wraase
a couple times during the dive.  Once again lots of Sharks. about 2 dozen
black tipped sharks.  Great dive again.
I was told that in September  its easy to dive with the whales.

Bora Dive Center. Two tank dive. First one outside the lagoon. A Wall dive
at about 100'.  Once again SHARKS.  Black tipped ones.  Good coral and reef
fish.  Giant Wraase also.
Second dive was in the lagoon about 40-60' Good coral, reef fish, clams and
a Manta Ray... about 12' across. This dive was a little crowded.  about 60
snorkelers in the shallow areas. Had to get them out of the way to jump in
the water....

Overall the diving was first class....
Snorkeling was great to.  Did a drift snorkel at Tahaa. It was like a
mouses maze... lots of color in fish and coral.... 

This was a great trip.....   
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