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Dive Review of Top Dive in
French Polynesia/Rangiroa

August, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Michael Benenson, NY, USA
Reviewer   (4 reports)
Report Number 5056
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Fiji, Palau, Thailand, Aruba, Puerto Rico, Grand Cayman, Australia...
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
75   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
70   to    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Depth limit  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Service and Attitude
Environmental Sensitivity  
3 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
4 stars   
4 stars    
Very friendly and knowledgable dive masters.  Although they were native
French-speakers, their English was great and it was very easy to
communicate with them, both above and below water.

The pre-dive brief was clearly given before each dive, including safety
information, dive site characteristics and water-entry procedures.

On our first day of diving we saw extensive tropical fish, a couple of sea
turtles and a surprise at the very end of the dive - a baby manta ray!  We
were down for a total bottom dive of around 45 minutes.  The only complaint
from one of my fellow divers was the current, which was strong in her
opinion, but it was intended to be a drift dive.

The second day we again saw a lot of tropical fish and some turtles again
as well.  No mantas the second dive :(

Water entry for both dives was a rear entry via zodiac boats.  It was many
of the divers' first rear entry, but all was successful.  As the dives were
outside the lagoon, the water was a little choppier on the trip to and from
the dive sites, but it was only a 10 - 15 minute trip from the dive
operation to the dive site.

Upon returning from the dives, there was tea and cookies waiting for us at
the dive operation :)  Also, since we were traveling via a cruise, Top Dive
picked us up from the dock that the tenders took us to.  Both days they
were on time, there waiting for us.  

Great start to the dive trip, would definitely return!
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