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Dive Review of Y aka. / Top Dive/Kia Ora in
French Polynesia/Rangiroa

October, 2014, an Instant Reader Report by Anthony Bracco, CT, US (2 reports, with 4 Helpful votes)
Report Number 7764 has 3 Helpful votes
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Cayman Islands, Bonaire, Roatan, Saba, Palau, Chuuk
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Due to currents group diving is mandatory.   
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
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):
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Boat Facilities
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Dive from inflatables, so no rinse tanks or tables.
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Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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5 stars
Service and Attitude
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Let me review the diving first.  My report I feel is incomplete for the
reason the the island has basically two dive site, both are drift dives. 
Due to some back luck and Mother Nature the currents we're not favorable to
dive the drift any of the four days I was there.  This is the major
attraction. From what I have researched this brings in tons of large
schools and sharks.  That being said on my first dive I encountered white
tip, black tip, silver t ...
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By gailmorris at Jan 15, 2015 21:35 EST  
I'm planning to spend 8 nights there by myself in order to dive.  Is that
too long to spend on this one island?  Going there June 1 if I go.
By kneptoon at Jul 02, 2015 20:44 EST  
Your Top Dive review was right on. I had the same experience with them and
would never recommend to any one. Dive Spirit was better, but a little too
idiosyncratic for my wife
By gailmorris at Jul 02, 2015 21:24 EST  
I spent 7 nights in Rangiroa by myself in June. I dove 13 dives with
TopDive.  I would recommend trying a different company.  I should have, but
I bought a package.  Some of the dive masters were fine, but one man was
very arrogant.  He let divers touch the coral and even a sea turtle and
never said anything to them.  I had to keep asking to be put with
"good divers" as there was no effort put into assigning us
groups.  The boats were horribly crowded- like sardines in a zodiac- on my
first 6 dives, then the tour group left and it was better.  A lady I met on
island dove with "6 Passengers" and seemed to have had a better
experience in regards to attitude and safety.
By mikecolling at Aug 26, 2015 16:51 EST  
We dived with y aka summer of 2014. 5 days, ten dives. We shot the pass
when conditions were right. Great dive masters, small groups, very safe.
Amazing large pelagic encounters. Highly recommend
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