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Dive Review of Orca Diving/bed and breakfast unrelated in
Other Locations

January, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Harvey Monroe, NM, USA
Report Number 2073
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Carribean all around, North Carolina, FdN Brazil,Panama-Carribean-Pacific,
French Polynesia, California, Blue Hole-New Mexico 
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy, dry  
calm, noCurrents  
Water Temp
73   to 0    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
100   to 200    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Operation is mainly set up for divers for 1-2days, we spent 7 days  there
after the 2nd day they catered to our diving desires depth and time
followed computers.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
This is the far south pacific which is all hard corals and volcanic
formations cool crystal clear water.  Fish life was not plentiful but
unique to the area with 30%-50% endemic to the region.  The visiblity was
the best I've ever seen. With some spectacular coral encrusted rock walls
and formations. The boats where small panga type boats usually taking out
no more than eight divers.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
5 stars    
The undercurrent report was accurate and still up to date. This is
definitely off the beaten track.  Mostly, South Americans, European and
Japanese tourist come to see the archeological features which are not to be
missed. We spent more time underwater than above. The best deals for
accommodations are at the pensions which are a much better deal than the
2-3 hotels, expect to spend between $40-$80 per night for high season which
is the X-mas holidays. The climate is sub-tropical and can be cool at night
or when it rains.  The Rapa Nui-Polynesian Culture has been preserved to a
great extent even though the Island is Chilean. They have several dance
performances that are not to be missed. The Orongo Village is a very
memorable spot on the side of a volcanic crater overlooking the Ocean and
the two small islands or Motus
Orca Diving which is the more professional, owned by ex-Cousteau Diver, of
the islands two dive operations has three very capable dive leaders who
tend to be a little overly protective of the recent arrivals. They loosened
up after the 2nd day. Cladio, Christian and Jose-Luis all are very
personable. The Motu Nui and Motu Iti are not to be missed.  Shear
pinnacles that rise up out of the south ocean coast. We did several dives
there to over 150 ft.  Other spots not to be missed are the Dos Cuevas, the
Giant Coral Head and Hang Roa Reef. The fish life is not profuse but
unique, colorful and interesting.  The coral is colorful hard varieties.  
Isla de Pascua or Rapa Nui is off the beaten track, 5 hours from Santiago,
but for those that want something different I would recommend it for the
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