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Dive Review of 6 Passenger/Kia Ora in
French Polynesia/Rangiroa

6 Passenger/Kia Ora: "Dolphins, Yes/Disappointment Plenty", Oct, 2021,

by Rose Mueller , MO, US (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 27 reports with 13 Helpful votes). Report 12061.

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Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations N/A Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 1 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 1 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments 6 Passenger has 2 locations. We used the one at the resort in which we stayed. The resort itself is overpriced and very tired. We had to re-book this trip 4 times to make it happen. The island kept closing. My husband's dream was to dive with dolphins and this was to be a great place to do it. The diving was from zodiac boats and it was difficult. We were paired for 2 days with an older American couple that couldn't dive. She asked the first dive, "Which button do I use to inflate?" He defecated in his wet suit! We were in 30-35' with so much surge it was sickening. The director, Benoit, could have cared less until we caused so much trouble he finally gave us a guide for one dive. That dive was incredible. We were in the mouth of Tiputa Pass. At about 85' we saw the column of barracuda enjoying the bubbles of the divers. The dolphins came. The dive master of another group had a great admirer-a female dolphin. She wanted him to caress her and that he did. A 9', very large black dolphin came towards us. I began to pet it and he quickly bit my two wrists. I was quite shocked as we were told they did not bite! He was controlled but bit none the less. The one bite still flares up at times. I gather he was the alpha male and she was HIS! I was there and he took out his aggression on me. They are lovely to watch and the interaction is quite stimulating. We never were allowed to do tiputa pass with current. Again, we faced age discrimination. I would never suggest diving with this operation. I would not stay more than 2 days either. Aside from the dolphins it was a huge disappointment.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Most places it's warm
Closest Airport Papeete Getting There San Fran or LA to Papeete and puddle jumper to Rangiroa

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 80-83°F / 27-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 20-40 Ft/ 6-12 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions They do not match divers with equal experience
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 1 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 1 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics 5 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments There was little to see other than the dolphins and barracuda and juvenile fish close to the surface.
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