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Dive Review of Bathy's/Hibiscus in
French Polynesia/Moorea

Bathy's/Hibiscus, May, 2002,

by Bob Woods, CA, USA . Report 111.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Most of Caribbean, Fiji, Tonga, Maldives, Indonesia (N. Sulawesi), eastern Pacific (Panama, Costa Rica)
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 78 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30 to 75 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Stay with DM
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish 2 stars
Small Critters 1 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 1 stars Food 2 stars
Service and Attitude 1 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 2 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 2 stars
Comments We dove with Bathys Club at the Intercontinental Beachcomber, which is where we were supposed to stay before a forced schedule change. They picked us up daily by van (by car, after the van broke) from the resort we ended up staying at and brought us and our gear to the shop, but surprisingly they had no storage for our gearwe had to schlep it back and forth every day. Then we had to lug it from the shop (about 100 M) to the boat and set it up. It would have been nice to have a cart or something, but when we asked we were told there was none available; actually there was one, but it was for the exclusive use of the crew and for hauling tanksbut not for the customers. We also found the boat to be crowded, 12 or more divers on a double-outboard that more commonly accommodates no more than 6. After the dive the crew pointed out to us where we were to rinse our gear after we had unrigged it and hauled it to the rinse tank (no help from them), and then we packed it up for the ride back to the hotel. Other comments include no snacks (or even water!) on the dive boat, although the rides to the dive sites were very short5 to 10 minutes or so. Back roll in, fairly easy exit on a detachable ladder. They were flexible about how you got outi.e. whether you want to take off your fins, BC, etc. in the water or not.

The dive routine seemed to be if customers were available the morning dive was a shark feeding dive, although it seemed more mackerel got fed than sharks. But there generally were a bunch of 3-5 foot blacktips and a couple of good sized lemons, and what the hell, we got wet. On the bottom there was nice healthy hard coral; for reasons I dont fully understand there seems to be no soft coral in French Polynesia. We saw the usual supply of butterflyfish, groupers, and so on, but nothing unusual. OK diving, but not worth a trip.
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