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Dive Review of Blue Nui/Pearl Beach Resort in
French Polynesia/Manihi

Blue Nui/Pearl Beach Resort, May, 2002,

by Bob Woods, CA, USA . Report 113.

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, currents
Water Temp 85 to 85 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 15 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Dive your computer
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 2 stars Large Fish 3 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 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Blue Nui Manihi, as run by shop manager Stèphane Hamon, is absolutely top of the line. They tried hard to please, we never had to touch our gear, and we were treated as friends rather than just customers. This is one of the few times on any trip that when we left the dive shop for the last time it was hugs & kisses all aroundMarina for me and Stèphane and Julien for my wife Léone. The routine here is a morning dive at about 8:30 (or 10:30 if no one wanted to dive early; they bent over backwards to be accommodating), back in for lunch, and another dive around 2:00 or so. You do a 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. Restrictions depended on what the dive staff perceived your experience level to be; we could pretty much do whatever we wanted, while some others were closely shadowed and held under a tight rein.

The diving is varied, ranging from calm, quiet wall & reef dives to flying drift dives through the lagoon entry (The Break) at tide change. On the wall and reef inside and outside the lagoon, there are coral-covered canyons, channels, and the undersides of ledges to swim through. There is plenty of healthy hard coral (for reasons I dont fully understand there seems to be no soft coral in French Polynesia). Fish life includes lionfish, white tips, black tips, eagle rays, Napoleonfish, clouds of pyramid butterflies, unicornfish, flame angelfish, ringtail wrasse, and unique to the Tuamotu islands, the beautiful bird wrasse.

The dives in the channel at full current were wild rides and great fun. You would either drop into the channel, or start in still water at one end. If you didnt drop into the channel itself you would be in fairly calm water for a few minutes with a moderate (1-3 knots) current, then accelerate as you go through the shallow break. When you again hit the deeper water at the other end its like hitting a wall of still water, with everyone tumbling head over heels as the currents meet. Then its nice and calm again until youre ready for the boat to pick up survivors.
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