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Dive Review of Bora Diving Center/Club Med in
French Polynesia/Bora Bora

Bora Diving Center/Club Med, Aug, 2004,

by Ed Gross, TX, US . Report 1755.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Fiji, Hawaii, Cozumel, Saba, Roatan, Bonaire
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 79 to 81 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

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

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 5 stars
Large Pelagics 5 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments Most of the dive boats in Bora Bora are 24 foot aluminum hull, accomodating 6 to 10 divers. Not a lot of room for a fresh water rinse tank on board, but all of the sites are close to any dive shop. Bora Diving Center provided a fresh water rinse and shower at their shop, which was not more than 20 minutes away from any dive site.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Incredible pelagic diving. Schools of large lemons and good size black tip and gray reef sharks. Lots of mantas and a large school(?) of eagle rays (> 20). Hard coral in great shape, especially considering the hurricane that came through five years ago. Not much soft coral. Macro stuff is there, just not plentiful - white faced pipe fish ,etc. 3 scorpion fish sitting out on a coral head at night.

Most of the diving is pretty easy, although the seasonal strong south wind can create some currents. Bora Diving very accommodating to our schedule, promptly picking us up at the appointed time at Club Med every day. And they were flexible with our dive schedule (didn't have to book every dive in advance, and could change as needed). The dive masters all knew the sites well, and how to find the big stuff. When 4 other dives did not show up for a dive night, the crew took only 2 of us out for a private night dive.

Club Med was nice - not too big, maybe 200 guests total. Food was served buffet style, but the serving containers were not very big, so they were refilled often - never empty, always fresh. Every meal included food you could order: eggs for breakfast, and some sort of meat or fish with lunch or dinner, including a sushi chef a few times at dinner. The rest of Bora Bora is nice, but its as expensive as its every been. Had to stay overnight in Papeete on the way there, the Mandarin Hotel had an adequate room for 4 people, and was the only hotel that we could find that had a reasonable room rate (<$500) for 4 people.
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