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Dive Review of Bora Diving Center/Novotel Bora Bora Beach Resort in
French Polynesia/Bora Bora

Bora Diving Center/Novotel Bora Bora Beach Resort, Aug, 2006,

by Vicky Polashock, GA, US (Reviewer Reviewer 6 reports). Report 3004.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, Red Sea, Gulf of Mexico
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather rainy Seas choppy
Water Temp 80 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 0 to 0 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Depth, bottom time
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 2 stars
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 2 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 2 stars
Comments While in Bora Bora we did one night dive with the Bora Diving Center. We were not impressed; it seems geared toward guests on cruise ships and 5-star hotels. We picked up 6 divers from the Paul Gauguin cruise ship and 1 from the Hotel Bora Bora. At the HBB dock we saw a manta ray eating plankton near the underwater dock lights. The crew had asked in advance how much weight we needed and what size BC's, and had already set up tanks before we boarded. On board the boat they wouldn't point out which set up was each of ours, they told us to wait until we got to the dive site. Then when we attached to the mooring buoy they quickly hustled divers to the edge of the boat, strapped on whichever BC fit, and threw them overboard - most of them didn't even take a breath from their regs first or check their tank fill. My husband and I were the only ones who insisted on even a rudimentary gear check first. The gear wasn't in great shape, either - my husband's BC inflator valve leaked and he had to dump air constantly throughout the dive. This operation is more suited to the occasional resort diver who doesn't want to hassle at all with pesky details like gear checks.
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