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Dive Review of Dive Spirit/Pension Paparara in
French Polynesia/Fakarava (North)

Dive Spirit/Pension Paparara: "Holy Fakarava! (North)", Aug, 2016,

by Lindsay Battles, CA, US (Reviewer Reviewer 6 reports with 6 Helpful votes). Report 9289 has 2 Helpful votes.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments The diving in Fakarava is phenomenal, so magical that I wish it could remain a secret forever. Pristine reefs bursting with life. Fish soup, plus lots of big stuff - sharks and mantas - with happy surprises on almost every dive. In just a few days, we saw a sailfish, a manta, and more sharks than we could count - including a silky shark, and a very unexpected WHALESHARK! Fakarava is truly our Mecca of tropical diving.

Loved Dive Spirit. We especially appreciated the higher capacity steel tanks, fast boat, and our knowledgeable and attentive guides. Some of the diving in Fakarava is a bit technical (incoming current dives involve very strong currents and decompression stops), but Dive Spirit went out of their way to make sure we had a safe, comfortable and unforgettable experience.

Pension Paparara was a great find. Charming bungalows, with plenty of space (and hot showers!), right on the lagoon with unforgettable views of the sunset. Great access to the magical water of Fakarava, with a nice swimming beach at your doorstep. We especially loved watching the resident black tip reef sharks and nurse shark swimming around the dock in the evening. Our hosts could not have been more gracious-- such warm hospitality and incredible food.
Websites Dive Spirit   Pension Paparara

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Komodo, Bali, Rangiroa, Red Sea, Caribbean (Turks & Caicos, Roatan, Cozumel, Cayman, BVI), Zanzibar, California, Spain
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy, dry Seas calm, choppy, currents
Water Temp 83-85°F / 28-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 100-200 Ft/ 30-61 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions There are two types of dives: regular dives along the wall (no restrictions) and incoming current dives (restricted by deco time - no more than 10 mins. deco before starting to ascend)
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks 1 or 2
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters N/A Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics 5 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]
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