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Dive Review of French Polynesia Master in
French Polynesia

French Polynesia Master: "Diving the Atoll Passes", Feb, 2019,

by Robert DeFeo, NJ, US (Contributor Contributor 19 reports with 7 Helpful votes). Report 10872 has 3 Helpful votes.

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 3 stars
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Comments Professional and courteous operation. Crew was the standout of the trip. Diving was in atoll passes on incoming tides only. Other dives near the passes but not in them. Reasons given were best visibility on incoming tides and speed of currents. Pass dives were drop in and rock and roll following the divemaster. Reef hooks used and advised for these dives. You can hold with gloves but much easier with reef hooks. Sharks, s ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Monterey, Channel Is, Sea of Cortez, Puget Sound, Caymans, Palau, Indonesia, Philippines, Truk, Fiji, Socorro Is, Texas lakes, Sonoma Coast, Big Island of Hawaii, Kauai, Niihau, Roatan, Maldives
Closest Airport Papeete Faa'a'International Getting There LAX - PPT Direct Air Tahiti-Nui

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 84-86°F / 29-30°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 100-150 Ft/ 30-46 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions 30m depth; surface together
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

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

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
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Subscriber's Comments

By Sean Bradyin NY, US at Apr 04, 2019 19:12 EST  
What was the length of your trip? Was the boat packed? They were very pushy when I expressed interest and am not sure if I will pursue. At 3 dives a day how much time was your own or did they fill the time with tours of the Atols? They offer a few iterneries, how were the inter island flights? I know a lot of questions, but I scored a cheap flight for our anniversary snf looking to build it out to be the honey moon i wish I could have afforded.
By Sean Bradyin NY, US at Apr 04, 2019 19:13 EST  
What was the length of your trip? Was the boat packed? They were very pushy when I expressed interest and am not sure if I will pursue. At 3 dives a day how much time was your own or did they fill the time with tours of the Atols? They offer a few iterneries, how were the inter island flights? I know a lot of questions, but I scored a cheap flight for our anniversary snf looking to build it out to be the honey moon i wish I could have afforded.
By report author: Robert DeFeo in NJ, US at Apr 11, 2019 05:12 EST  
Hi Sean, Trip was 7 days in length. Boat was full. Found entire crew helpful, courteous and great fun to be around. Plenty of time on your own. They offered two shore trips to the atolls. Three dives a day worked out fine for our group. The law prevents them from offering more in French Polynesia. Inter Island flights were well managed with no issues with bags but they do charge for extra weight which was done. Pack as light as possible paid up to $85 US for excess weight for two of us. They did a great job of moving us from and to the airports.
By Wendy Simonin CA, US at Jun 13, 2019 23:49 EST  
Hi Robert, thank you for your report. What condition are the reefs in? Is there a lot of coral bleaching/rubble? Do you think it would be worth spending the time for the 10 night voyage?
By report author: Robert DeFeo in NJ, US at Jun 14, 2019 10:40 EST  
Reefs were in great shape. Most of the dives are in the atoll channels. Saw no rubble or bleaching. Yes! 10-day trip would be very worthwhile!
By Wendy Simonin CA, US at Jun 14, 2019 17:32 EST  
Thanks so much Robert, I really appreciate your feedback!
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