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Dive Review of Lindblad National Geographic Orion in
French Polynesia/Tuamotu and Marquesas

Lindblad National Geographic Orion: "expedition cruise which offers diving, but not a dedicated liveaboard", Oct, 2018,

by Fred Kolo, NY, US ( 2 reports with 3 Helpful votes). Report 10538 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling 4 stars
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced For Subscribers Only
Comments I've recently returned from a fine 2 week "expedition cruise" on the National Geographic Orion, an itinerary that included almost exclusively the Tuamotu archipelago and the Marquesas in French Polynesia. Scuba diving was offered on this Lindblad National Geographic Expeditions trip, unlike on most of their many journeys, but it was not a diving trip per se. The big question, and it was mine, is what does this company's travel opportunities offer to the dedicated scuba diver? The Lindblad catalogues and web site only mention diving unobtrusively in their itinerary descriptions. If they use the word dive you will know that it will be offered, but if you don't see that word it will not be offered. Currently their trips on the Orion in the South Pacific do feature diving.

The company demands a full presentation of certification and diving experience as well as a doctor's fitness-to-dive letter. If one has not dived in the past year they ask that one takes a PADI refresher course, (which, it turns out, can be done on the trip itself should that be necessary.)

There were 11 divers among the 80+ passengers on the ship. There was a dive staff of 5: the head of the dive program, the smart, energetic, and skillful Maya, two dive masters that had been there for most of their South Pacific itineraries (Shawn and Christian) and two ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Moorea, Rangiroa, Grand Turk, various Bahamas, Sipaden, Loma Loma Fiji, Martinique, Cayman and Little Cayman, Belize, more and not at all in that order
Closest Airport Papeete Getting There This was a well organized Lindblad expedition trip. Fly to Papeete, board the Orion that evening. They provide a day room in Papeete

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 80-80°F / 27-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50-80 Ft/ 15-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions This was group diving with generally 2 dive masters. There were 11 divers on the ship out of the 80+ passengers.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 3 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 N/A
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments There are no special accommodations for underwater photographers though recharging could happen in one's room. None of the divers on this trip had more than an underwater point-and-shoot. Every dive ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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