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Dive Review of M/S Paul Gauguin&Dive Blue Nui in
French Polynesia

M/S Paul Gauguin&Dive Blue Nui, Mar, 2004,

by David S. Wisdom M.D., Or, U.S.A. . Report 951 has 1 Helpful vote.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Solomons, Fiji. Hawaii, Bali, Caribean
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy Seas calm, choppy, surge
Water Temp 80 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions M/S P. Gauguin = Depth and time
Blue Nui = Depth and air consumption
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments P. Gauguin- Zodiacs, no real camera accommodation
Blue Nui on Tikehau, Twin hull, dual outboards, dual ladders, covered, No photographers on our trip

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments The M/S P. Gauguin is not a liveaboard dive boat but is an exquisite small cruise ship. The accommodations and dining is outstanding. The service is impeccable. It can take 320 passengers but when my wife and I were there in early March ( the end of the rainy season) there were only 220. They have excellent dive equipment and instruction. Several people went for transfers for open water cert. They allow for a total of 4 of their own dives and one additional nite dive is contracted out. These are 1 tank dives. Dives inside the lagoon are O.K. with lower vis., hard coral and tropicals. Outside is clearer, deeper with Black tips, lemon sharks, Napoleons, Eagle Rays. A 2 day storm limited one outside dive to and inside and it was mediocre.
Tikehau Pearl Resort and Blue Nui Divers is a special place. Romantic and picturesque. There are Fave' (burre's) over the lagoon, fans but no A.C.- nice breeze. Again great diving outside of the reef. Add to above, schooling ball of Jacks, White Tips, Manta, large Morays and Spotted Eagle Rays. Again the equipment is good. Take your fins tho and mask. I brought regs. because I didn't want to deal with meter depths and bars for tank pressure. It's a small place - boardwalk rolls up at nitefall. In spite of napping every afternoon we still slept like we were drugged. (we weren't really but maybe G &T's helped a bit). Musicians only on the Sat. nite we arrived. Tikehau is 50 min. north of Papeete in the Tuamotu Is. chain- right next to Rangiroa. Go for 4 or 5 days then switch to another Pearl Resort on a different island.
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