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Dive Review of Moorea Blue Diving/Moorea Pearl Resort in
French Polynesia

Moorea Blue Diving/Moorea Pearl Resort, Sep, 2005,

by Rick Hart, TX, USA . Report 2043.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Cozumel, Grand Cayman; Little Cayman; Cayman Brac, Bonaire, Costa Rica, Palau, Utila, Bahamas, San Salvador, Bimini, and more
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 72 to 75 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 1
Water Visibility 80 to 50 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 500 psi on return
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 2 stars Shore Facilities 2 stars
UW Photo Comments There were no rinse buckets on the boat or at the dive shop. They are happy for you to take pictures, but you are on your own.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments The island of Moorea is absolutely beautiful. The waters are just what you would expect from French Polynesia. We flew Air Tahiti Nui from LAX to Tahiti. It is about an 8 hour direct flight. The planes are very nice and their service is also good. But, it is still a long flight in coach (for amere $700 per trip per person, they will upgrade you to business class). The Moorea Pearl Resort was great, the service wonderful and the food was good. We stayed in one of the premium overwater bungalows. The resort has an on site dive center (Moorea Blue Diving). It is a fairly new operation, but really convenient if staying at the resort. The boat was not crowded. You were expected to handle your own gear. Get your own gear to the boat, do your own geat setup and change tanks between dives. Not a big deal if you are expecting it ahead of time. The boat ride was only a few minutes out. Lots of black tip sharks and usually would see 3 or 4 big lemon sharks. Apparently, it is the custom of the dive guides to feed the sharks. The good news is that as soon as the boat tied to the mooring ball, fish (including sharks) would swarm the area. After a couple of dives, you begin to wish you could see the fish in their normal mode. The dives felt gimicky and staged.
Pretty much everything is expensive there. The good news is that typically, the Polynesians do not encourage tipping. There is one road that circles the island and it is around 35 miles long. We ate at various cafes/restaurants and they would send a car to pick you up and take you back to your resort when you finished at no cost. So, all in all a nice dinner was about the typical cost of a nice restaurant back home.
The water was clear and about the temparature that you would encounter in Hawaii (cool, but not cold). I wore a 1.5 mm wetsuit, and most folks wore a shorty. A skin would be too little, and any more than 1.5 mm probably too much.
I would return to Moorea for the scenary, and go to one of the smaller Polynesian islands for the diving.
All in all a great trip.
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