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Dive Review of O2 Divers/Havaiki Lodge in
French Polynesia

O2 Divers/Havaiki Lodge : "Great diving in French Polynesia, and not much jetlag", Oct, 2023,

by Kelley McDaneld, CO, US (Reviewer Reviewer 4 reports). Report 12865.

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 4 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 1 stars
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Comments We took United through SFO to Tahiti—seemed very easy compared to traveling to Indonesia, only an 8 hour flight from SFO and only a 4 hour time change for us, so jetlag was minimal. We went for 17 nights, but you could easily go for 14 and feel plenty relaxed.

Stayed at Kon Tiki in downtown Papeete on our first night—brand new hotel. Somewhat loud because of nightclub next door. Great location if you want to explore the downtown market or take the ferry to Moorea (hotel is directly across from Ferry building). Reasonable price for hotel in Tahiti. Some good croissants nearby. Overall food in Papeete was quite expensive and just okay. We ate more croissants, sashimi tuna and french fries than we ever have on this trip. Not a bad combo. On our way back through Tahiti, we stayed at the Hilton out near the airport. Really nice hotel—got an upgrade. Expensive but probably worth it. Great views.

Flew Air Tahiti to Fakarava and stayed in the North part of the island at Havaiki Lodge. Our favorite place of the trip. Lodging includes 2 meals a day and food was very good. Small bar on site with good cocktails. We stayed in a beach bungalow directly on the beach—was nice, but nothing compares to the Indonesian style of lodging. Lunch restaurant on site is great. Not a lot of outside food options nearby, but there was one we tried called Hiranaki Lounge in the small town that was excellent! Met some sailboaters who had sold everything and bought a boat (German or Swiss so they spoke English) and compared stories.

In North Fakarava we dove with O2 Divers—they picked us up at the hotel each morning. Very proficient operation, would dive with them again with some caveats. Some things to note: almost everyone dives with large tanks and almost no one dives with Nitrox. Almost all dives are deco dives, and this wasn’t communicated to us beforehand. We screwed up on the very first dive of the tri ... 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 Komodo, Raja Ampat, Halmahera, Banda Sea, Islas Revillagigedo, Sea of Cortez, Fakarava, Rangiroa, Fiji, Phillipines, Grand Cayman, Bonaire, Roatan, Cozumel, Bahamas
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas surge, currents
Water Temp -°F / -°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility - Ft/ - M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

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Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
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