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Dive Review of Paul Gauguin Luxury Cruise in
French Polynesia/Bora Bora, Moorea

Paul Gauguin Luxury Cruise: "Reserve Early, Reserve Often", Aug, 2019,

by Richard M Tavan, CA, US (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 11009.

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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 3 stars
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 4 stars
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Comments This was my first opportunity to dive in the South Pacific. The M/S Paul Gaugin is a luxury cruise ship that majors in land tours and minors in diving. The dive desk is open from time to time near the main reception area. The excellent dive dock at the aft water line is open when dive excursions are under way and used to launch RIBs to nearby dive sites. The RIBs were pretty tight but the rides were short. There was no diving from the main ship. The dive dock has rental equipment, hot fresh water shower, and some small cubbies for stowing extra gear. Leave as much as possible in your cabin. The dive staff were outstanding - friendly, efficient, knowledgeable, and helpful.

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Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Monterey CA, Channel Islands CA, Hawaii, Galapagos, many places in the Caribbean.
Closest Airport Papeete Getting There Direct flight from/to SFO on United was excellent.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, cloudy Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 80-82°F / 27-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50-80 Ft/ 15-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 50-60 minute limit; most divers followed the DM; a few UWPs dived their own profile.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
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Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments Plenty of space in your own cabin with electricity. Rinse tanks on the dive deck. Some attention to UWPs but not a pr ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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