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Dive Review of Paul Gauguin Luxury Cruise in
French Polynesia

Paul Gauguin Luxury Cruise, Dec, 2011,

by Brian Brown, CA, US (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports). Report 6714.

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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 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Single tank dives only at $95/tank, but you can book as many as you want. There are usually 2-3 day, but not every day. On a week trip during XMAS week, I did 5 dives and probably could only have done 2-3 more if I wanted to ignore my family.

Diving from the back of the ship from the water sports platform was very convenient and the crew were great. They take about 5 per zodiac, 2 zodiacs (sorted by experience) and the rides are only 10-15 min. to the dive sites. They are very helpful, very friendly, and watch the divers closely. They wash and store your equipment every day.

All the dives were to about 70'. We saw a ton of sharks (black tip reef and large lemons), but missed the eagle rays due to a thunderstorm that churned up the water. I dove Toopua, Tapu and Moorea

This is not really a dive trip, but an incredible cruise with diving thrown in as one of the activities. My family and I had a great time and I wouldn't hesitate to go back.
Websites Paul Gauguin Luxury Cruise   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving California, Baja California, Carribean, Hawaii
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather rainy, cloudy Seas calm
Water Temp 80-84°F / 27-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 75-100 Ft/ 23-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Dive with Divemaster in group of about 6. Dive plan announced in advance. No real opportunity to take off, divemaster comes looking for you.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 5 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 2 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments You can easily take your camera back to your room and rinse it to your heart's content in your bathtub, but there are no specific accomodations on the zodiac for your camera. The crew is very good about handing the camera to you.
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Subscriber's Comments

By Kathy Granger in AZ, US at Sep 29, 2012 16:28 EST  
We did a trip on the Paul Gauguin and loved diving with this crew! Fantastic experience !
By Linda Gerbis in ON, CA at Jul 01, 2017 00:32 EST  
Thanks for the heads up on the price of dives. This was the first report that gave that info.
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