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Dive Review of Paul Gauguin Luxury Cruise in
French Polynesia

Paul Gauguin Luxury Cruise: "m/s Paul Gauguin Tahiti Diving", Feb, 2017,

by Bob Sivak, TX, US ( 2 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 9974 has 1 Helpful vote.

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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 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments I tried to come up with a great dive trip that my non-diving wife would also enjoy. Having read on Undercurrent about diving from the Paul Gauguin some years ago, I decided to give it a try. Great choice! I wanted to see sharks and did I. After the first 90 seconds in the water I stopped counting the plentiful, big grey reef sharks. I saw over 200 in all! Also, saw a few white tips and black tips. Massive schools of jacks, surgeon fish, unicorns, butterflies, etc. Our seven day trip included stops at Fakarava and Rangiora. We had great tide conditions at both locations and rode them through the atoll passes. Overall, very good shark diving!
The Gauguin alone could get a separate review. The on board dive shop was first rate, with good rental equipment and helpful staff. We really enjoyed the food, staterooms and service. Excursions (diving) where very reasonably priced. Also the ship only has 350 guests on board so getting off and on was easy. Diet before you go!
Websites Paul Gauguin Luxury Cruise   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Thailand, Philippines, Hawaii, CA, Mexico, Costa Rica, FL, Nassau, Exuma, Barbados, Grand Cayman
Closest Airport PPT Getting There LAX-PPT non-stop on Air France.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 82-84°F / 28-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 2
Water Visibility 50-100 Ft/ 15-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Due to the strong tidal currents, we had to stick together but after shooting through the passes, very easy going.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

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 4 stars
Large Pelagics 5 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments No facilities on the RIB tenders but full lab on the ship.
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