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Dive Review of Six Passengers/Kia Ora in
French Polynesia/Rangiroa

Six Passengers/Kia Ora, Dec, 2009,

by ellen Gooch, NY, US ( 1 report). Report 5796.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Maldives, Hawaii, Caribbean (Turks and Caicos, Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, Bonaire, Mustique, Dominica, Bahamas etc.) Indonesia, Mexico (both coasts), Costa Rica
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas currents
Water Temp 77 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions You must be a CMAS level two diver or equivalent (for PADI, this means Rescue Diver and above) to do the deep dives past 95 feet.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters N/A Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics 5 stars

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 2 stars
Service and Attitude 2 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments I've been diving for nearly 20 years, in such places as the Maldives, most of the Caribbean, Costa Rica, Hawaii, Mexico (both coasts) and Indonesia. Rangiroa offered by far the best diving. That is, if you are properly certified (PADI Advanced isn't good enough). This is high octane diving featuring insane numbers of fish, healthy corals and sharks galore. Oh and the Dolphins. The most polite dolphins on the planet, they seem to go out of their way to greet each and every diver each and every day. If you are lucky, they might even stop by to say hi if you hang out in the blue at 60 feet. Amazing! Six passengers is an ideal operation; they have small boats and they divide divers by skill level. We visited other surrounding islands, but returned to Rangiroa. The hotel was overpriced but OK, apparently they are renovating now. The island itself is worth biking around. But diving is the focus.
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