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Dive Review of TOPdive/Havaiki in
French Polynesia/Fakarava

TOPdive/Havaiki: "Not just for pearl divers", Jun, 2021,

by Martin Klein, NC, US (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports with 4 Helpful votes). Report 11700 has 3 Helpful votes.

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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 3 stars
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Comments Fakarava is one of the more rustic islands in French Polynesia. Havaiki, where we stayed, is said to be the most upscale accommodation on the island. It is situated on a very nice beach. You stay in beach huts that are functionally appointed and offer air conditioning. There is very little storage space, especially for divers. The bath with a shower is small and rinsing dive gear would be a challenge. We were travelling with our teenage kids and booked a beach hut for four. We were warned that it would be tight and it was. It would be fine for two people. WiFi works best at the beach bar. At our hut there was no WiFi reception at all.

Rooms come with a meal plan. Breakfast is bread/French pastries, and an assortment of jams and deli type meats. They will also prepare eggs. Dinner is a pre-set three course meal. Appetizers were mostly good, and deserts were their strength. Entrees were disappointing. It seemed like their kitchen could not handle preparing so many of the same meals at the same time. They would bring out all the entrees to the different tables around the same time. The fish was usually way overcooked and dry and the meat did not impress either. That being said, service was friendly but hours are limited. As I recall, there is a 1 1/2 hour window for dinner. The beach bar is closed in the evening. There are a few scattered re ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
Websites TOPdive   Havaiki

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, Florida, Indonesia, Thailand, South Africa, Hawaii, Galapagos
Closest Airport Fakarava Getting There via San Francisco, Papeete (Tahiti)

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy, cloudy Seas calm, choppy, currents
Water Temp 83-85°F / 28-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 100-0 Ft/ 30-0 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available?

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 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

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

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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By MICHAEL ZAGACHIN in MA, US at Nov 04, 2021 09:49 EST  
In case you wondering, this is one of the best reports I ever read on Undercurrent. And I am a member since forever. Thank you.
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