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Dive Review of TOPdive/Big Fish Expeditions in
French Polynesia/Nuku Hiva & Rangiroa

TOPdive/Big Fish Expeditions: "French Polynesia - Nuku Hiva & Rangiroa - EPIC!", Feb, 2015,

by Gregg Backemeyer, FL, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 8 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 8402.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Revillagigedo (Socorro) Islands, Windward/Leeward Islands, ABC Islands, Mexico (numerous locations), Panama, Hawaii, Bahamas, Turks & Caicos, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Honduras, South Florida and more
Closest Airport Papeete, Tahiti Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, cloudy, dry Seas calm, choppy, surge, currents
Water Temp 75 to 85 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 2
Water Visibility 40 to 85 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Max depth with Nitrox, safety equipment on each diver
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 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 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments The is French Polynesia - not your friendly neighborhood valet service stuff for spoiled divers. Nevertheless we had lots of photo gear and had no problems. ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

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 5 stars
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced For Subscribers Only
Comments This was a two-part trip of a lifetime with the first week on our own and the second week a guided expedition with Andy Murch of Big Fish Expeditions. Everyone flies into Papeete on the island of Tahiti in the Society Islands. We immediately headed over to Rangiroa in the Tuamotu Islands archipelago and did our diving with TopDive. Shooting the passes are the rush dives and it is exhilirating to say the least. Lots of big pelagic animals and schooling fish. It's hard to explain the experience other than to say you will be mind blown. We would have loved to get over to Fakarava in the same island chain while so close but, alas, that would h ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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