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Dive Review of TOPdive/Kia Ora in
French Polynesia/Rangiroa

TOPdive/Kia Ora: "Dive in Paradise", Jul, 2018,

by MAX WEINMANN, GA, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 7 reports with 12 Helpful votes). Report 10385 has 2 Helpful votes.

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced For Subscribers Only
Comments After a very disappointing experience with the French Polynesia Master Liveaboard, it was with tremendous trepidation that I reached Rangiroa. Had I had known what I know now, I would have forgone the liveaboard and just gone straight to Top Dive. Rangiroa is beautiful and epitomizes the Tahitian islands of paintings and tropical paradises that divers dream of.

Upon reaching their on site store in the Kia Ora Resort, I was welcomed by one of their supervisors who greeted me warmly and promptly started organizing my dive schedule. There are 4 dives per day, 7am, 10am, 2pm and 4pm. I needed some rest and chose the 10am and 2pm pathway as I really just couldn't deal with the concept of getting up early.

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Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving New Guinea, GBR, Sea of Cortez, Fiji, Vanuatu, Australia, Palau
Closest Airport Rangiroa Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy, currents
Water Temp 80-85°F / 27-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility - Ft/ - M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions Divers are limited according to qualifications ; open water divers to 20 meters, master divers 30 meters
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
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 boats are rigid hull inflatables and are packed by the side of the driver or in the back. Either way, the ride is stable and extremel ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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By gailmorrisin , at Sep 15, 2018 01:52 EST  
Divers clinging to the fins of the wild dolphins? Seriously hope you are kidding about that.
By report author: MAX WEINMANN in GA, US at Sep 15, 2018 03:20 EST  
Sadly, despite briefings strongly discouraging that type of behavior many divers demonstrated a type of deep water dolphin narcosis where the only thing of importance was to come into physical contact with the dolphin irrespective of depth, dive tables and the laws of reason. Confronting them was not met with any type of logical or meaningful response other than a distorted sense of entitlement.
By gailmorrisin , at Sep 15, 2018 10:01 EST  
Unfortunately, a few years ago , I dove there with Top Dive and the dive master didn't stop a diver from grabbing a sea turtle on either side of his shell and shaking the turtle as the wife and daughter filmed it. Up top, the Dive Master told us he wasn't suppose to harass the divers.
By kevin willohin CA, US at Jan 12, 2019 18:10 EST  
I know this is a long shot but I was wondering if there are any depth regs enforced regarding freediving? I find the 30m max scuba depth disconcerting as there are a few very deep sites there (the cavern for example).
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