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

TOPdive/Kia Ora: "Wonderful diving with dolphins!", Sep, 2018,

by Stephanie Knott, CA, US (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 10742 has 1 Helpful vote.

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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 3 stars
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Comments We did 18 dives with Top Dive (excellent organization), which was on the premises of our hotel, the Kia Ora. We dove the Tiputa Pass if the current was flowing into the lagoon and otherwise stayed just outside the pass. (The visibility is very poor if the current is outgoing.) We were usually dropped off (back roll) in the deep offshore blue water, where we would often hang at about 60-70 feet and wait for big stuff to show up. The water was a magnificent blue. We didnít spend too much time near the reef, except when diving in the pass, which was a fast drift unless we dipped down into a depression and held on.

On about half of our dives, we had close encounters with dolphins. Sometimes a small group (up to five) would just check us out, but some o ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
Websites TOPdive   Kia Ora

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Papua New Guinea, Sulawesi, Fiji, Cook Islands, Great Barrier Reef, Ningaloo Reef, Little Caymen, Cozumel, Belize, Saba, Baja, California, Hawaii
Closest Airport Rangiroa Getting There LAX to Tahiti and then a 1-hour flight to Rangiroa

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy Seas calm, choppy, currents
Water Temp 79-81°F / 26-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 50-80 Ft/ 15-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Dove with small group; usually above 100 ft
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 1 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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