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

TOPdive/Kia Ora: "Tiputa Pass delivers the goods!", Oct, 2018,

by craig grube, VA, US (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 20 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 10768 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments We stayed at the Kia Ora and used the Top Dive outpost on the resortís property. We stayed in an overwater bungalow at the Kia and could not have been more pleased (full review on Tripadvisor). The property is stunning and we saw small sharks every day from our bungalow deck. We would absolutely stay there again.

Top Dive was very convenient and the boat left from their dock and you were at Tiputa pass in 5 minutes. Boats are small inflatables so only take with you whatís going in the water. No rinse tank or table. The surface interval is back at the resort since itís so close. The dive gear is included in the price so I didnít feel a need to lug everything, especially with the luggage restrictions on the flight from Papeete to Rangiroa. The rental gear was also in good shape.

During surface interval you can use the warm shower and rinse tanks at the Top Dive office and hang your gear there for your next dive. They also have shelves to leave your towel, flip-flops, etc.

The diving was great with numerous sharks on each dive, huge schools of fish, dolphins swimming around you, massive eagle rays, and morays. It was everything I had hoped for. The drift dive at 90í through the pass is a high-speed wonderland. If you donít have good skills and experience I donít recommend the deep drift dive and frankly they likely wonít allow you to do it. I would recommend emailing them before you book the trip to see what they will require for you to do the drift dive if itís a bucket list thing for you as their rules can be somewhat confusing.

The dive guides and office staff were friendly and helpful and all my dives were 60 minutes. They strive to limit depths to 60í unless you are cleared to do the deeper drift dive. They only have 32% Nitrox which is included in the price. The diving is not inexpensive. You get discounts for multiple dives, check their website.

Scheduling calls for flexibility. I booked 3 dives over 3 days in advance online. Only 1 of the dives was at the time I booked. I am not sure what their algorithm is but they usually let you know the evening before what time your dive will be.

I cant wait to go back as it was amazing. I would stay at Kia Ora and use Top Dive again.
Websites TOPdive   Kia Ora

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving hawaii, tahiti, belize, little cayman, costa rica, florida keys. Turks & Caicos
Closest Airport Rangiroa Getting There Flight from Papeete to Rangiroa. Numerous time options and things ran on time.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 84-85°F / 29-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60-70 Ft/ 18-21 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Needed to stay with the dive guide and were limited to 60' for most dives.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 1 stars Large Fish 5 stars
Large Pelagics 5 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments No rinse tank or table on boat as it is a small inflatable with back roll entry. Back at the resort, the office has showers and rinse tanks. They will hand exchange your camera while you are in the water.
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By GARY in TX, US at Feb 04, 2020 02:51 EST  
Hello, Enjoyed your article very much!!! May I ask your pricing experience on diving multiple days in a row of approx 7 days diving,us there such a thing as economical cost in accommodations and is there economical food pricing in the Island??!? Thanks
By report author: craig grube in VA, US at Feb 04, 2020 19:50 EST  
I only did 3 days of diving so would suggest you email the dive operator directly. They do have multiple day discounts on their website. There is nothing inexpensive on the island. It is so remote and everything has to be brought in. It is paradise and paradise doesn't come cheap. I hope you go as it is amazing.
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