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

TOPdive/Kia Ora: "Paradise Found", Jun, 2021,

by Martin Klein, NC, US (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports with 3 Helpful votes). Report 11699.

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 5 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 4 stars
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Comments TopDive with Yannick was great. First time on a dive trip that we, two adults + two teenagers, rented regs and BCs instead of bringing our own. Equipment was in good shape and they had a good selection of sizes. All diving is on Nitrox. As is always the case in French Polynesia, you are a bit of a second class citizen without a French agency (CMAS I believe) diving certification. With a non-French OW certification you are limited to 60 feet. While that is doable, you really want to go to 80-100ft at Tiputa. If you have an Advanced certification, a decent diving resume and show competency on your first dive you won't be held to 60ft.

Diving at Tiputa pass was spectacular. Fish life and reef are stunning. The water clarit ... 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 Caribbean, Florida, Indonesia, Thailand, South Africa, Hawaii, Galapagos
Closest Airport Rangiroa Getting There via San Francisco, Papeete, Tahiti

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry 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 no
Enforced diving restrictions 90 ft depth
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
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Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

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

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities N/A
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By Renee Ross in OR, US at Oct 23, 2021 16:44 EST  
Did you book your stay & diving with a travel agent? What airline did you fly?
By report author: Martin Klein in NC, US at Oct 23, 2021 17:42 EST  
I didnít use an agent. We flew United to Papeete. The inter-island flights were all on Air Tahiti booked through their website. They offer multi-island packages. I booked the Kia Ora through Booking.com. For the Havaiki on Fakarava I booked directly through their website.
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