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Dive Review of TOPdive/Hotel Mai Tai in
French Polynesia/Rangiroa

TOPdive/Hotel Mai Tai: "Beyond expectations trip to Rangiroa", Oct, 2022,

by Luz Cobarrubias, CA, US ( 1 report). Report 12196.

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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 N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 1 stars
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Comments Review of Rangiroa

Rangiroa has been on our list of must dive locations for over a decade and we finally made it there! Although we always try to keep expectations to a minimum about all dive trips (best to be pleasantly surprised!) - so many factors can make one persons heaven on earth another personís living hell - this was, without a doubt, some of the most unique and magical diving we have ever done. So here goes:

Seamless, direct flight from SFO to Papeete. One night at a perfectly acceptable hotel near the airport to catch early flight to Rangiroa. Beautiful aerial views from small plane over French Polynesia. Landed in Rangiroa, met at airport by driver from Hotel Mai Tai. Terrific hotel with bungalows, both garden and ocean front, with attentive, friendly, helpful staff. Large, spacious rooms with AC and balcony with chairs. Restaurant at hotel serves excellent food (French / Polynesian fusion) - incredible fish soup (had it almost every night as a starter! - so delicious and well made, couldnít resist). You can also eat very well at a roadside cafe across from the back of the hotel for a change. We did that but kept going back to the hotel due to the ocean views. Chilled for the first 2 days by the pool, set directly on the ocean, offering unparalleled views. Then went diving and didnít stop!

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Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Hawaii (Kona), Thailand (Phuket, Koh Samui, Koh Tao, Similans, Burma Banks) Indonesia (multiple places), Mexico (Baja, Tulum, cenotes), Costa Rica, Bonaire, Philippines, Roatan, Japan, Belize (multiple places), Red Sea, Cuba, Zanzibar, Pemba
Closest Airport Getting There SFO to Papeete, then domestic flight from Papeete to Rangiroa

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, choppy, currents
Water Temp 78-80°F / 26-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 80-100 Ft/ 24-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Must stay together in small group (divemaster + 2-6 guests, max 6)
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 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
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