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Dive Review of TOPdive in
French Polynesia/Rangiroa

TOPdive, Jun, 2014,

by Michael N. Hofman, CA, US (Contributor Contributor 18 reports with 9 Helpful votes). Report 7633.

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

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude N/A Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 2 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 2 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Rangiroa is one of the dive destinations in French Polynesia. Topdive is located in many of the French Polynesia destinations. It does offer Nitrox, which is a bonus, but runs the operations mainly for the occasional diver. While several of the dive guides I had were quite good, one was not and the dive experience was not favorable. I would look for an independent dive operator who can cater to folks who are coming to dive rather that people on vacation who might like to take a dive or two.
Websites TOPdive   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Palau, Indonesia, Caribbean, PNG,
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy
Water Temp 82-86°F / 28-30°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 40-80 Ft/ 12-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions very enforced dive times and safety stops and each group had to stay very close together
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 2 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

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

Subject Matter 2 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments This operation is not geared for photographers.
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By Garyin AB, CA at Jun 23, 2014 07:14 EST  
On Rangiroa, there is only one outfit I would dive with again and that is Six Passengers. When we were flying there, we talked to several residents from the capital (Papeete) and they emphatically recommended Six Passengers. We were really pleased with them and will go with them next time as well.
By report author: Michael N. Hofman in CA, US at Jun 23, 2014 22:28 EST  
depending on when you were there Y aka may not have been in business. We did hear good things about Six passangers but had no experience with them.
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