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

TOPdive/Kia Ora: "If you like swimming with lots of sharks, this is the place to be!", Mar, 2017,

by Christine Nidd, WA, US ( 2 reports). Report 9725.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Fiji, Indonesia (Wakatobi), Honduras (Roatan), Phillipines (Anilao), Hawaii (Maui & Kona), Belize, Mexico (Cozumel)
Closest Airport land in Fiji, then small plane to Rangiroa & a short drive Getting There many flights

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas currents
Water Temp 87 to 88 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 80 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions You pretty much need to dive with nitro - you go right to the bottom at about 90 feet and stay there for the length of the dive. You don't want to be at a different depth than your dive group or you will quickly be separated.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 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 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments Great arena for black & white photos. Used almost exclusively ambient light. Need to be at the ready as subjects can be here and gone in seconds. ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

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 1 stars
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced For Subscribers Only
Comments Fantastic for swimming with lots of sharks, especially if you are comfortable with current. The best sightings occur is very strong current. As long as you are comfortable drifting along and controlling boyancy, it's fantastic! Something to keep in mind is there is really only one dive site, so it can be very re ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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