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Dive Review of The Six Passengers in
French Polynesia/Rangiroa Atoll

The Six Passengers: "Wonderful Diving + Exceptional Service", Oct, 2021,

by Blake Hottle, CA, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 9 reports with 8 Helpful votes). Report 11764.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments As is typical in French Polynesia, this is not aresort with overnight accommodations, but a dive center serving mostly the Tiputa pass area of the Rangiroa atoll. As is also typical of French Polynesia, the rates cover the boat dive and any/all equipment that you might need. I took advantage of this and left my backplate and wing BCD at home for this trip because of the inter-island weight restrictions Their rental BCDs were new and fine.

We used 5 different operations on our 3 week trip to French Polynesia, and The 6 Passengers was certainly the best of all of them. They were happy to pick up and deliver us to our rental house.

The dive operation is very well staffed, and the people who work there have this crazy radar sense about them that alerts them of any issues before they ever become a problem. Not in a cloying way, but in a super helpful way.

Let me give you an example. Let's say I'm standing on the deck with my dive buddies, looking down at the gear spread out with a slightly puzzled expression on my face, because maybe one of us forgot something... I kid you not, within seconds a staffer would come up and ask is all OK? Their ability to read body language and make sure that things are going smoothly is remarkable, and speaks to how well trained and sincere these people are! This kind of thing happened frequently over our 4 days there, and always the offer of assistance was spontaneous and authentic. There is a sense of community and joy about this place that is absolutely infectious.

Most of the trips are to the Pass or just outside on the reef, one tankers, returning to the compound for the interval before the next dive. The spacious deck, shower, bathrooms and shower in a shaded area with mature trees is wonderful. It's like an adult day camp for divers.

The Six Passengers name might be slightly misleading, as some of their rigid hull inflatables do in fact carry more than six, but these are by no means cattle boats, and you have one dive guide with no more than six clients.

Don't let the idea of diving the Pass on every dive scare you. Every dive is different depending on if it is an outgoing, incoming or slack tide.
Websites The Six Passengers   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Bay Islands Honduras, Bonaire, Hawaii, Virgin Islands, Belize, Oregon, Washington, Southern California, Raja Ampat, Bali, Alor, Sulawesi
Closest Airport Rangiroa Getting There Big plane to Papeete, Tahiti. then small plane to Rangiroa

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy Seas calm, choppy, surge, currents
Water Temp 80-81°F / 27-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50-80 Ft/ 15-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 2 stars Shore Facilities 1 stars
UW Photo Comments I really hate to ding this place about not having much in the way of facilities for underwater photo gear because everything else about this operation was wonderful, and I never asked about photo specific dunk tanks. Likely they would have accommodated me had I asked. The boat rides were short, so not having fresh water on the small boats was not an issue. They handled my Nauticam / Keldan system with care.
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