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Dive Review of The Six Passengers/Pension Loyna in
French Polynesia/Rangiroa

The Six Passengers/Pension Loyna, Sep, 2013,

by Giuseppe Corcione, Bo, IT (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports). Report 7142.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments I've spent a week diving Tiputa and Avatoru Pass twice a day with Six Passengers Dive Centre but also they are available for a 3 dives per day since there are 4 scheduled dives every day (8/10AM-2/4PM).
Pick up is also available in any resort or b&b/pension on the island.
The dive center is quite big, a big patio with beach chairs and seats close to a white beach for resting after the dives, tea and coffee room, another room to watch the video that Ugo (one of the owners) does twice a day: plus there is an office, a repair room and the compressor area.
A short wooden dock takes you to the boats which are rigid Zodiac type boats, big enough to load 8/10 divers + captain.
5/10 minutes ride brings you to Tiputa pass, the main attraction of the area where a huge school of grey reef sharks lives 7/24/365.
Avatoru (the alternative pass) is 20 minutes away and it's a nice spot to see the rare Albimarginatus shark (more than one), also better visibility and healthier corals than Tiputa.
Tiputa is good because every kind of encounter is possible, beside the usual grey sharks school you can see sometimes tiger shark, silky shark, some big hammerheads (especially in february/march), mantas, dogteeth tunas, big barracudas, schools of big eye jacks/barracuda, dolphins (many and friendly enough to be touched by you) but also marlin if you are lucky.
Viz is almost 100/120 feet everyday (at least in august/september).
A big role for both places plays the incoming or outgoing current, a big stream that rules the spot of the diving and the area to dive.
From Tiputa you can start your diving on the right corner (open ocean) and ending inside the channel (before entering the lagoon) passing though some canyons where you'll find less current (a little less) but plenty of marine life, Napoleon wrasse and sharks also.
Also a good spot is left corner where a big cave used to be a feeding sharks point until discontinued because forbidden by local authorities.
Six passengers is a very good dive center, professional and skilled instructors they use to group divers (no more than 6) of the same levels; they prefer CMAS certification but any other kind of certification is welcome.
French and english is widely spoken but also a japanese instructor is available to dive people from Japan.
Plus there is the "Ugo factor", one of the owners who is also a very good videographer diving with you and shooting videos to be watched right after the dive in the TV/video room.
Overall Rangiroa is a good place where to spend a week or more for diving but also for non divers since turquoise water and white beaches are a perfect place for swimming and sunbath.



Websites The Six Passengers   Pension Loyna

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Mediterranean Sea, Red Sea, Indian Ocean, Pacific Ocean, Caribbean
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 78-82°F / 26-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 100-120 Ft/ 30-37 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions No solo diving.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters N/A Large Fish 5 stars
Large Pelagics 5 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]
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