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Dive Review of Top Dive in
French Polynesia/Rangiroa

Top Dive, Aug, 2009,

by Michael Benenson, NY, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 4 reports). Report 5056.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude N/A Environmental Sensitivity 3 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Very friendly and knowledgable dive masters. Although they were native French-speakers, their English was great and it was very easy to communicate with them, both above and below water.

The pre-dive brief was clearly given before each dive, including safety information, dive site characteristics and water-entry procedures.

On our first day of diving we saw extensive tropical fish, a couple of sea turtles and a surprise at the very end of the dive - a baby manta ray! We were down for a total bottom dive of around 45 minutes. The only complaint from one of my fellow divers was the current, which was strong in her opinion, but it was intended to be a drift dive.

The second day we again saw a lot of tropical fish and some turtles again as well. No mantas the second dive :(

Water entry for both dives was a rear entry via zodiac boats. It was many of the divers' first rear entry, but all was successful. As the dives were outside the lagoon, the water was a little choppier on the trip to and from the dive sites, but it was only a 10 - 15 minute trip from the dive operation to the dive site.

Upon returning from the dives, there was tea and cookies waiting for us at the dive operation :) Also, since we were traveling via a cruise, Top Dive picked us up from the dock that the tenders took us to. Both days they were on time, there waiting for us.

Great start to the dive trip, would definitely return!

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
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Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy
Water Temp 75-80°F / 24-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 2
Water Visibility 70- Ft/ 21- M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions Depth limit
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 2 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments [None]
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