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Dive Review of Y AKA in
French Polynesia/Rangiroa

Y AKA , Jun, 2014,

by Michael N. Hofman, CA, US (Contributor Contributor 18 reports with 9 Helpful votes). Report 7632.

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 N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Rangiroa is one of the dive destinations in French Polynesia. Y AKA is a relatively new dive operation run by Marco and Katy, two extremely nice and professional people. They previously ran the Topdive franchise on Rangiroa and have since opened this operation. They were very helpful in organizing the diving, making sure that everyone had all the equipment they needed and guiding great dives. Even though they are in the French "system" for diving, they are not as stringent in dive times and managing divers as other dive centers. They also group together divers by experience so that everyone enjoys themselves. Diving is about seeing large fish, and we did: sharks on about every dive, turtles, eagle rays, and had two chances to interact with dolphins. Katy (who speaks quite good English) and Marco (who doesn't speak much English) can organize your entire visit and are quite hospitable. Thomas is a very professional dive guide and he was also very helpful. I would strongly recommend them!
Websites Y AKA   

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 while there were dive time limits not as restrictive as other dive operators
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins Schools 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 4 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments Sharks on every dive along with turtles, rays and dolphins. Very little small subjects.
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