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Dive Review of Y Aka Plongee/Maitai Hotel Rangiroa in
French Polynesia/Rangiroa

Y Aka Plongee/Maitai Hotel Rangiroa: "Great diving on Rangiroa with Y Aka Plongee", Dec, 2015,

by Tim Schaiff, MO, US ( 2 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 8792.

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

Accommodations 4 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 $$ 4 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Amazing large animals - fish and dolphins. Saw many types of sharks - great hammerhead, white tip, black tip, silver tip, grey reef (large schools), "baby" lemons. Also saw two types of sharks very rare for Rangiroa - 2 tiger sharks and a bull shark. Had dolphins playing with us on about one fourth of the dives. Huge schools of barracuda. At Avatoru pass saw African pompano and large school of bigeye jacks.

The coral is all hard coral and not that impressive but the fish life is great.

Y Aka Plongee was outstanding. You felt like part of the family and they really take care of you. The divemasters and boat captains are all top notch. 15 liter tanks (107 cu ft) are used so dives went around 1 hour and sometimes longer. My shortest dive was 47 minutes but was a deep dive.

The dive operators on Rangiroa strictly enforce depth limits based on CMAS level - approximately 100 ft for CMAS one star and approximately 160 ft for CMAS two star. My wife has advanced open water and around 100 dives but was limited as a CMAS one star diver. I have rescue certification so was CMAS two star and could dive deeper. We booked too close to when we traveled otherwise my wife would have done her rescue certification. She dives as well as I do but couldn't do the deep dives where you are more likely to see the great hammerheads (although some divers saw them at less than 100 ft.).
Websites Y Aka Plongee   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Florida, Bahamas, Curacao, Mayan Riviera, La Paz Mexico, Hawaii, California
Closest Airport Rangiroa Getting There Must connect through Tahiti (Papeete)

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy, currents
Water Temp 79-82°F / 26-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60-100 Ft/ 18-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions CMAS depth limits strictly enforced
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 2 stars Large Fish 5 stars
Large Pelagics 5 stars

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

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