Main Menu
Join Undercurrent on Facebook

The Private, Exclusive Guide for Serious Divers Since 1975 | |
For Divers since 1975
The Private, Exclusive Guide for Serious Divers Since 1975
"Best of the Web: scuba tips no other
source dares to publish" -- Forbes
X
 

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.

No photos available at this time

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]
Was this report helpful to you?
Leave a comment (Subscribers only -- 200 words max)
Subscribers can comment here
 

Subscribe Now
Subscribers can post comments, ask the reviewer questions, as well as getting immediate and complete access to ALL 128 dive reviews of French Polynesia and all other dive destinations. Complete access to all issues and Chapbooks is also included.

 
Featured Links from Our Sponsors
Interested in becoming a sponsor?
Reef & Rainforest, Let our experience be your guide -- Reef and Rainforest
Reef & Rainforest
is an agency for travelers that scuba dive. Want to see sharks, tropical islands, overwater bungalows? We specialize in planning adventures to French Polynesia.
Dive Discovery Tahiti
Dive Discovery Tahiti
Tahiti islands are tantalizing, romantic tropical treasures. Humpbacks, walls of Sharks, Manta Rays, crystal clear warm water, the diving world class!

Want to assemble your own collection of French Polynesia reports in one place?
Use the Mini Chapbook Facility to create your personalized collection.

Note: The information here was reported by the author above, but has NOT been reviewed nor edited by Undercurrent prior to posting on our website. Please report any major problems by writing to us and referencing the report number above.

Undercurrent Home


Get more dive info like these and other important scuba updates sent monthly to your email.
And a FREE Recent Issue of Undercurrent

Free Undercurrent Issue
Get a free
monthly email and
a sample issue!


Find in  

| Home | Online Members Area | My Account | Login | Join |
| Travel Index | Dive Resort & Liveaboard Reviews | Featured Reports | Recent Issues | Back Issues |
| Dive Gear Index | Health/Safety Index | Environment & Misc. Index | Seasonal Planner | Blogs | Free Articles | Book Picks | News |
| Special Offers | RSS | FAQ | About Us | Contact Us | Links |

Copyright © 1996-2020 Undercurrent (www.undercurrent.org)
3020 Bridgeway, Ste 102, Sausalito, Ca 94965
All rights reserved.

Page computed and displayed in 0.06 seconds