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Dive Review of Y aka. / Top Dive/Kia Ora in
French Polynesia/Rangiroa

Y aka. / Top Dive/Kia Ora, Oct, 2014,

by Anthony Bracco, CT, US ( 2 reports with 4 Helpful votes). Report 7764 has 3 Helpful votes.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Cayman Islands, Bonaire, Roatan, Saba, Palau, Chuuk
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy
Water Temp 80 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 2
Water Visibility 50 to 75 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Due to currents group diving is mandatory.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

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

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments Dive from inflatables, so no rinse tanks or tables. ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 4 stars
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Comments Let me review the diving first. My report I feel is incomplete for the reason the the island has basically two dive site, both are drift dives. Due to some back luck and Mother Nature the currents we're not favorable to dive the drift any of the four days I was there. This is the major attraction. From what I have researched this brings in tons of large schools and sharks. That being said on my first dive I encountered white tip, black tip, silver t ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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Subscriber's Comments

By gailmorrisin , at Jan 15, 2015 21:35 EST  
I'm planning to spend 8 nights there by myself in order to dive. Is that too long to spend on this one island? Going there June 1 if I go.
By Richard Lambertin CA, US at Jul 02, 2015 20:44 EST  
Your Top Dive review was right on. I had the same experience with them and would never recommend to any one. Dive Spirit was better, but a little too idiosyncratic for my wife
By gailmorrisin , at Jul 02, 2015 21:24 EST  
I spent 7 nights in Rangiroa by myself in June. I dove 13 dives with TopDive. I would recommend trying a different company. I should have, but I bought a package. Some of the dive masters were fine, but one man was very arrogant. He let divers touch the coral and even a sea turtle and never said anything to them. I had to keep asking to be put with "good divers" as there was no effort put into assigning us groups. The boats were horribly crowded- like sardines in a zodiac- on my first 6 dives, then the tour group left and it was better. A lady I met on island dove with "6 Passengers" and seemed to have had a better experience in regards to attitude and safety.
By mike collingin tring, US at Aug 26, 2015 16:51 EST  
We dived with y aka summer of 2014. 5 days, ten dives. We shot the pass when conditions were right. Great dive masters, small groups, very safe. Amazing large pelagic encounters. Highly recommend
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