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Dive Review of Kunie Scuba/Le Kuberka in
Vanuatu and New Caledonia/Ile des Pins

Kunie Scuba/Le Kuberka: "Great tropical diving on Ile des Pins", Oct, 2016,

by Brigitte Lacouture, AK, US (Contributor Contributor 15 reports with 4 Helpful votes). Report 9333.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Ile des Pins (Isle of Pines) is the best known locale for scuba diving in New Caledonia. I did two dives with Kunie Scuba off the northwest coast of the island from their twin engine boat. They had a van to pick-up divers up from hotels along the west coast. Their shop has tanks with DIN and with Yoke connections. The divemasters gave a good briefing outlining each dive and showing a map of the sites. It helps if you speak French, but one of the other divers might know English, I translated for an Italian diver on the boat. Both dives had a large variety of healthy hard corals in many colors and many schools of medium body fish (surgeon, barracuda) as well as many species of reef fish. Of note were a couple of harlequin shrimp, a ghost shrimp, two pygmy seahorses, and several species of flatworms and nudibrachs. Very healthy reefs. The above water topography on the way to and from the dive sites is unique with many limestone “flowerpot” islands. Kunie Scuba also does diving trips to a freshwater grotto on the island.

We stayed at Le Kuberka who will do pick-up and drop-off from both the airport and the ferry terminal so we did not bother with a car. They have a restaurant which was adequate for the few days we stayed. We took a pleasant day trip in a traditional sailboat through the Baie d’Upi to a hiking trail leading to a "natural aquarium" for snorkeling. The latter can be busy with tourists and it is best to be there on a day a cruise ship is not in port, however, I did manage to come across an octopus.
Websites Kunie Scuba   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Hawaii, Tahiti, St. Vincent, Borneo, Curacao, Bonaire, Cozumel, Saba, GBR, Cayman Islands, New Caledonia
Closest Airport Ile des Pins (ILP) Getting There daily from Noumea

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 23-23°F / -5--5°C Wetsuit Thickness 4
Water Visibility 20-20 M / 66-66 Ft

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

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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