In April 2002, Kathy and I took advantage of a special offer from
Club Med and spent a week at the Club Med in BoraBora, French Polynesia.
We thought this would be a nice vacation and maybe some ok diving.
Well the vaction was good and the diving was Great. I had researched
dive operations on BoraBora and found two major dive operations. We
made arrangments to dive with TOPdive,
, mostly because you can sign up at the
. Well this to turned out to be an outstanding choice. TOPdive
is very well organized dive operation with nice facilities and boats,
check my photos. TOPdive offers four dives per day, however the
afternoon dives are introductory type dives. TOPdive also
has a hotel and restaurant as part of the facility. TOPdive furnished
equipment as part of the price of the dive. A TOPdive representative
would pick us up each morning at the Cub Med and drive us to the TOPdive
resort in town. For the Manta dive the TOPdive boat picked us up at
the Club Med pier, see photo.
We saw more fish at BoraBora than on any other dive trip except to Palau.
Palau remains in my mind the best diving I have ever done but it is very
expensive, so if you want to see sharks, turtles, mantas, tuna, morays etc,
BoraBora is an outstanding choice. If you consider going, I would strongly
recommend the Club Med because it is a package price which includes meals
and some activities.
The following are photos I took:
View from room at Club Med
Pier at Club Med
TOPdive pier and facility
Kathy near two gray reef sharks, taken
Lemon Shark, about 10ft.
Manta looking at me.
Four (4) ft Napolean Wrasse 1
These photographs were taken by Alexandra from TOPdive. She was
using a digital camera
Two Clown Fish
Clown in anenome
Our dive with the Manta Rays was interesting. There were three
or four. One was curious and after passing us, swung around and
came right at me.
The photo of the lemon shark was taken during a shark feeding. The
lemon sharks tended to stay deeper. On several of the dives there were
gray and black tip sharks all around us. The sharks and tuna were swimming
right through our groups. The moray eels would come out of their holes
and let the dive guides pet them. One turtle swam right up and looked
Kathy in the face.
Visibility was over 100 feet. The water temp was slightly over 80
degrees and many people did not wear set suits. the TOP dive equip
was new looking and appeared well maintained.
Several of the people we dove with said that the diving in Rangiroa was
also very good. They recommened several days of diving in both islands.