Redondo Beach, California
May 6, 2004
We'd heard very bad comments about one of the dive shops in Rangiroa (not 6 Passengers) so we had a lot of trepidation initially. (Apparently the divemasters of the other outfit left the diver on her own and ignored safety issues such as ascending when you get to your reserve). Fred, our primary divemaster, immediately put us at ease. Like at Bora Dive Centre, the divemasters at 6 Passengers were very safety oriented, friendly, and patient.
Rangiroa is known for drift dives and large pelagics. Unfortunately, due to the currents, we weren't able to do one of the major drift dives, but we did dive sites at both passes and saw silvertip, blacktip, and grey reef sharks (one couple on another dive saw a hammerhead). We saw green turtles each dive. We also saw morays, various reef fish, barracuda, and jacks.
The water clarity was awesome. The boat trips to the sites (via Zodiac) were fun in themselves. I didn't suffer from seasickness (thank God!).
The dive center is on the beach just past the boundaries of the Kia Ora. Like at Bora Dive Center, the boat captain and divemasters load the boat with your BC and tank.
The owner of the shop also does underwater filming for the divers as well as Discovery channel and other channels. We purchased a DVD set that included two of our dives and the general overawe of diving in Rangiroa.
From journal Bora Bora and Rangiroa Diving Trip