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In Topic: Tahiti / Rangiroa Hows the Diving?

08 June 2013 - 01:15 PM

I was just in Bora Bora for 10 days back in Feb. There had been a lemon shark attack right when we arrived so the dive companies mostly avoided the big lemon shark dive. We still saw plenty of life, and there is a great chance of seeing mantas. We dove with Topdive, and despite a few minor issues, they took real good care of us.


I have photos from the trip here.


http://buckeyeherps....ages/Bora Bora/


And if you want some commentary here as well.




Have fun!



In Topic: Pipefish ID help?

27 February 2013 - 01:54 PM

Thanks Jim!

In Topic: Dealing with Air Tahiti baggage rules?

26 February 2013 - 07:37 PM

I figured I would update this with my recent travel experience with Air Tahiti. As mentioned, there are pretty strict carry on baggage restrictions. I was prepared to pay the fee, $3 per kilo or something for my excess weight. I was also prepared to stuff stuff in my pockets, wear my camera around my neck, etc. In my experience, it wasn't  strictly enforced.


In Tahiti, we showed our dive cards to get the extra 5kg of weight. Both of our checked bags were exactly 50lbs. We were allowed 55lbs total checked weight with the dive cards. They wanted to immediately check my carry on with my housing and ports. I requested that I could hand check it, and they made me open it up to show them what was inside. They ended up letting me hand check it planeside after that. They did weigh it, and it was way over my remaining 5kgs of total weight, but they did not charge me. They never weighed my other carryon, a smallish backpack I tried to make look light. It contained my camera, 4-5 lens, an ereader, etc. They did weigh my wife's carryon. One of those bottomless pit looking shoulder bags. It was way over the 6 lb limit, but again they did not charge us.


The return trip was mostly the same, except they did not make me open up my carry on with the housing. 


If you plan on flying with them, I would prepare myself to pay the overage fees, as they are weighing things closely. If they don't charge you, then you have some extra drink money for the island. I wouldn't expect the free ride to continue.



In Topic: Dealing with Air Tahiti baggage rules?

04 February 2013 - 11:49 PM

Thanks mcliffy2. Did they end up charging you excess baggage fees for hand checking it? I am sure that will put me way over my 44 lbs of allowed luggage. What a joke.



In Topic: Dealing with Air Tahiti baggage rules?

06 January 2013 - 04:46 PM

The international flight via Air Tahiti Nui is no problem - typical regulations. The connecting plane to Bora Bora sounds like a little regional plane. As listed above the maximum weight is 3 kg for a carry on. I guess I am planning on having to gate check the gear, which doesn't make me too excited.