My husband and I went to Fakarava during our honeymoon to do some great diving... and it surly didn't disappoint. I remember coming up from our first dive telling my husband that it was one of the best dives we had ever done, and how pristine the coral was (and we have both done over 2000 dives). The wall of sharks is incredible.
Our guide, however, was not so incredible. He was rude and treated us poorly. To give you a couple examples, he gave me attitude when I asked for a mask (it's quite hard to dive without one), could speak english but chose not to when doing dive briefings so I never really knew what was going on, he would go under the water and start the dive without signaling to my husband and I to go down, and we hardly ever saw him during the dive. Luckily, we are instructors with a lot of experience, and so I understand we don't need as much attention under the water, but his demeanor made me uncomfortable to ask anything. And this isn't even the worse part. On our last dive 4 of us became separated from the group which is no surprise as we hardly saw him, in a very strong current. We had to crawl across the bottom floor to get to the spot we had been on previous dives where we knew it would be safe to ascend. We couldn't go up right there because of the ripping current that would have taken us to the deep blue, hence why we couldn't go up after 1 minute. Once we did get to a safe place we went up and our guide and the rest of the group was no where to be seen! He didn't come up until another 35 minutes and just shrugged it off like it was no big deal. I am confident that if I did not have the training that I have, something seriously could have gone wrong!
Bottom line is it's a great place to dive, but be careful who your guide is and it helps to be an experienced diver.
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