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L' Excursion Bleue Day Tours
Ranked #1 of 15 things to do in Raiatea
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sydney
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67 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Terrible think again”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 3, 2012

We recently toured the French Polynesian islands by cruise ship, this was by far our worst experience. We had booked two boats to take us to the coral gardens and snorkel. What turned up was one boat, which had major engine problems, not also helped by the owner Bruno who turned up in a bad mood. So, we all had to cram onto one boat, take ages to get to the coral gardens so that we only had 1 hour to snorkel before returning to our cruise. We were also supposed to visit a turtle sanctuary, but because of lack of time, this did not happen, and also our boat was eventually replaced by a high speed ferry, so that we could get back on time!!! Why did nt he have available first up???? There was some older people on the tour and they were most distressed because there were no toilet stops etc etc. All i can say in closing is go elsewhere, we told out that there were tours for $25 doing the same things with high speed boats, we unfortunately paid $80 each, ripped off.

Visited April 2012
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Langley, Canada
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“Exceptional day tour; amazing snorkeling!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 23, 2011

We organized this full day tour with a small group from our cruise roll call. All arrangements were easily made ahead of time on line. We joined Bruno (operator and guide for the day) in the port at Raiatea and set off on his boat for the planned day. Bruno explained the route and stops for the day and off we went. The day included a route circling the island of Tahaa with stops at a pearl farm, vanilla farm, the amazing coral gardens and Polynesian lunch. The stops at the pearl farm and vanilla farm were informative. Products were available for purchase but there was absolutely no pressure to purchase. I can't say enough about the incredible snorkeling experience in the coral gardens at Tahaa! This is a shallow channel area of beautiful flowering coral formations with abundant tropical fish. Bruno lead the pack as we slowly swam through the coral. Bruno takes an underwater camera and is constantly shooting pictures of everyone and the fish and coral. You can purchase a CD of the photos if desired. One of the couples with us ordered the CD which Bruno delivered to our ship before it set sail that evening. I took my own underwater camera and frequently look at the photos to remember this fantastic experience; especially the snorkeling!

Visited December 2010
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