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Lifou dive shop?

Discussion in 'The Pacific Islands' started by CJS, Apr 25, 2019.

  1. CJS

    CJS Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Sydney
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    I going on a cruise later in the year and I'm trying to find out if there is a functioning (and safe) dive shop on Lifou. Searching the web isn't turning up much except for this. Has anyone got recent experience diving with them, or someone else in Lifou? They seem to have had a change of ownership in the past few years.
     
  2. Ouvea

    Ouvea Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: San Jose, CA, USA
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    It's the only dive shop on Lifou. I drove around the entire island and didn't see another dive shop. Yes, you do need a car to travel on the island, as it is very large. The dive shop is inside the Easo tribu, specifically but a few steps inside the Gite Benoit Bonua and on the right of the main gravel entrance. You can think of a Gite as a hostel, where you bring your bedding, although there is a restaurant on site. Be aware that in New Caledonia, you have limited service, so don't expect 24/7 shops. To my knowledge, Anabella was still the owner and she did reply to my inquiries last year. Shop provided steel tanks, 5mm Mares wetsuits, Mares BCDs and Mares regulators. My MR12 was paired with a Scubapro G250. Was pleasantly shocked!

    The diving is fantastic by the way. I saw Tunas but a few hundred meters from shore and I was in 30 meters of water just a few hundred meters from shore. The following clip (a bit long, sorry) should give you an idea of the diving on Lifou, which is far far far far better than the diving around Noumea.

     
  3. CJS

    CJS Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Sydney
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    Thank you! I actually got in touch with them via Facebook. Initial contact was positive, but I have not received any reply to a subsequent communication. Do you have an email address?
     
  4. Ouvea

    Ouvea Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: San Jose, CA, USA
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    I emailed them at lagoon.safaris@gmail.com. Your experience mirrors mine. The email communication is rather slow. The staff does speak English and the owner, I believe, is either from Australia or New Zealand. I have noticed that email communication in New Caledonia is not every effective and people still prefere to operate via phone calls. In my opinion, it may just be and old school preference that has been slow to evolve. I found that very unusual, as everyone is on a mobile phone, texting (yup saw the Gendarmes popping those on phones while driving) and surfing the web.
     
  5. CJS

    CJS Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Sydney
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    Thank you!
     

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