I believe it is fair to say my experience with Top Dive has been extremely mixed. Myself and two others started the morning off positive. We were provided with complimentary transportation to the dive centre (taxis are very expensive in Tahiti) and met with the dive master who briefed and fitted us with our dive gear. We all had a bag with us since we planned on having breakfast and spending the afternoon at the InterContinental Hotel after our dive. As there was no secure place for us to leave our bags at the centre we opted to take them with us on the boat which would be guarded by the skipper while we were in the water. Two of us left our small bags on the helm of the boat while the other left his underneath the seating area. Both dive master's and all passengers went for the dive leaving the skipper on the vessel alone. We were the first divers to re-board the vessel after the dive and when we returned to the dock and disembarked the vessel the Skipper attempted to return some loose change he had claimed to have found on the helm of the boat. He said it had fallen out of one of the two bags that were left there, we declined the change as we knew our wallets were secure in our bags and it could not have fallen out. Then when we went to pay for the dive my friend noticed that he was missing a 5000XPF ($50USD) note. This was strange as he had just withdrawn cash the night prior specifically so he could pay for the dive in cash and have money for our day at the InterContinental. Confused but assuming the note must have come out of his wallet somewhere in his bag he proceeded to pay with a credit card. We then went for breakfast at the hotel and he took the opportunity to go through his bag properly with no luck. This was especially strange because he keeps his wallet within another small zippered pocket inside his bag and there was no way it could fall out. He decided to go back to the dive shop and asked if a 5000XPF note has been found onboard the vessel. They said the boat had gone back out but would return in half hour and to check back. Whilst this was happening I went to pay for breakfast and realised I was also missing cash. I had withdrawn money the same time as my friend the previous day knowing our future plans. I was missing 10000XPF ($100USD). Not wanting to jump to conclusions I contacted another friend at the accommodation I was staying at to check my room for the note, which was not there. When my friend returned 30mins later as instructed to the dive centre the Dive Master claimed that his note had been found on the helm of the boat, which was suspicious since he left his bag under the seating area close to the stern the entire time. I also returned to confront them with no avail. I am not writing this review to get my money back but to warn other divers to be extra careful with their belongings. We thought we were being careful by bringing out personal belonging with us however this was clearly not the case. This is an extremely unfortunate situation as the dive was amazing! The coral, reef sharks and tropical fish were stunning and I had my first encounter with a large tiger shark.
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