|Arrival at Tahiti, village of Tautira|
As you saw in the last post, the Tuamotus are known for their lagoons, surrounded by low motus, or coral islets. This means generally calm waters, with no ocean swell, though often the wind blows hard for days, uninterrupted by any real land masses for hundreds of miles.
So after a great tour of the Hinano pearl farm, we left Fakarava north, where we posted last, and headed to the south end of the lagoon, about 30 miles away.
|Black pearls ranging from a few bucks to a few hundred|
Found a great gang of boats there, all with water play time on the brain. For this UNESCO Biosphere Reserve site is world famous for its diving and snorkeling. It's also a top spot for kite boarding on the calm lagoon waters in steady (usually!!) 15-25 knot winds, and when the winds (occasionly) lightened up, it's a great place for kayaking and paddle boarding as well.
|Cindi explores a new motu|
And underwater, well, it was truly a world class show. We wound up snorkeling the pass a total of 9 times, and diving it twice....and every time was different. From our anchorage on the west side of the pass it was a long wet dinghy ride to the pass itself, as we made our way around the reef....so once there, we would ride the incoming tide again and again. When snorkeling, one of us would hold the dinghy line, so we'd have the dink at the end of the run, climb aboard, head out and run it again. When diving, we'd anchor the dinghy near the entry of the pass, at a bit of a tidal backwater near shore, then walk back after the dive and retrieve the dink for the ride back to the anchorage. It was never boring, as we'd see new critters on every dive, and we could have run it many more times before tiring of it. Here, in no particular order, are some shots pulled from the critter cams....
|"I'm too sexy for my face....."|
|BRAVO at anchor at lower left|
|A couple of ukes, a guitar, and a few beers...what more does a Sunday afternoon need?|
|Your basic 160 foot cruising sailboat leaving Papeete harbor|
|Island of Moorea, across from our mooring on Tahiti|
All for now from Tahiti....we'll be in the area for the next couple of weeks....as a place to work on badly needed boat repairs, this place doesn't suck, not one bit!!!