Travel Blogs from Rangiroa
... now to another group of islands - Tuamotu islands. They differ from others by their form - they look like rings that are sparse in the ocean. Inside such a ring there is a lagoon, and between the lagoon and the ocean there is a narrow strip of land with small villages and resorts (such islands are called atolls).
We enjoy snorkeling here: yesterday saw a shark - it is not dangerous but still frightening.
- We have just returned from a tour to the Blue Lagoon. It was ...
... jumping out of the water now and then. It was SO EXCITING!! The waves were just the right amount of roughness for the dolphins to play, and it was not too rough for us. I was the only one who put on the life jacket. Like others, I took video with my underwater camera, but really did not catch any good shots. We're all crowded in the zodiac and I had to hang on to the zodiac (to make sure I did not fall out of the boat:-)). I took a whole bunch of videos ...
... sharks and fish zoom by us. I just became so memorized by the whole scene. We then drift into canyon like formations. We settle in where the current stops and this is where all the fish gather to hang out. I've never seen so many fish! This was one of our top 10 dives.
In the harbor, we anchored next to a beautiful two masted partially square rigged sailboat with the registration from Massachusetts. We learn that this is a semester at sea program for college students. We stop ...
... whales? To our surprise they were Orcas!!! What a beautiful and rare sighting!! Everyone was so excited! (Especially Levi the dog) DIVING We start our diving on the north end of the island of Fakarava the second largest atoll in the Tuamotus. It is super long and flat which is opposite of what we saw in the Marquesas. Our first dive we encountered Manta Rays! This was our best view and interaction with multiple Mantas to date. They did a little dance swooping and diving all around ...
... walk on them. Not more than 10 feet above sea level, there aren't mountainous vistas or craggy mountains to wow the eye with panoramic views; no, the viewing is under the water.
Rangiroa, which means "extended sky," is located 200 miles NE of Papeete. It is actually a series of islands around a central lagoon, making it the largest atoll in Polynesia and the second largest in the world. It is about 40 miles long and 125 miles around; ...
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