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Sunday, May 03, 2015
I'M BACK, and I feel so good that I just had to write and post this blog now even though it will be out of order.
Early this AM we approached this Atoll from the south and circled around to the Northeast side of the atoll in order to enter the lagoon through a very narrow passage between the two small islands. These islands, along with a dozen others encircle what used to be ...
... Oh how we missed this sail coming across from the Galapagos! At 1000 hours with the Gennaker hoisted "Dave" took off like a thoroughbred, flying across the water at between 8 and 9+ knots (course over ground) in just 10-15 knots of breeze. It was exhilarating as for hour after hour she flew like a bird that had been released from a long captivity and was relishing in the freedom to fly again.
At one point in the afternoon I came up on deck after a ...
... br> As there were not too many passengers wanting to leave the ship it all went relatively smoothly and we were on dry land before we knew it. We didn't have a tour booked for Rangiroa as it had been difficult to arrange anything in advance, but we knew that we wanted to snorkel the infamous Tiputa Pass, where a lagoon on the atoll meets the open ocean and it is a famous location ...
... amazing. We attached a photo of this lagoon from our plane (we took the picture when were landing to the island 2 days ago). But when you are there, and you see these small uninhabited islands around the blue water, it's unbelievable that you are actually in the middle of huge ocean. The lagoon swarms by various fishes. Especially there are many sharks, and they peacefully swam around us. There are a lot of birds on the islands, and now is a season when chicks are born (see the photos).
... but today the current was too strong so they could not do drift snorkeling, which was just fine with Bob and me :-) It turned out to be another fantastic snorkeling and ocean experience!
There were 8 of us, 4 couples, with Frank our guide (French) and another guy who drove the zodiac. Our first "stop" was to see the dolphins - I did not expect that and was really excited! There were a group of dolphins near the pass. They played right around our ...