Rangiroa Spectacular Fishes
Trip Start Feb 11, 2010
28Trip End Apr 04, 2010
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I had wanted to scuba dive in the Pacific, but so far that has not happened. The first dive in Bora Bora was canceled due to only two of us signing up (4 minimum). Then the expert dive off of Rangiroa was too difficult for me. The current was excessive and the Dive Master Victor wanted us to be down to 90 feet in one minute. I have been having sinus problems due to the saltwater microbes when snorkeling (decongestants did not help). Victor would not allow me to dive when I told him as I would have trouble equalizing pressure in my inner ears while descending. Just as well as I have never been deeper than 60 feet with Bill in the Caribbean two years ago and I do not have a death wish. As long as I can snorkel, I am in heaven. My underwater housing and camera are working flawlessly. Glad I brought along two underwater watches as one has already started leaking. All of my planning and preparations have worked out well.
Met two others on board from Michigan, Michael (63), an Aussie who has a home on Lake St. Clair, and June from TC (Wilson Road on the Peninsula), both traveling to St. Maarten (in separate cabins). Amazing that we will have at least five Michiganders (4 from TC area!) when we pick up Bone & Tom in Panama. On this first leg of the sail going to Panama, there are only 127 passengers on board with many solos
Before a colorful sunset, the Star Flyer sailed out of the narrow channel when the tide was going out. An eight foot shark was spotted along the ship and a pod of spinner dolphins joined the bow waves, as if to say good bye as we sailed toward the northeast horizon.
Three "@ Sea" days to the Marquesa Islands, the last of the French Polynesians, 860 km from Rangiroa. This is heaven on earth!