Tuamotus Atolls – A Precious Place

The Tuamotus are part of French Polynesia.  We had a 4 day passage from the lush mountainous Marquesan Islands to the  low lying, coral crushed Tuamotu Archipelago.

Comparing these islands groups is like comparing a rainforest to a desert.  There are 77 atolls with 30 containing passes into a lagoons, the perfect place to anchor a boat.

Our First stop was Makemo Island

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Where the coastal waters in the Marquesas are muddy, the Tuamotu waters are clear.  We dropped our anchor in 40 feet of water and could easily see it from our deck.

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The coral in this island group is vibrant with color and fish.  Each day we anchored off of the village we would snorkel the reefs near the pass.  On shore we met locals and had a sneak peak into their lives.

We found ladies decorating for a party using palm fronds

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Natural Decorations

Natural Decorations

 

Cultivating Black Pearls is big business in this region.  We found an artist using a dentist’s drill to carve  pearls and bones into tikis.

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We watched teenagers perform Polynesian dances at the local school.

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Haka Dance

Haka Dance

Performers Ham it Up

Performers Ham it Up

 

It only took 3o minutes to ride our bikes the length of the island

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And this was the island where we met Victor.  He gave us a Mahi Mahi when we arrived and then upon request taught some of the cruiser how he fished.

 

Mahi Mahi Gift

Mahi Mahi Gift

Victor taught us how to fish

Victor taught us how to fish

 

Fakarava Island has a  Black Pearl Farm we toured

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Harvesting the Peal

Harvesting the Peal

 

The end result, beautiful jewelry

The end result, beautiful jewelry

 

 

 

These island are remote and pristine. If you get a chance to visit a Tuamotu atoll, do it.  The snorkeling alone makes it worth the trip.

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