Pacific Crossing 2010-11
Diving is to the Tuamotus as hiking and waterfalls were to the Marquesas
The Tuamotus From Below
Makemo was our next stop. Another beautiful reef creating a 35 mile by 8 mile
Our Makemo anchorage in the SE corner of the lagoon
Shango's obligatory South Pacific mugshot.
Quicksilver joining us at our Makemo anchorage
A few days later a SE front came through. Two other boats joined Shango, Spirare, and Quicksilver to share the excellent protection.
A couple of local guys came by to chat and gave us a gift appetizer....
A great 25 mile sail across the Makemo lagoon with an occasional high alert for coral heads
And then there were four. Yaringa from Australia joined Shango, Spirare, and Quicksilver on Makemo's NE reef
We hadn't seen such a nice sand beach since Panama. Going on 2 weeks of gunkholing at Makemo.
We all went ashore for a potluck at a nicely built picnic area
Dead calm at our next atoll, Tahanea
Good pass diving at Tahanea had attracted 11 boats.
The pass dives were so spectacular that we didn't mind the crowds.
All the anchored boats attracted sharks of all sizes
After 3 days of pass diving we went across the lagoon for some solitude
Safely anchored next to the pass at our next atoll, Fakarava
South Fakarava is now almost deserted but it once was the capital of the Tuamotus
Shango, Spirare and Zeecada visiting the 1874 church in South Fakarava
Joanne and Amy discussing something important at the old cemetery next to the church
To be put behind your ear
South Fakarava is a great get away for a diving vacation
Serge and I hoped we could get a beer but no luck....it was Sunday
great view of the pass
we got back to our anchorage just before the rains arrived
A dock. Civilization. Shango, Spirare, and Zeecada in North Fakarava.
500 people and typically excellent French roads and infrastructure.
North Fakarava Flora and Fauna
dead fauna...shark tails, backed up by a breadfruit tree
The reason we came...provisions and beer.
Yellow catamaran belonging to famous French folk singer from the sixties, Antoine. Big deal for Zeecada--would be our Bob Dylan..
Very tranquil entrance to our last atoll, Toau
Valentine and Gaston's establishment. Buy dinner get a mooring.
Pork, Lobster, Poisson Cru
A good time had by all
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