The Tuamotus

Sailing around the world is not just about the sailing. It is perhaps, more importantly, about discovering some beautiful and remote places that we would not otherwise be able to see. We took a very long path to get here but the Tuamotus are delivering an amazing experience. These are  some of the most beautiful islands and we’re only just getting started in the South Pacific!

The atolls are tricky to navigate particularly getting in and out of the narrow and tide driven passes. We have been to four atolls  – Ahe, Fakarava, Rangiroa, and now Tikehau.  The lagoons are like huge aquariums and we feel like we are in a Disney movie when we venture into the water. Jacque Cousteau undertook a major scientific expedition to Tikehau and considered it to be one of the most abundantly fish-filled in the South Pacific.

Reactivating our open-water diving PADI licenses has  enabled us to dive these reefs that are ranked among the best in the world. Each dive is different – hammer head, tiger, black -tip and white-tip sharks, barracuda, napoleons, manta rays, parrot fish and a crazy variety of reef fish swimming in the beautiful coral. The water here in Tikehau is blue and clear creating incredible underwater visibility.

We have loved our time in these remote and stunning atolls. We have made some good friends with our fellow ARC sailors which has made our time here quite fun. Soon we are off to the Society Islands where we plan to visit the islands of Tahiti, Moorea, Bora Bora and Raiatea. The Society Islands are only a couple of hundred miles away which is nothing after our journey here. 

11 thoughts on “The Tuamotus

  1. dianececilefalconer

    Thank you for providing the stories and photos so we can share this with you. Jen & Peter Francis on Saphira have been crossing paths with you these past few weeks- still hoping you meet one day. Those colors are so incredible – breathtaking!


  2. Mary Erickson

    Looks like paradise. I’ve been to Tahiti and it is beautiful but where you are now is probably not full of tourists. Like Tahiti was before it was discovered. Enjoy it all.


  3. Brad

    Outstanding you two! Enjoy every moment. Words cannot describe the visual wonders of your journey, but I have a really good imagination, so I’m right there with you. Thanks for the photos!


  4. Rob Seltzer

    It’s such an amazing place. Enjoy your time there. I did scuba and snorkeling at Bora Bora. The snorkeling was by far the best I’ve ever experienced.


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