I hope that you are doing well! We're glad that you keep tuning in to read our blogs, emails and to watch our videos. We are lucky to have such great friends and family. We have had an exciting few months. Let me try and share some of it with you.
|Celia Jean Fry - Born July 16th 2012|
|Tahiti - Tuamotu Islands|
We will never forget Rangiroa because of the dolphin encounters; we saw several large bottlenose dolphins on each dive. Most of the time they would come right up close as if they wanted to be touched. It was pretty cool. Even though it was a bit out of season, we also saw a Great Hammerhead and it was huge (possibly 16-18 feet long), which was amazing.
Generally the diving in the Tuamotu islands revolves around the strong currents that the tide changes bring. Without going into crazy detail, each island basically has one area to dive with many little dive spots in that area. The area is always the "pass," which is how the ocean moves in and out of the lagoon in each Atoll. The Atolls have such large lagoons and such small passes that the current can really rip! Any idea what kind of animal loves a ripping current? SHARKS!!!
To be honest, we had no idea that we chose some of the sharkiest waters in the world. We truly went for the shallow waters, pretty reefs and amazing island scenery, but we were not upset when we stuck our heads in the water and saw sharks on every dive and every snorkel. The Tuamotu islands are amazing!
We had some amazing “pass” dives in Manihi and Rangiroa but Fakarava was easily our favorite stop. Luckily we had planned to stay in Fakarava longer than the other two islands because it was the most remote and was supposed to have the prettiest corals and clearest water – it did not disappoint.
At first we thought it was just normal for the area because of what we had witnessed in our first week of diving. However, each dive we started to notice the groupers were piling up by the hundreds. On the second day, after getting swarmed by 30+ sharks and thousands of Marbled groupers we had to ask the dive guide what was going on...
We dive a lot, and have seen a lot, but nothing to date prepared us for what we were about to see... We back rolled into the water off the little boat and started to sink to about 100ft. As we descended we noticed that so many of these Marbled groupers had come to the area that it was almost impossible to see the actual reef and sand. They were piled on top of each other and created a 3 foot layer of grouper soup on the bottom. They all stayed in tight groups and all at the same depth as the hundreds of sharks circled above. It was like everyone had a pre-arranged layer that was like a safe zone, the groupers got the first 3 feet, the sharks got the next 10 feet, then the rest of the fish took up the upper layers followed by a surface layer of spinner dolphins. It was so full of animals that it was hard for Dan and I to see each other when we were 10 feet apart! Oh yeah, and the visibility was over 150ft when you actually had a clear line of sight. Which you didn't.
I've got some more to share about this trip, so I'll try and write again next week... Here's a teaser:
Remember to Follow Your Dreams and always keep in touch!
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