Fakarava, Tuamotus /diary
We feel as if we have arrived on another planet, this low lying coral landscape could not be more different from the towering peaks of the Marquesas. I guess this is how I had imagined the South Pacific, crystal clear waters and palm trees with the occasional grass hut poised on the waters edge. . .
After a peaceful night ( the first for weeks if not months) a trip ashore results in croissants, baguettes, apples (yum),and a dive booked for the afternoon, perfect, and so simple! The hull gets another serious scrub, (an unfortunate side effect of the lovely warm water) by Bob, while Ali and I visit the pearl farm. Tahiti and her Islands are famous for there black pearls, which come in a variety of colours! We watched as the only employee of the farm skillfully extracted pearls from the live Oysters and replaced each one with a nucleus around which another pearl evolves during the next 18 months, Fascinating!
The dive was even more fascinating. The visibility was fantastic and the number and variety of fish, overwhelming. . . .
Unfortunately Axel had broken the camera which fits in his underwater housing, but fortunately for me , I had the same camera, so a new episode of underwater photography is launched!
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