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South Pacific Destinations - Tuamotus
Drenched in transparent lagoons, the Tuamotus are world-renowned for their snorkeling and diving. This archipelago of 76 low islands and coral atolls are scattered over several hundred miles of the South Pacific ocean. An atoll is a ring of coral that sits on top of an underwater volcano. Inside this ring of coral is a lagoon and outside the ring is the ocean. Some of the atolls have passes that allow allow the tidal currents to enter and leave the lagoon and here is where the most food is for the feeding fish so there is always plenty of excitement.
Spend a day in the aquarium-like lagoon of Rangiroa, the largest of the atolls, or Rangi, as the locals have affectionately coined it, dazzled by an underwater fish frenzy in the reef passes surrounding the island. Tiputa Pass is particularly impressive because of its "shark wall," a group of up to 300 sharks of various species. Rangiroa is the most populous of the Tuamotu Atolls with about 2,500 residents. Besides diving, activities include visits to pearl farms, glass-bottom boat tours of the lagoon or a visit to the island's unique vineyard.
Nearby Fakarava is the second largest atoll after Rangiroa and is classified as a protected UNESCO biosphere reserve. It is renowned for its exceptional dive sites such as the 2,200-foot-wide Garuae Pass where you can dive with gray sharks and fish schooling by the thousands. Explore the island's pearl farms, ancient temples and 19th century coral church, and peruse the black pearls and shell necklaces for which the Tuamotus are famous.