Fakarava is the second largest atoll in the Tuamotus and the lagoon is filled with reefs and coral. We are anchored in the southern end with 3 other boats and the colors and sites we are seeing are just amazing. Lots of small islands (motus) filled with palms, white sandy beaches, and sparkling water of all different shades. We dinghied around yesterday taking pictures - hope they turn out half as good as the real thing.
There is a small village here that we had to check out. 2 dive shops, a pension/lodge, a church, and a restaurant. The restaurant is built over the water with an spectacular view of the "aquarium" below - lots of coral and fish - and about 30 sharks - Carol counted them. Of course, everyone says that they are only black tip reef sharks and not very big, but OH MY!
Last night, we were invited to a bonfire on the beach by our boat neighbors on Savannah and Sudden Stops Necessary. A great opportunity to mingle with other Puddle Jumpers and burn our trash. We had a great time swapping stories and hunting for coconut crabs. We didn't find any crabs, but enjoyed the hunt. Next time though - we heard they were yummy.
Sounds like everyone (maybe not me) will do the drift snorkel through the pass on the Hooka tomorrow. From what we have heard, the pass is amazing and that you even get used to all of the sharks. Yeah, right!
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