- 20.5 meters
A narrow entrance in 6 meters of water. Good thing we arrived at slack tide so we had a fairly effortless entry to this small bay. We're surrounded by beautiful reef and turquoise water filled with coral bommies ready for exploration. Soon after arrival, a 1.5m white tip shark cruised by to check us out. Later, on our first snorkel Tracy found his big brother, a 3m black tip shark checking us out. Our first night, gray reef sharks swarmed around the swim platform looking hungry!
We're anchored in on a nice sand bottom in 20meters of water with anchorages in shallower water available for yachts with less draft than us. A very idyllic spot to spend a few days swimming, diving, snorkeling, paddle-boarding and kyaking. Onshore we met Gaston and Valentina who have lived in this isolated place for 25 years together and Valentina since she was 8 months old. We shared a beautiful lunch with them of lobster cooked on a BBQ along with rice, parrotfish cru and a lovely lemon cake for desert. After lunch we whiled the afternoon away playing 'boccia ball' and chatting under the shade of their coconut palm trees. They enjoy meeting the sailors that come to visit their little piece of paradise and, likewise, they will be remembered by all of us for their warm hospitality.
A short dinghy ride outside the entrance to the bay we found excellent diving in wonderfully clear water, very little current and surge (be sure to do this at slack tide though). The bottom slopes off from 4 meters to 1000 meters so you can choose the depth your are comfortable with. Beautiful hard coral is everywhere loaded with hundreds of varieties of reef fish. The occasional big 'critter' passes by off the edge of the wall so be sure to keep looking around out there too.
This is one of those most special places in the world, so be sure to put it on your list and say Hi to Gaston and Valentina for us. We came for an overnight on the way to Rangiroa and ended up staying three nights and not wanting to leave.
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