Avatoru, Rangiroa, Tuamotu Islands, French Polynesia
2018 HAL World Cruise
Friday, January 26, 2018
Upon arriving in the Rangiroa Lagoon, we awoke to see dolphins playing outside our window! What a wonderful way to start the day. I’m so sorry I couldn’t get the camera fast enough to record the event. It would have been a glorious picture!
The Islands of Rangiroa appear to form a pearl necklace atop the Pacific Ocean. We entered the lagoon thru the Tiputa cut just east of Avatoru. And we actually tendered to Ohotu, a small village nearby. A Wind Star ship, Wind Sprit, shared the anchorage with us.
Blue Lagoon, to the west, is considered one of the best diving destinations in the world. A highlight for divers, snorkelers and even glass-bottomed boats is to “shoot the pass”. This is when a rush of water between the ocean and lagoon carries you through the cut surrounded by seemingly millions of fish.
We had a lovely day in Rangiroa.
Next stop: Papeete, Tahiti in the Society Islands.