Monday, July 16, 2012

Tahanea atoll- Back at Passe Teavatapu

July 15, 2012
Anchorage position: 16°51.0846 S 144°41.5322 W
Tahanea atoll Tuamotu, French Polynesia, South Pacific Ocean

Today we sailed nine miles up Tahanea lagoon to Passe Teavatapu on Tahanea atoll and anchored behind Motu Teuakiri. Despite the strong winds the last several days the current in the pass was flooding when we arrived at 11:25AM and continued to flood until at least 1PM. Winds were steady at 20 knots out of the ENE, but Kathy really wanted to do a drift dive through the pass so we bucked the winds and current to set up outside the pass for a drift. Visibility was great, but the coral was average to below average, especially in the central area of the pass where the bottom was scoured by the strong current. Lots of big groupers and the normal assortment of colorful fish, but only one grey shark.

To keep it interesting, Kathy worked on her free diving and worked upto a personal best of 42 feet!

Tomorrow we may head toward Fakarava, but the winds have picked back up so who knows we may hunker down for another day.

That's it for now.

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