Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Toau atoll Anse Amyot anchorage - More great snorkeling

July 25, 2012
Mooring Position: 15°48.2149 S 146°09.0777 W

Anse Amyot Anchorage, Toau atoll, Tuamotu, French Polynesia, South Pacific Ocean

Some great snorkeling at: 15°48.8071'S 146°10.0670'W today. This is about 1.25 nautical miles to the Southwest of Anse Amyot on the seaward side of the atoll, about midway down Opuehu motu. Even with winds in the twenties it's a pretty easy ride in the dinghy in the lee of the atoll. Lots of great grottos, overhangs and small caves to explore with plenty of large and colorful fish in 7-15 meters. The wall drops steeply at 15 meters into the abyss and larger size sharks can be seen cruising along the wall. These aren't your ordinary White tip, Black tip or Grey reef sharks. We're talking big bulky bodied fellows, slowly lumbering along, the sort that remind you that you could become an afternoon snack. At one point I saw a really large shadow emerging from the sun filtered waters and thought "oh boy, now that's a really really big one", luckily the monster evolved into was was just two pretty big sharks swimming close together which from that from a distance looked like one scary size man eater.

Hanging out with s/v Tanquility tonight.

That's it for now.

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