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Fakarava to Toau, then Rangiroa & Now Papeete July 1, 2014

Posted by steveandjudy in Code Blue 2014.
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Code Blue Followers, 7-1-14

Just arrived in Papeete, Tahiti anchor 8:17am near Maeva Beach, about 5 KM south of Papeete.

Fakarava was awesome diving in south pass and north pass. It’s grouper time in south pass and hundreds of sharks milling around waiting for thousands of groupers to arrive. Did five dives with Topdive. North pass a more advanced dive in swifter current and canyons of Ali-baba. Judy did some pass snorkels with Roundabout and Sequoia in south pass. I joined this group on another day and 3 very large Napoleon Wrasses were in the area plus 10 sharks near shore. Also views of the pass nearby and many sharks plus good variety of tropical fish. On incoming current visibility was near the 200 foot mark, out going dives about 50 feet.

Toau a smaller lagoon, did a dive and snorkel, not a lot but nice lagoon anchorage.

Rangiroa, Tiputa Pass (eastern pass) did 4 dives. Awesome diving with Bottlenose dolphins. On one dive 4 of them came very close but instead of just passing slowly by as they did on other dives, they stopped and stayed right with us. One was vertical right next to me and slowly dropped next to me, about one foot away. As she slid down her whole body length, I glided my hand on her skin. Very smooth but noticed some scars. It was a unique experience for me. Our divemaster said they get in your face all the time but this was the first time for him for stopping to pet that they wanted it, it seemed. He’s only been here two weeks so far. I got some pictures of this and the dives I’ll try to share on our blog now that we have internet nearby I hear in Papeete.

Papeete, Just arrived today. We chartered in Society Islands in 2005, so seems like a reunion. Judy remembers being here in 1983 and only 30 boats or so. There are hundreds of boats here at Maeva Beach plus a new marina is full. Close anchoring in 60 feet.

Steve and Judy Dauzenroth
s/v Code Blue
Papeete, Tahiti
17* 34.7′ S, 149* 37.2′ W

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1. Marie & Greg - July 1, 2014

Awesome to read about dives “in touch” with nature. Thanks for sharing the progress. Greg & Marie

2. Larry nelson - July 1, 2014

You did it! Were really glad for your extensive diving in Fakarava. We liked Papette. We rented a car and drove around the island.

3. mike schuster - July 1, 2014

Good write-up, Steve! I’m jealous, having never done scuba. Looking forward, backward, and sideways to seeing your photos.

4. pam driscoll - July 1, 2014

that is so wonderful that you’ve made it to Tahiti ! how amazing that you pet a dolphin in the wild!!! I always look forward to hearing from you two, where you are and what you’re doing! thank you for posting

5. Russ Cudmore - July 1, 2014

Steve and Judy
Thanks for updates we look forward to hearing where u r and find the location on our map
Look forward to pics when u can send
Stay safe enjoy the journey
Russ and Ginny


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