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Published: April 26th 2012
Rangiroa is the largest atoll in the Tuamotus, and the second largest atoll in the world. There are less than 1,500 permanent residents though. The major attraction to Rangiroa is the underwater life that is enhanced by the strong currents brought by the tides. There are only two main, large, passes (channels) for water to enter the lagoon. There are over a hundred small ones, but only two that you can dive in. Current is life, and no matter when the current is incoming or outgoing, the current is ripping through these passes.
The best dives are supposed to be during the incoming tide at the Tiputa Pass, the largest pass on the island. Unfortunately, during our two days in Rangiroa, the incoming tide never came to fruition due to the large south swell that was pounding the south side of the lagoon, therefore increasing the water level and basically not allowing any water to come in even during a tide change. Regardless, you can still dive on an outgoing tide, or no tide, which is what we did, and we still saw a lot of cool stuff.
I did five dives over 2 days,
and although these dives were pretty average for what they normally experience, I think that the pictures show that they still were quite cool. I did 4 dives at the Tiputa Pass, and 1 at the Avatoru Pass. I saw sharks, dolphins, turtles, eels, barracudas, and all sorts of reef fish.
I haven't really been ashore much on Rangiroa, so I don't really even know what else there is to do besides dive. Most people come for the diving, others for honeymoons, some for both.
I shot all of these photos myself. I do not know how to properly use my camera yet, but hopefully will have it dialed in soon before our next dive adventure.
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