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Expedition Recon: Fakarava & Shark Paradise

Update from Sven-Olof Lindblad, who is in the South Pacific right now leading a reconnaissance trip to seek out never-before-offered experiences and ultimate snorkel and dive sites for guests on our five new 2018 South Pacific & French Polynesia expeditions.

Photo by Kristin Hettermann

We entered the northern pass at Fakarava this morning at sunrise. It wasn’t the beauty of sunrise that heralded the day but the calm waters after 36 hours of banging our way east into the swell of the trades. It was a big relief for all and as soon as we dropped anchor in the south pass it became clear the next two days would be action packed. We instantly became surrounded by black-tipped reef sharks investigating the newcomers in the hope of getting an easy meal. The mood aboard was intense as we prepared for our first dive.

The current would begin to enter the lagoon at 10:10 brining in clear water. The dive in the pass is world famous and ours certainly did not disappoint. As soon as we entered the water and for the next 45 minutes we were surrounded by grey reef sharks. They ride the current and behave almost like labs, absolutely nothing to fear here. We went again in the afternoon and then later hung in the shallows with the black tips. This is shark heaven for the snorkels, the diver, and even for those who just want to watch from shore.

Fakarava is indeed a slice of paradise.

Sven-Olof Lindblad

Photo by Kristin Hettermann

Photo by Kristin Hettermann

Sven-Olof Lindblad surveys coral debris left from a recent storm on Fakarava.

Photo by Kristin Hettermann