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Expedition Recon: Rangiroa’s Incredible Lagoon

Sven-Olof Lindblad 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.

Sven in the blue lagoon of Rangiroa with baby sharks. Photo Kristin Hettermann.

The isle of Rangiroa’s lagoon is so massive that the island of Tahiti could fit inside of it. This protected space serves as a vast nursery for sharks and large schools of fish.

Photo by Kristin Hettermann

A mullet swims past Sven’s camera.

Photo by Kristin Hettermann

Black-tip sharks in Rangiroa’s lagoon.

Photo Vincent Truchet.

A nine-foot dolphin came to get a look at our recon team and, apparently deciding we were a fun bunch, decided to hangout and swim with us for 20 minutes.

Photo Kristin Hettermann.

Photo Vincent Truchet.

Photo Kristin Hettermann.

 

Photo Kristin Hettermann.

During an afternoon on Makatea we met with a necklace maker and her lovely son. Coming to these islands and interacting with locals in mutually rewarding ways is a highlight.

Photo Kristin Hettermann.

Photo by Kristin Hettermann

Photo by Kristin Hettermann

We encountered a large group of snapper while diving in Rangiroa’s lagoon.

Photo Vincent Truchet.

Photo by Kristin Hettermann

Sunset over the vast lagoon as we sail for the next adventure.