Jul 29, 2018 - National Geographic Orion
This morning National Geographic Orion anchored in the lagoon of Fakarava, the second biggest atoll of French Polynesia and a UNESCO bioreserve since 1977. Tourism is mainly focused on scuba diving to experience the rich sea life or an amazing drift dive through the southern pass—Fakarava is one of the rare atolls featuring two passes. A leisurely walk or bike ride allowed us to discover the main village of Rotoava, where most of the 850 inhabitants live. A couple of handicraft and pearl vendors were present, although Sunday life is dedicated to church and family.
During lunch the ship was repositioned to the nearby atoll of Toau, inhabited by a single family and rarely visited by travelers. The snorkeling platform allowed us to explore a healthy reef system with a great variety of coral and fish.
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