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Tuamotu Islands, French Polynesia
 

The Tuamotu Archipelago is a chain of 78 coral atolls and islands in French Polynesia and the largest chain of atolls in the world, spanning an area of the Pacific Ocean roughly the size of Western Europe.

We visited Fakarava, Rangiroa, Tikehau, Toau, all of which were excellent for Scuba diving, especially the passes.

Today the most important source of income in the Tuamotus is from the cultivation of black pearls. In Toau we were invited by the very friendly couple Gaston & Valentine to assist them on their island which is the base of their oyster farm.  We watched the complicated and delicate operation of inserting the seed nucleus into the pouch of the Black Oyster. If successful, the oyster will coat the nucleus producing a black pearl in two years. We had a wonderful lunch of fresh catch of the day along with provisions donated by previous sailors. In appreciation the days work we received black pearls.
 

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Tuamotu Island Picture Gallery underwater:

http://www.divephotoworld.com/tuamotu.htm

 

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