Tuamotu atoll
Tuamotu atoll

(internet photo)

Marquesas Islands
Marquesas Islands

Vaipo Waterfall, Nuku Hiva (internet photo)

Marquesas
Marquesas

Hatiheu, Nuku Hiva

Tuamotu atoll
Tuamotu atoll
Tuamotu Atoll
Tuamotu Atoll
Diagram of atoll formation
Diagram of atoll formation
Atoll formation process
Atoll formation process
Tonga - new volcano
Tonga - new volcano
New island formation
New island formation

Ash covered cruiser experiences a volcanic eruption

Marquesas - volcanic island
Marquesas - volcanic island
Tahiti - fringing reef
Tahiti - fringing reef
Moorea - Barrier Reef
Moorea - Barrier Reef
Bora Bora - barrier reef
Bora Bora - barrier reef
Tuamotu atoll
Tuamotu atoll
Tuamotu Atoll
Tuamotu Atoll
Solomon Islands
Solomon Islands

Disappearance of islands due to climate change and rising sea levels

"People from Oceania", 1885
"People from Oceania", 1885

European voyagers were keenly interested in the physical appearance of Paumotus as compared with other Polynesians, based upon the detailed notes that they took.

Puamotu children
Puamotu children
Tuamotu Hut c.1910
Tuamotu Hut c.1910
Tikehau
Tikehau

From Krusenstern voyage

Puamotu woman
Puamotu woman
Puamotu and his grandson
Puamotu and his grandson
Atomic bomb cloud, Moruroa
Atomic bomb cloud, Moruroa

The French carried out nuclear testing on 2 atolls, Moruroa and Fangataufa, in the Tuamotus for 30 years. They are still off-limits to any visitation.

Copra
Copra

The main economic activity along with fishing

Tending to the fish pens, Toau
Tending to the fish pens, Toau
Toau
Toau

Reef fish ready to be sent to Papeete market

Tridacna clam
Tridacna clam

Now, as historically, a staple food in the Tuamotus

Tricacna clam
Tricacna clam
Coconut crab
Coconut crab

(internet photo)

Tuamotu village
Tuamotu village
Typical Tuamotu street
Typical Tuamotu street
Tuamotu streetscene
Tuamotu streetscene
Boat storage
Boat storage
Artisan
Artisan

Widespread use of seashells for crafts and decoration

Tuamotu church, Fakarava
Tuamotu church, Fakarava
Supply ship at the wharf, Ahe
Supply ship at the wharf, Ahe

Chuck and Linda snorkeling in the Tuamotus

Napoleon Wrasse
Napoleon Wrasse

Linda's favorite fish (internet photo)

Napoleon Wrasse
Napoleon Wrasse

(internet photo)

Tiny Nudibranch
Tiny Nudibranch
White tip shark
White tip shark
Plenty of sharks in the Tuamotus
Plenty of sharks in the Tuamotus

Black tip reef sharks are everywhere but generally harmless (internet photo)

Active reef ecology, Tahanea
Active reef ecology, Tahanea
Beautiful, healthy coral gardens
Beautiful, healthy coral gardens
Outer reef
Outer reef

We did a lot of reefwalking to look for shells and scavenge

Fakarava
Fakarava

Reefwalking with Kira outside of Pakokota. She loved to catch fish in the shallows.

Birdwatching, Tikehau
Birdwatching, Tikehau

Visiting a bird islet (Motu Manu) with svAsolare

Beachwalking
Beachwalking

Delicate Sea Biscuits blown on to the beach

Shelling
Shelling

Abundance of shells, especially cowries

Pearl Farm
Pearl Farm