Vaipo Waterfall, Nuku Hiva (internet photo)
Hatiheu, Nuku Hiva
Ash covered cruiser experiences a volcanic eruption
Disappearance of islands due to climate change and rising sea levels
European voyagers were keenly interested in the physical appearance of Paumotus as compared with other Polynesians, based upon the detailed notes that they took.
From Krusenstern voyage
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.
The main economic activity along with fishing
Reef fish ready to be sent to Papeete market
Now, as historically, a staple food in the Tuamotus
Widespread use of seashells for crafts and decoration
Chuck and Linda snorkeling in the Tuamotus
Linda's favorite fish (internet photo)
Black tip reef sharks are everywhere but generally harmless (internet photo)
We did a lot of reefwalking to look for shells and scavenge
Reefwalking with Kira outside of Pakokota. She loved to catch fish in the shallows.
Visiting a bird islet (Motu Manu) with svAsolare
Delicate Sea Biscuits blown on to the beach
Abundance of shells, especially cowries