O’ Fakarava! We return to the South Pass anchorage for internet and sharks! I know, I know, you are probably thinking I’ve lost my mind. Probably true, but not in this instance. The Fakarava South Pass is known all over the world for its amazing Shark Wall and its incredibly diving.
The Fakarava South Pass dive is considered a drift dive which means you drop in at one point and slowly drift to another point. So, we partnered with a few other cruisers who dropped us off at the outer edge of the pass and picked us up on the inside edge of the pass.
We dropped down to 70’ and meandered to the famous Fakarava shark wall! It did not disappoint!
These black tip, white tip, gray, and nurse sharks just swim back and forth and back and forth. The little fish seem to not care one bit that man-eating sharks are in their way!
Sometimes the sharks are curious and come close….
And sometimes they just don’t give you the time of day.
A small octopus was playing hide and seek…
Matt and I snorkel the pass several times. Each time is a new episode in a fascinating series of the underwater world. We still see lots of sharks, but now we focus on all the beautiful fish.
A few sharks who came close enough to check us out. We gave each other the “eye.”
We came across a lot of napoleon fish. They have a large bump feature on their head. These guys are the beasts of the sea. In the top photo you can see how large they are compared to a normal fish. I’d say the largest one we saw was at least 1.5meters long! We also came across a large grouper and trigger (center left), another large trigger (right) and a smaller napoleon (bottom)
I liked to swim close to and under the docks. Matt captured this above and below water photo while I was near one dock.
A school of rays swam by. We were not sure if they were spotted or eagle, but they were gorgeous.
And it appeared to be school day as all the other fish were in schools.
South Pass Beauty
We enjoyed many happy hours at the local dive shop which offered lunch and dinner buffets. We did not eat with them as they were pricey at $30/$35 respectively for buffet of pizza and raw fish. But their happy hours were amazing with a beautiful view of the sunset and sharks.
For the most part, we had absolutely calm conditions to enjoy paddle boarding, swimming, and snorkeling the south pass.
We had many beautiful sunsets and sunrises
We had absolutely lovely weather at the South Pass in Fakarava. No wind, literally no wind, flat seas and sunny skies. We just hung out as there was not enough wind to go anywhere else. Not a hard ship at all.
North Pass – Rotoava (the main village)
Our friends on Agape (Josh and Rachel) were arriving to Rotoava (the main village) soon so we decided to make the downwind sail to town. It was a lovely 35nm sail with our parasail. It surprised us by how fast we made it to the new anchorage. Averaged 7-7.5kts and made the passage in 4 hours.
It had been awhile since we hung out and enjoyed Josh and Rachel! We had a lovely lunch at a pension (hotel) on the water.
The many happy faces of my husband…
Josh and Rachel had a friend visiting, Kelsey. We walked the beaches combing for sea shells and picking up trash. Top photo: Kelsey, Matt, me, Rachel, Josh.
Dinner on Agape with their cat, Gilly.
A local “takes care” of a few nurse sharks. They come around to his house around sunset for some lovin.
We had an opportunity to pet some beautiful nurse sharks. They felt like sand paper and just enjoyed the soft caress.
It was a lovely visit to Fakarava. But it is time to move on to Tahiti.
Ta Ta to Tahanea was our last blog post (see passage post). Events from this blog occurred in March 2022. Our blog posts run 10-12 weeks behind our adventures.