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Pass D’Otao, Tahanea Atoll

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

Tahanea has three main passes into the atoll. The smallest one is a playground for drift diving and fish watching.

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The technique is to run the dinghy out to the mouth of the pass and drift with it as the tide is coming in, bringing gin-clear pelagic water into the atoll.

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It’s a crazy ride at 4 kts across pristine low coral with hardly an inch of bare sand anywhere. Huge schools of blue Anthias stream across the bottom in clouds and conga lines.

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The inshore edges of the channel give way to wide fields of shallow coral with less current

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and lots of vibrant activity.

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K was pleased to see this less common whitetip. S was pleased to practice her new sea-launch trick into the dinghy.  “He violated my personal space,” she maintains.

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16°51.63′S 144°40.05′W   07-Jun-10 23:01 UTC