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Tuamotu Atolls

The 78 Tuamotu Atolls are green rings of coral reef surrounding a turquoise lagoon, scattered over several hundred miles of the eastern Pacific Ocean. Some main atolls are Rangiroa, Manihi, and Mataiva. Colors seem brighter here and the water is incredibly clear. The beautiful interior lagoons have narrow openings to the ocean where rushing tides provide nutrients for exuberant coral and fish life. Diving or snorkeling in these passes, with exceptionally clear waters, is an amazing experience. Local life on these islands is simple and peaceful. In small villages the visitor can discover the true culture of the Tuamotu, often participating in the daily activities of the Paumotu people. Lagoons are a haven for black pearl farms, fish parks, snorkeling and scuba diving. Motorized outrigger canoes or motor boats are used by locals to reach distant motu islets across the lagoon, where the day is spent collecting copra and searching for colorful seashells.