Snorkeling the east pass of Makemo

Diyana “floating” in water. The transparent water plays tricks on your mind! Just looking at the water is beautiful around here. 

Lion fish: highly venomous, and causes havoc in Caribbean as a horribly invasive species. But in Polynesia they are adapted to their environment and very pretty to look at.

Our friend Leon took us to the east pass for our first drift snorkel in the Tuamotos. The currents can be very strong and dangerous in all the Tuamotos atolls, so we were glad to get an introduction from a local.


These are the infamous coral bommies. Notice how it is submerged by only about 10 inches of water, making it hard to see from a boat! They are the most serious dangers to navigation inside the lagoons of the Tuamotos. Although coral bommies are easy to spot when the sun is behind you, when the sun is glaring in front or the clouds & wind reduce the lighting quality, they are very hard to see. This means that navigating inside lagoons is dependent on the time of day and sunshine! The exception is the route from the pass to the atoll’s village, which is usually surveyed and well-marked.

Hard to tell if it’s air or water… it is so clear!

We love these giant clams, burst of color in their lips ranging from blue to yellow to green… heck, the whole rainbow sometimes!

A view of the clams growing within the coral reef.

Where do the clams end, and the coral begins? They seem to merge into one another in the reef structure.

A view of a coral bommie as seen from above water… it is just inches below the water surface.

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