Images from drift diving the west pass in Tahanea – our first time going on our own without a local 🙂
We always choose to snorkel passes in Tuamotos during the incoming tide. When the current is flooding into the lagoon, it brings clear ocean water into the pass, improving visibility.
The outgoing tide can bring some turbid water from the lagoon. Snorkeling in a pass during an outgoing tide can also be dangerous – if the dinghy motor fails, you get swept out to sea without a way to return! C’est pas bon.
The coral formations in Tahanea are spectacular.
Snorkeling with the dinghy in hand, as the current sweeps us in. Don’t let go of the dinghy! It is our lifeline. Luckily we are all drifting together at the same rate so it isn’t hard to hold on.
At the start of the dive the tide was slack and we went to a shallow spot on the north-west part of the pass, anchoring the dinghy to a rock.
Schools of needle fish hang in the shallows.
Another photo of the sailfish that we came across in the pass during our dive… magnificent. (Read about it in our previous post)