Double X Photo Album 7

Tuamotu Islands

(August-September 2016)

  • Our first anchorage in Fakarava, the second largest of the Tuamotu atolls. Sparkling and pristine waters abound in this nature preserve for many rare species of plants, birds and crustaceans. Photo: F. Rehnborg
    Our first anchorage in Fakarava, the second largest of the Tuamotu atolls. Sparkling and pristine waters abound in this nature preserve for many rare species of plants, birds and crustaceans. August 2016. Photo: F. Rehnborg
  • Our bright red, rented bikes sit on a sandy shore on Fakarava. Francesca and I were able to peddle all over the island, exploring its natural beauty up close. Fakarava, Tuomotu Islands. August 2016. Photo: F. Rehnborg
    Our bright red, rented bikes sit on a sandy shore on Fakarava. Francesca and I were able to peddle all over the island, exploring its natural beauty up close. Fakarava, Tuomotu Islands. August 2016. Photo: F. Rehnborg
  • A huge tuna, caught by the locals for us, lies in the breakwater on Fakarava. We enjoyed one delicious dinner that night! Fakarava, Tuomotu Islands. August 2016. Photo: F. Rehnborg
    A huge tuna, caught by the locals for us, lies in the breakwater on Fakarava. We enjoyed one delicious dinner that night! Fakarava, Tuomotu Islands. August 2016. Photo: F. Rehnborg
  • Palm trees sway under blue skies as huts stand at attention off the shoreline. It is a reminder of the importance of protecting natural settings like this. Rangiroa, Tuomotu Islands. August 2016. Photo: F. Rehnborg
    Palm trees sway under blue skies as huts stand at attention off the shoreline. It is a reminder of the importance of protecting natural settings like this. Rangiroa, Tuomotu Islands. August 2016. Photo: F. Rehnborg
  • Sparkling water surrounds the Double X just offshore. The deep blue color becomes turquoise as you move closer to shore, making for a spectacular visual effect. Rangiroa, Tuomotu Islands. August 2016. Photo: F. Rehnborg
    Sparkling water surrounds the Double X just offshore. The deep blue color becomes turquoise as you move closer to shore, making for a spectacular visual effect. Rangiroa, Tuomotu Islands. August 2016. Photo: F. Rehnborg
  • Francesca and I are joined by John and Elise as local dancers gather around us for this photo. It was a Tahitian night filled with local culture. Rangiroa, Tuomotu Islands. September 2016.
    Francesca and I are joined by John and Elise as local dancers gather around us for this photo. It was a Tahitian night filled with local culture. Rangiroa, Tuomotu Islands. September 2016.
  • Decked out in their finest, three dancers pose for a photo with me on Tahitian night. Rangiroa, Tuomotu Islands. September 2016. Photo: F. Rehnbor
    Decked out in their finest, three dancers pose for a photo with me on Tahitian night. Rangiroa, Tuomotu Islands. September 2016. Photo: F. Rehnborg
  • Palm fronds blow in the wind as a few birds gather on a small sand bank. Low lying atolls like this are especially vulnerable to changes in sea level. Rangiroa, Tuomotu Islands. September 2016 Photo: F. Rehnborg
    Palm fronds blow in the wind as a few birds gather on a small sand bank. Low lying atolls like this are especially vulnerable to changes in sea level. Rangiroa, Tuomotu Islands. September 2016 Photo: F. Rehnborg
  • Blacktip reef sharks gathering in shallow waters off shore. Blue Lagoon, Rangiroa, Tuomotu Islands. September 2016 Photo: F. Rehnborg
    Blacktip reef sharks gathering in shallow waters off shore. Blue Lagoon, Rangiroa, Tuomotu Islands. September 2016 Photo: F. Rehnborg
  • John, Elise, Francesca and I pose for a photo while snorkeling in the lagoon on Rangiroa in the Tuamotos. The water was calm here, but during our sail from Rangiroa to Ahe, the conditions were so tough that no one onboard was able to take any photos. September 2016. Photo: F. Rehnborg
    John, Elise, Francesca and I pose for a quick photo before heading out to snorkel in the lagoon. Rangiroa, Tuomotu Islands. September 2016. Photo: F. Rehnborg
  • A dining bench sits under a roof made of palm fronds just steps from the shore. Enjoying a meal overlooking this beautiful view reminds you just how tranquil nature can be. September 2016. Rangiroa, Tuomotu Islands. Photo: F. Rehnborg
    A dining bench sits under a roof made of palm fronds just steps from the shore. Enjoying a meal overlooking this beautiful view reminds you just how tranquil nature can be. September 2016. Rangiroa, Tuomotu Islands. Photo: F. Rehnborg
  • A vendor displays an assortment of freshly caught fish at a local outdoor market. Fishing is a top income producer in French Polynesia, just below tourism and pearl farming. Rangiroa, Tuomotu Islands. September 2016. Photo: F. Rehnborg
    A vendor displays an assortment of freshly caught fish at a local outdoor market. Fishing is a top income producer in French Polynesia, just below tourism and pearl farming. Rangiroa, Tuomotu Islands. September 2016. Photo: F. Rehnborg
  • Swaying palms overlook the ocean on this secluded island just south of Rangiroa. With only 5 bungalows to accommodate guests and no electricity, the island gives you a feel for traditional Polynesian living. We spent two magical days here. Sauvage Island, French Polynesia. September 2016. Photo: F. Rehnborg
    Swaying palms overlook the ocean on this secluded island just south of Rangiroa. With only 5 bungalows to accommodate guests and no electricity, the island gives you a feel for traditional Polynesian living. We spent two magical days here. Sauvage Island, French Polynesia. September 2016. Photo: F. Rehnborg
  • Our dear friend Punua and his son play for us at sunset as we reminisce about good times together. September 2016. Photo: F. Rehnborg
    Our dear friend Punua and his son play for us at sunset as we reminisce about good times together. September 2016. Photo: F. Rehnborg
  • Cloudy skies make for a fiery sunset as the Double X makes her way to Bora Bora. September 2016. Photo: F. Rehnborg
    Cloudy skies make for a fiery sunset as the Double X makes her way to Bora Bora. September 2016. Photo: F. Rehnborg
  • Hiding behind the clouds, the sun slowly sets, signaling the end of a beautiful day out on the water. September 2016. Photo: F. Rehnborg
    Hiding behind the clouds, the sun slowly sets, signaling the end of a beautiful day out on the water. September 2016. Photo: F. Rehnborg

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