Month: August 2009

POSITION REPORT

August 31, 2009

TIME: 2009/08/31 17:06
LATITUDE: 14-58.13S
LONGITUDE: 147-38.15W
MARINE: NO
WIND_SPEED: 18
WIND_DIR: 124T
CLOUDS: 100%
VISIBILITY: 05
BARO: 1013.7
AIR_TEMP: 25.6C
COMMENT: Beach House – ANCHORED – Rangiroa Atoll, Rain, 25 knots of “breeze”, exciting pass entry…..

POSITION REPORT

August 31, 2009

YOTREPS: YES
TIME: 2009/08/31 08:35
LATITUDE: 14-41.55S
LONGITUDE: 147-00.44W
COURSE: 243T
SPEED: 5.6
MARINE: YES
WIND_SPEED: 20
WIND_DIR: 114T
WAVE_HT: 1.8M
WAVE_PER: 6
SWELL_DIR: ESE
SWELL_HT: 1.8M
SWELL_PER: 06
CLOUDS: 70%
VISIBILITY: 15
BARO: 1014.7
AIR_TEMP: 25.6C
SEA_TEMP: 27.2C
COMMENT: Beach House – EN ROUTE – Rangiroa Atoll, expect early A.M. arrival, triple reefed to slow down …..

More Manihi…..

August 30, 2009

Dear F&F,

August 29, 2009
More Manihi

Yesterday & today we enjoyed diving with Serge, the outgoing divemaster here in Manihi atoll. Marc, has been getting oriented to the sites & dive center operations. We hope to see Wilfred again when we get to Tikihau in about a week. The 5 of us are all very experienced divers so it has been a very enjoyable group. We dove at the manta ray “cleaning station” several times. They hover & swirl around this 70 foot deep pile of rocks & uninteresting coral. The small fish nibble clean any wounds or parasites. Win-win: the little fish get a meal & the mantas stay healthy. The mantas are filter feeders, plankton, so the small fish are not in jeopardy of being eaten. In fact they swim inside the mantas mouth & do oral hygiene. Very interesting to watch. The water was murky, but Scott video & photos turned out surprisingly well.

The second dive today Serge baited the sharks. We had been on one of these experiences years ago in Moorea. A big frozen tuna head was lowered into the water in a wire cage. We dove while the tormented grey reef sharks swirled around smelling but not yet able to eat it. After Marc, Wilfred & Scott got their fill of close up shark photos, Serge tripped the line to open the cage & the mayhem began. I’m not afraid, but I don’t love it. We kept a safe distance from the short-lived feeding frenzy. I find it more enjoyable to watch sharks calmly swimming vs in a feeding frenzy. We had one other French tourist who had apparently requested to see this, which is why they did it. It has been a very enjoyable 3 days of diving here & we look forward to diving at 2 more Tuamotu atolls before spending the cyclone season in Tahiti.

We are checking the weather & will pick our time in the next day or two for the overnight sail to Rangiroa, the largest of the Tuamotu atolls. Wilfred gave us a referral for a dive operation there. Everyone who we’ve spoken to that has visited raves about it.

Cindy & Scott