Fakarava, Tuamotu, French Polynesia
Snorkel the Coral Garden
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Approximately 1½ Hours
Board a boat for a 25-minute ride (each way) close to the lagoon's north pass as you set out on this snorkel adventure.
Your guide provides safety instructions and information about the site before you enter the water from the boat. Snorkeling around the coral head is a lively and colorful experience. You will discover a wide variety of species -- fish common to the area include grouper, parrotfish and triggerfish.
This deep-water snorkel activity is recommended only for experienced swimmers. Participants must know how to swim, be in good physical condition, be comfortable wearing snorkel gear and being in deep water, as well as coping with occasional currents. Snorkeling operates directly from the boat -- the water is too deep to stand in and harmless black-tipped sharks may be present. Life vests are available on the boat if needed. Swimming is restricted to the area surrounding the boat due to strong currents. Dependent on weather, sea conditions and fitness level of passengers, an alternative snorkel site may be operated. Boats may or may not be covered. For your own safety and to help preserve the environment, do not touch or step on the coral reef when snorkeling. Wear your swimsuit under your clothing; bring a towel, sunscreen and a hat. Expensive jewelry, cameras or clothing should not be brought on tour. The boat may be wet; personal belongings should be stored with caution. Wear aqua shoes, bring bottled water. The Tuamotus are very remote islands. Your guide will do his/her best to speak English, but please keep in mind that the limited tourism infrastructure here is part of the islands' charm, and bear with any language difficulties he/she may encounter. Wildlife sightings are likely but are not guaranteed. Sailing on board a boat requires vigilance; guests must be physically alert to the boat environment and fit enough to negotiate steps and vessel passageways.