Once we got through the pass, though, we were rewarded with anchoring in what is undoubtedly some of the bluest, crystal clear and calmest water we have ever seen. You can see the bottom and think the depth must only be 10-15 feet but realize you are easily in 30 to 40+ feet. The sky was perfectly blue with a few puffy clouds and amazing water - just like a South Pacific postcard. We ended up walking around the small town for a little while and then going for a snorkel. I hope to dive the pass here in the next day or so. It is supposed to be spectacular.
I guess this the kind of place that makes people dream of traveling to the South Pacific!
Michael (in Makemo, Tuamotus, French Polynesia)
At 6/2/2011 11:12 (utc) our position was 16°20.57'S 143°38.36'W