Wish You Were Here: Tuamotu Islands, French Polynesia

by Owen James Burke

A parasailor takes a bird’s eye view after baiting waters to excite the ever-hungry blacktip sharks and gulls into a frenzy.

The Tuamotus in French Polynesia are the world’s longest island chain, encompassing an area of the Pacific that is the size of western Europe; though the entire land area consists of only about 345 square miles.

With an economy depending on black pearl harvesting and the preparation of copra, or dried coconut meat, life is slow here–the way it should be.

The Tuamotus, along with the rest of French Polynesia, rely heavily on aqua-tourism and offer world-class snorkeling, diving, and surfing.

Spearfishing for dogtooth tuna, marlin and sailfish can be very productive, and a new world record for Indo-Pacific blue marlin caught on speargun was set here just last year. Be prepared for the fight of your life.

Moonlit bungalows on stilts are the way to take to the island in local fashion. These can be rented fairly cheaply depending on where you are, and they’ve got to be the next best thing to sleeping on the deck of your own private yacht.


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*via pierrelesage, vgm8383wikipedia, tuamotubwspearfishing and rileseven*

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