The Elkins Round-the-World Voyage

MAY 16, 2000



Onto Rangiroa atoll, position 14 degrees 58 minutes south- 147 degrees 38 minutes west, very turbulent pass.  We waited outside the pass for 2 hours when a dinghy came out at 10:00 am and said to follow him in. Not too bad then.


MAY 17, 2000

Rented bikes & rode 8 kilometers to the village -but it was too late in the afternoon, things were closed up 12 pm - 2 pm - couldn't even get a drink of coke. Went to the other pass and watched people fishing. Went to the bank,  met up with other "yachtie's" and visited till the bank opened. Then on to the market at 3:00 pm, when it opened. Fresh lettuce and tomatoes and of course coca cola for Dan. Boy my butt got sore on those small hard bike seats. Later Sandy & Dan


MAY 18, 2000

Went on bikes to the village again. The bank never did open that day. Went on another tour of a pearl farm, a bigger operation. Watched them plant the seed in the oysters.


MAY 19, 2000

Snorkelled on the reef at the pass. Best yet, we saw huge sea cucumbers, sharks, black tips and morey eel. There were also dive tours in the pass to see stingrays and sharks, but we didn't do that.

MAY 21, 2000

Went to the Blue Lagoon across the atoll. Was beautiful - all sharks were black tip and lemon sharks. We took Catofun and Whirlwind with us on our boat. We dinghyed to the reef and walked among the black tip sharks about 3'-4' long. If you splashed the water they shied away. There was a little hut on the island and coconut trees, Walter climbed up one like a monkey. The Lemon sharks were out side of the reef, they are quite aggressive I guess.

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Lemon sharks are commonly found in Australia. They are noticed by their narrow, long pointed teeth. As part of the Whaler family with the typical Whaler tail, they are a brownish and yellow color. Lemon sharks have a second dorsal fin and prefer shallow water often close to the sandy bottom in lagoons. Adult lemon sharks tend to be more active at night. Studies indicate that they do not make long trips. Adults are shy of divers but if threatened can become aggressive.