It’s All About the Reefs

The Society Islands are volcanic in origin. Thousands of years ago, living reefs formed at the bases of the volcanoes.  Years of erosion have sculpted the mountains into dramatic forms. The footprints of the primary islands have subsided while the fringing reefs have remained alive in their original locations where the land originally met the sea.

Turquoise lagoons, steep mountain ranges, lush forests of French Polynesia.
Turquoise lagoons, steep mountain ranges, lush forests of French Polynesia.
Even in bad weather, the colors are magic.
Even in bad weather, the colors are magic.

Today, we see a splendid lagoon between the smaller mountainous islands and the living reef. Along the reefs, small islands called “motus” epitomize the term tropical paradise. The lagoons, that can be up to a mile wide, shelter the islands from the onslaught of ocean waves. The water is so blue that it literally glows, and it is inevitably calm enough for snorkeling everywhere.

Finally, back where I belong.
Finally, back where I belong.

When we sail, the lagoons are entered through narrow passes. It can be an exhilarating ride as we surf our large sailboats between the  rocky reefs where waves are violently crashing. Once inside, we can safely anchor along the reef in the lagoon. In addition to the glorious scenery, the snorkeling is exquisite with sharks, rays, giant clams and an array of colorful sea life. We’ve even seen Humpback whales breaching near our yacht inside Huahine’s fringing reef.

Humpback Whale

Humpback Whale at Huahini

We can’t wait to return! We’re headed back in September and October. See our upcoming trips for details.

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