After 5 months in Bora we’re off to Tikehau which is a coral atoll in the Palliser Islands group, part of the Tuamotu Archipelago. It’s a little over 400km North East of Bora Bora and our flight today will take us about an hour. Exciting times!
When we first arrived in Bora we met a dive instructor that had been photographing the manta ray population in Tikehau for years and he kindly let us has copies of his photos so we could start on a population database for the island. We identified 74 different manta rays from 2011 and 2012 and we’re going back now to see which ones are still coming back and which new ones there are.
The lagoon at Tikehau is much larger than in Bora and there is no volcano in the middle so it can be a little tricky to find the mantas, but we’ve got three weeks to do it and hopefully we’ll have some luck! We’ll be sure to post again when we leave to let you know how we get on.
We’ve had a fantastic 5 months in Bora Bora, not only because of the wonderful marine life but also because of the wonderful people we have met along the way. Bora Bora is truly an island full of friendly and generous folk! We would like to say a particularly big thank you to Top Dive and their staff for their help with the project; taking us out on their dive boats, introducing us to the manta rays and being great company.
We will miss you all!