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Rangiroa, Polynesia (Center on Interactive Map)

Map of Rangiroa, Polynesia

Map of Rangiroa, Polynesia

Blue Lagoon
Blue Lorikeet (Vini peruviana) Great Crested-Tern (Sterna bergii) - Non-breeding Pacific Reef-Egret (Egretta sacra) - Dark Morph Fairy Tern (Sterna nereis) Bristle-thighed Curlew (Numenius tahitiensis) Tuamotu Reed-Warbler (Acrocephalus atyphus)
Azure-tailed Skink (Lygosominae cyanurum) Blue Lorikeet (Vini peruviana) Great Frigatebird (Fregata minor) Black Noddy (Anous minutus) Great Crested-Tern (Sterna bergii) - Breeding Blacktip Reef Shark  (Carcharhinus melanopterus)

Rangiroa is a coral atoll in the Tuamoto Archipelago. There are a couple of passes good for scuba diving as well as some rare land birds.


French Polynesia

7/4/2010: After a overnight in Papeete, we flew over to Rangiroa for a few days.

I did a couple of scuba dives in one of the passes. Both dives were pretty good overall, but some of the coral was bleached in the area of this first dive. We drifted through the pass at the end of the first dive, and it was surprising how quickly we were moving under the water. A few of the people on the dive ran out of air and had to start sharing. Some highlights were seeing dolphins, sharks, and a hawksbill sea turtle.

Another adventure involved boating over to a smaller lagoon called "blue lagoon". The water was certainly blue, and there were several birds nesting on one of the motus (including the blue lorikeet). After lunch, we jumped in the water with a bunch of black-tipped reef sharks and the leftovers.

Next Visit (Anaa: 7/11/2010)

Species Recorded (15)

Birds ( 13 )

Boobies and Gannets ( Sulidae )
Brown Booby - Sula leucogaster

Frigatebirds ( Fregatidae )
Lesser Frigatebird - Fregata ariel
Great Frigatebird - Fregata minor

Herons ( Ardeidae )
Pacific Reef-Heron - Egretta sacra

Plovers ( Charadriidae )
Pacific Golden-Plover - Pluvialis fulva

Sandpipers and Allies ( Scolopacidae )
Bristle-thighed Curlew - Numenius tahitiensis

Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers ( Laridae )
Blue-Gray Noddy - Anous ceruleus
Black Noddy - Anous minutus
Brown Noddy - Anous stolidus
Common White-Tern - Gygis alba
Great Crested Tern - Thalasseus bergii

New World Parrots ( Psittacidae )
Blue Lorikeet - Vini peruviana

Old World Warblers and Gnatcatchers ( Sylviidae )
Tuamotu Reed Warbler - Acrocephalus atyphus




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