Tahu Ata in the Marquesas Islands

Published on 01 august 2015 at 0h00

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“Tahu Ata is a bit like a deserted paradise just next to a big town. However, things have to be kept in perspective, when the town is called Atuona, with around a thousand inhabitants, and the island is called Tahu Ata with a total population of around 700 souls. Tahu Ata possesses one major advantage, that of offering the only attractive fine sand beaches in the Marquesas Islands, bordered with coconut trees, and above all with a blue sea which, whilst not as clear as in the Tuamotus, nevertheless allows us to swim with the sovereigns of these waters, the Manta Rays. In Anamoenoa bay, a visitor can swim with a whole family of rays, the biggest of which can reach a 4-metre ‘wingspan’, the smallest perhaps 1.5 meters, equipped simply with mask, fins and snorkel. These swimming ...

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