Ruled by the rhythms of the wind and sea, the
Tuamotu Archipelago is the world's largest collection of coral atolls. The
largest of these is Rangiroa, with its immense 42-mile long, 16-mile wide
turquoise lagoon. A diver's nirvana, this huge, natural aquarium harbors an
extraordinary array of marine life. Further north from Rangiroa lies Manihi, a
smaller atoll, where palm trees languish and dazzling white beaches abound.
It is here, in the pure, blue-green waters
surrounding these two remote atolls, that that South Seas "gem," the
rare black pearl, is farmed. Isolated and sparsely populated (Manihi has only
400 inhabitants!), Rangiroa and Manihi offer the adventurer a chance to live
amid wild, untamed scenery, quite removed from civilization.