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Manihi, huge crest of corals and magnificent Laguna, birthplace of the Black Pearl. This is the huge Laguna where the Black Pearl was inaugurated. Giant Korallenkrone 500 km northeast of Tahiti, Manihi has one of the biggest Lagunas of the Tuamotu Archipelago, it is after the Rangiroa Atoll in second place.
More than 200 moto, islands of corals, divided by vast rivers, flat stretches where the sea and the lake mingle. Just one passport, Tairapa, opens the tunnel to the Pacific. As a result of the building of the airport area and the existence of the hotels, where many of the island' s inhabitants work, the inhabitants have migrated within the tunnel, a community that used to live on the eastern side of the tunnel and of which some remnants are still there.
The majority of them spend the whole day in the villages and go back to their moto every weekends, on the other side of the lake, where everyone is at the pace of the tolls. The majority of its people have been of Manihi origin for generation, and two large familys are sharing most of this legacy, as the name in the tender rocks of the Turipaoa graveyard shows.
However, the great arrogance of the people of the islands comes from the fact that Manihi was the first Polyynesian avatar to make Polynesia's gem, the Black Pearl. In fact, the Isle was the first to use this wonder of nature in the mid-sixties, with the Manihi Pearl Society, a still operating group.
Today many cottages are pearls ranches, some are old, others are still in use, these small cottages on stilt with a nî'au coated top, i.e. woven leaves of coconuts, have adopted a smooth silver-grey colour, the colour of the pearls, whose origin they aided. Some have a nice pale yellow rooftop, the colour of the Laguna.
Every guest of the Manihi can' t abandon Manihi without this amulet. Just like this Black Pearl, this is the same emotion that permeates everyone: this seems to be the most wonderful of all. The Manihi Almighty reflects global concerns and is committed to promoting sustainability.
The focus is on the eco-system and the people who live there, aware that the futur of the tunnel will depend on everyone's work. There' s no illicit dumping ground in Manihi. She and Huri have chosen a nice shade of amber and added a room to their home.
Sailboats in the harbour also have their own colour, blue-yellow or greens, etc. Its long alleyways, lined with granite fish broth, have been renovated to make it easy for everyone to come and go. Mahi, the new Mayor of the Apocalypse, is a girl and you can be sure she had something to do with these recent enhancements.
At Manihi, beyond the aesthetics, the natural and environmental aspects are real issues that are close to the inhabitants' hearts. Every one of the families in the courtyard has a moto, a real second home, in which everyone can spend a week-end. Every motorcycle is fitted with photovoltaic modules. Maoas, fleshy mussels, are gathered along the river Hao, on the boundary between the lake and the sea.
To not upset the oceans, this harvest must be done in peace. Underwater or on corals, between lagoons and the sea, angling becomes an environmental and mystic sport. The trips to Mount Mótú are just as magical. It is a true adventure to spend a whole afternoon on a theme of the deserts.
The journey begins with a cross of the crystal clear Laguna River, landings on the river moto. The ship rests on the sands. Walking on the sandy beaches, the food is traditionally cooked with the help of Noël, the island's long-standing local travel companion and Manihi. At the end of these festivities, consumed with the freshness of coconut oil, comes the rotation of a nosy sting ray or a small sharks to sample fishbones and flippers, a community with the natural environment that is prolonged by a trip through the moto.
As they walk across the river, a dozen of shrimps run ahead of the visitors and take shelter in their shelters. They' re vini, red-footed gannets, fregates, terns, nothing gets past their darkness and keen-eyed. At the other side of the river the sea stretches further than one can see, it is deep bluish to blackened and contrasted with the very refreshing memories of the turbid Laguna.
Its mighty ripples bounce against the corals and cut them with the breeze. Those seemingly big ripples become timid when they meet the Motorcycle, as if they admit that the tranquillity is devoted to this charming landscape alone. There are a number of prestigious dive sites in the Manihi and there is no lack of praise for the Manihi's many underwaterlife.
It is a low-frequented and abundant area, home to several hundred different types of sea mammal. There are two possibilities for the divers, either the Laguna or the Oceans, as well as the passes that connect these two different environments. As the tidal waves enter the Laguna, you may see tuna, barracuda, sharks, namely the uncommon sleeping shark, as well as a variety of amberheads.
At the oceanside, you dive along the stunning rock, which drops from three metres to 1,500 metres, and in July you spot jackfishes, Napoleonic wrasse, bonitoes and grouper. The Kar is one of the places on the side of the lagoons that is open to everyone. Dive or snorkel, you will find morays, nudibranchs, blacktip and whitetip stingrays, blacktip stingrays, and many more.
Youngest children will certainly appreciate it when small tropic fish move around the tops of the corals to catch the last bit of feed. Marmorated snail, lime dogfish, mantas, hundreds of grouper, napoleon, angelfish, trumpetfish: this is a normal dive in Manihi. This is the place of great importance for traditions in this oasis at the end of the earth.
Manihis men and woman educated their kids, and sometimes also the visitor, the intelligentsia to recall, but also to intelligently adjust the atolls' lives to the atolls. Manihi is certainly in July, during the Polish festivals, the best expression of proud ness and ancestors.
There are a few small wooden stands and plaited panda foliage on the jetty along the lake, the sides of which are lined with coloured stuff. Nowadays the two beautiful little girl from Polynesia meet their birth control families, their many uncle, aunt and cousin living in Manihi. Whilst the discovery of the Manihi gem is inevitable, the visitors are also pleased to experience the gentle excitement of the deserts.
Peace and tranquillity that all travellers miss when they abandon this little bit of time that is the Manihi Toll. From an aesthetic point of view, it is not only the town that is contributing to the present day achievement of the Toll. When Manihi is so inevitable, it is mainly because here the Black Bead has been created, this is the first Polyynesian avatar that has grasped the value of this mothers or pearls spheres, the second economical resources of the territory.
Visitors will not know Manihi unless they go to one of the bead-farm. From a historical point of view, the first, the "Société Perlière de Manihi", or the others, Faura Tapu, or Faura Terii, unveil the mysteries of this jewel. Corking, immersing the mussels in the water, picking, calibrating, grading the beads according to colour, nothing will be missed by the visitors.
The colour of the pearls can vary from dark brown to gold to light pink and even emerging emeralds. Manihi, huge crest of corals and magnificent Laguna, birthplace of the Darkrat.