Taha shares a lagoon with Raiatea. It also shares its beauty. Possibly the best snorkelling I have ever encountered was in the coral gardens here.
First you dingy over to some sandy spits. In between these small deserted islands is a patch of water full of corals. You have to anchor your dingy at one end and then walk up the beach alongside the pass. Once at the other end of the pass you swap your shoes for fins and let the current drift you through the corals.
The garden looks very pretty from above but it is only when you put your head under the water and let the flow take you that you can appreciate it’s true beauty.
The large rocky corals are like bushes; the se are covered in multi-coloured smaller corals that look like flowers. Some of the coral have clams on them in all different colours that look like large petals opening and closing. All around the corals are hundreds of little fish swimming around. All different colours and patterns, some swam away but others were quite inquisitive and most were undisturbed by our presence. It was just like being in a tropical aquarium. Truly amazing.
The best part about the whole attraction was that it was just accidental that it happened to be there with the current so perfectly pulling you through it. It’s an experience I won’t forget in a hurry!