25 Janvier 2013
Dive site : Tapu - Bora Bora
Date : September 01st, 10:00am
Editor : Mary-anne - TOPDIVE
Divemaster : Jérôme
Companions : 3 american tourists
Just coming out of the pass Tapu is one of the most famous dive sites to see lemon sharks. Tapu remains to be one of the best spots for reef excursions for snorkelers and divers alike in Bora Bora.
A shallower dive than Muri Muri, it averages at around 60 feet. From a sandy bottom, it open up into a coral field punctuated by several coral formations caving into overhangs and small craters. These craters harbours a multitude of life and reef fish. More than a few parrotfish and triggerfish are observed feeding on the pocillopora. Butterfly fish of different varieties, forceps fish, wrasses, Moorish idols, bronze and red soldierfish and angel fish animate the coral environment.
Then in the distance, a majestic lemon shark draws near – her majesty accompanied by a remora faithfully swimming underneath her along with a group of small golden juvenile jacks. Like a queen and her court the lemon surveys the seascape like a cruiseship hovering over the bottom.
I’d seen many sharks and this particular variety never fails to take my breath away. Her size and demeanor give me the shivers. She never comes too close but always veers away keeping her distance. Not only is she bigger that all the other reef sharks but she moves in a more gracious and careful manner. Seeing this shark, I’m more awed than agitated. I'm reassured in the comfort of my little divegroup.
As the dive progresses, we see other interesting marine life. A solitary yellow margin moray timidly pokes its head out of its hole. Bands of large bluefin jacks jot back and forth, along with shoals of black surgeon fish that seem to be a mainstay in all of the Bora Bora divesites. My dive partners are just as curious as I am. We stare out into the open blue hoping to see signs of unusual pelagic marine life.
Near the end of the dive I was struck by the sheer number of blacktip reef sharks swimming back and forth on the reef. I must have seen a good 20 of them at a time ! They seem to be excited about something. It must be the swimmers and the snorkelling activity that are peaking their curiosity.
Safety stopping just under the boat, we finish our dive in the calm of the shallow water.
© Photos : N.Buray, S.Frink