From above, Rangiroa – the second largest atoll in the world, located off the shores of Tahiti – looks like a giant pearl necklace floating on top of the water. In fact, the atoll’s economy depends heavily on pearl farming, black pearls in particular. But venture below the lagoon and you’ll find a plethora of gems of a different sort --sea turtles, humphead wrasses and bottlenose dolphins call the isle their playground. These friendly passersby are known to make an appearance during deep-sea dives in the Tiputa pass.
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