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      On the flip side in Rangiroa

      Often overshadowed by sister islands Bora Bora, Tahiti, Moorea and Tetiaroa (aka Brando Island), Rangiroa has long been known to scuba divers for its crystal-clear waters in what is the largest lagoon in French Polynesia. But first, the flying dolphins. When the tide changes, dolphins that live in Rangiroa's Tiputa Pass sometimes shoot 20 feet into the air before arcing down. TW photos by Arnie Weissmann, unless otherwise noted; posted Oct. 24, 2014

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      On the flip side in Rangiroa

      These three didn't get as much height, but seemed to have choreographed their jumps.

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      On the flip side in Rangiroa

      Pacific reef heron part 1: Take off...

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      On the flip side in Rangiroa

      Pacific reef heron part 2: ...in flight...

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      On the flip side in Rangiroa

      Pacific reef heron part 3: ...and touching down.

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      On the flip side in Rangiroa

      An island in Blue Lagoon, about an hour by boat from most tourist accommodations are, where day trippers go to picnic, relax, bird-watch and explore a reef.

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      On the flip side in Rangiroa

      Walking from the boat to the island through shallow water.

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      On the flip side in Rangiroa

      Three great-crested terns watch the arrival of a fourth on a reef in the shallow water between the picnic island and what is locally called "bird island."

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      On the flip side in Rangiroa

      White terns on Bird Island.

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      On the flip side in Rangiroa

      A visitor photographs baby black tip reef sharks just off-shore from the picnic island.

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      On the flip side in Rangiroa

      Much larger black tip reef sharks showed up when the boat stopped for snorkeling at an area known to be frequented by many sharks. (TW photo by Isaac Weissmann)

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      On the flip side in Rangiroa

      Several more black tip reef sharks showed up after guests left the waters and guides began feeding them.

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      On the flip side in Rangiroa

      A much larger lemon shark also showed up once the feeding began.

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      On the flip side in Rangiroa

      On the boat ride back, a manta ray surfaced for a look around.

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      On the flip side in Rangiroa

      The cemetery of Avatoru, Rangi's main town.

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      On the flip side in Rangiroa

      Mementoes and photos left on a gravesite at the cemetery.

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      On the flip side in Rangiroa

      A simple inscription: "Here lies friend Lucien."

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      On the flip side in Rangiroa

      One gravesite for a young girl was shielded from the sun and covered with many articles of remembrance.

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      On the flip side in Rangiroa

      At a local park in Avatoru, a javelin thrower fires at a round disc mounted on a pole, 20 yards away.

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      On the flip side in Rangiroa

      Two javelin throwers take aim.

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      On the flip side in Rangiroa

      A javelin flies just high of the target.

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      On the flip side in Rangiroa

      Portrait of a javelin thrower who gave his name as Teinaore. He was a bit concerned when, after typing his name into my iPad, it was spelling-corrected to "tie wore."

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      On the flip side in Rangiroa

      A woman and her son selling yellow fin tuna by the side of the road. At $10 for a whole tuna, it was a bargain compared to a can of tuna for $7 at the local store.

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      On the flip side in Rangiroa

      Sebastian Thepenier, a Frenchman who is producing 25,000 bottles of "Vin de Rangiroa"-- whites, reds and roses -- from a nearby coral atoll vineyard. The white, he says, is most popular, and has "a kind of minerality found in Sancerre." No wine tours or tasting room, unfortunately.

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      On the flip side in Rangiroa

      The overwater bungalows at the Hotel Kia Ora Resort and Spa.

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      On the flip side in Rangiroa

      A Rangiroan paddling his outrigger canoe at dusk.

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      On the flip side in Rangiroa

      The sunset on the ocean side of Rangi...

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      On the flip side in Rangiroa

      ...and the sunset on the lagoon side.

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