New Zealand Tokelau – A Jewel of the South Pacific
The remote Tokelau island, one of the real jewels of the South Pacific and a territory that belongs to New Zealand, has been only recently discovered by diving enthusiasts looking for new dive sites where they can explore coral reefs and the extraordinary rich eco-systems these reefs offer. The lagoons and the reefs surround the main island beautifully and the area is also an official shark sanctuary, offering the explorer frequent sightings of these amazing creatures, too.
The reef around Tokelau is a low coral atoll, a coral reef that developed on the top of an underwater volcano. The land rises only a few meters above the sea level, the area surrounding the land consisting of coral reefs and an extraordinary, rich eco-system. The region consists of three main regions, Atafu, Nukunonu, and Fakaofo, and the principle lagoon features as many as 128 coral islets, offering not only amazing oceanscapes with corals, but also the opportunity to dive in the world’s richest shark sanctuary. Beside the sharks, the diver can see swordfish, whales and turtles in the region as well – they are considered to be sacred by the locals, which means that, when they are caught, they get equally distributed among the locals. Another interesting fact is that local laws allow for the collection of clams for personal consumption, so you can dive and eat what you catch as well.
There is nothing compared to the blue waters of Tokelau – those who have seen the colorful, rich reef and the wildlife around it will never forget the experience.