Rangiroa and the French Overseas Territory of Polynesia are now well off our stern as we sail east northeast towards the Republic of Kiribati. Today we are getting into the rhythms of work and life during a long blue water passage. But we are also reflecting on our time together in the Tuamotu chain of seamounts and islands. Rangiroa was a wonderful stop for all aboard. We started our coral reef projects with teams studying parrot fish interactions with coral and algae as well fish biomass. With the help of locally-leased speed boats driven by wild French drivers we surveyed several widely separated reefs within the world’s second largest atoll, including a stunning little motu (islet) sitting all by itself in the center of the lagoon. One of the very best reefs is known as “The Aquarium” and was a 5 minute small boat ride from the Robert C Seamans anchor site. Nearly everyone on the ship had a chance to spend an hour or two in the company of Picasso Triggerfish, Flutefish, Banded Sargent Majors, and many more spectacularly colored “Poisson de Tahiti”. A few blacktip reef sharks cruised by, but their bellies were full and they had no interest in us gangly creatures from the land.