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Diving in Tokelau

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Tokelau enjoys a beautiful tropical climate with trade winds from April to November. There is little the atolls of Tokelau can offer when it comes to tourist attractions. However, visitors can enjoy taking in the sights and experiencing the unblemished beauty of the isolated islands. Anybody who loves nature will appreciate what Tokelau has to offer in terms of its attractions and activities which are pretty off the beaten path. Scuba diving, lagoon diving, snorkeling, fishing, boating, hiking, and nature walking are some of the activities you can indulge yourselves in. We are not a mass-tourism company, with us you should 'expect the unexpected', this is what we call 'real adventure travel' We operate in the central Pacific, including the remote islands of Pitcairn, French Polynesia Cook Islands, Samoa, Tokelau and the Phoenix Group of Kiribati Our specialties include adventure-ecotourism, scuba diving, filming and science expeditions We take a maximum of eight passengers, so there is plenty of space aboard our 58ft long 28 ton displacement, motor-sailing expedition vessel S/V Southern Cross She is both fast and comfortable. We also visit the Phoenix Islands Protected Area (PIPA) which have recently been gazetted as the largest marine reserve in the world. We visit Kanton (aka Canton), Enderbury, Rawaki (aka Phoenix), Orona (aka Hull), and Gardner (aka Nikumaroro) Tokelau has declared its EEZ a Shark Sanctuary. Once again, this is a fabulous achievement by the excellent Shark campaign of Pew. I find this particularly interesting for two reasons. Firstly, because this is a Territory of New Zealand - where to this day, the finning of (dead) Sharks remains perfectly legal! How many more small Pacific island states need to show how to do it, before the oh so condescending Kiwis and Aussies start cleaning up their act? Secondly, because Tokelau is piss poor. It has the world's smallest GDP and will never, ever be able to pay for the enforcement of the ban. Here's where Pew is completely right in advocating regional sanctuaries where the island states can help each other. It also just so happens that many of the Shark fins harvested in Tokelau end up being landed in Fiji, from where they are sent to Hong Kong. Once Fiji declares its own Sanctuary, that route will be shut. Hopefully - fingers crossed! Tokelau is a non-self-governing territory of New Zealand consisting of three coral atolls in the South Pacific: Atafu, Nukunonu, and Fakaofo. These atolls lie approximately mid-way between Hawaii and New Zealand and about 500 km north of Samoa. Formerly known as the Union Islands, the name 'Tokelau Islands' was adopted in 1946 and then shortened to 'Tokelau' in 1976. The roughly 1500 hardy inhabitants of Tokelau, unofficially known as Tokelauans, are thought to have settled the islands more than a thousand years ago- thus, they are generically recognized as being Polynesians (and darn proud of it) - and this pride fits well with their culture... Today, more Tokelauans live outside Tokelau than on the islands. About 6,800 live in New Zealand. Most food and drink is shipped to the islands, as little can be grown on these coral atolls. There is little native fauna on the atolls. Lizards are common. Migratory seabirds visit Tokelau frequently. The geographic future of Tokelau depends on the height of the ocean. No significant land is more than two metres above high water of ordinary tides. This means Tokelau is particularly vulnerable to any possible sea level rises caused by global warming.


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