<p class="MsoNormal">Young swimmers leap into turquoise waters off a pier in Fakarava.</p><p class="MsoNormal">Writer Andrew McCarthy journeyed to Moorea and nearby isles to dive for a black pearl for his mother’s birthday. Photographer Aaron Huey documented the journey. Their feature story for <em>Traveler,</em> “In Search of the Black Pearl,” appears in the October 2010 issue.</p>

Pier in Fakarava

Young swimmers leap into turquoise waters off a pier in Fakarava.

Writer Andrew McCarthy journeyed to Moorea and nearby isles to dive for a black pearl for his mother’s birthday. Photographer Aaron Huey documented the journey. Their feature story for Traveler, “In Search of the Black Pearl,” appears in the October 2010 issue.

Photograph by Aaron Huey

French Polynesia

See photos from French Polynesia from the October 2010 issue of National Geographic Traveler.

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