In a flurry of crew activity, out come the yacht's many toys. The yacht's sizable scuba locker would make most dive shops envious. Of course, Pangaea packs its own high-speed air compressor, and four Sea-Doo personal watercraft are launched by the pair of 30-ton cranes. Kayaks, snorkeling and kite surfing equipment are laid out on Pangaea's swim step. Schueler has enticed me with stories of the primitive beauty of Maupiti, its relative isolation, and also about the "varo, or Lysiosquillina maculata, which resembles a cross between a small slipper lobster and a very large headless shrimp. These lagoon denizens are not to be taken lightly, or easily. They are delicious to eat but also highly dangerous, with lightning-quick, razor-sharp pincers. Many Tahitians lack fingers, even hand parts, due to mishaps with the fierce varo.