Moorea

After Papeete, the next stop was Moorea a volcanic island surrounded by a coral reef. We were scheduled to go snorkeling with stingrays and sharks then have a beach picnic on a small island. As we were all getting ready to leave for the excursion, the rain started and they gave us the option of going or cancelling. As we were planning to be in the water, we went ahead and went which turned out to be a great plan. By the time the tender took us from the ship to the dive boat, the sky was starting to clear and it just got better as the day went on. It was about a 30 minute ride to the first dive site with the stingrays and sharks. Once there they threw a little food in the water to attract the sharks and we went in the water. The sharks were black tipped reef sharks and we were assured they almost certainly wouldn’t bite, at least that’s what I was hearing. If you’ve ever been around stingrays, they are like a bunch of cats and swarm you if you have food, so they were in abundance and very friendly. The sharks were also plentiful and spent their time circling around us and swimming between us. They’re still a little creepy when you’re looking at their beady eyes through your mask but they ended up being pretty harmless. There were plenty of other fish as well and it was a great time.

After the dive we went to a private motu or tiny little island. The dive company had a wonderful hot lunch buffet for us along with local musicians playing island music and it was a lot of fun. There was also a place to dive/swim at the motu along with the local stingrays who have names and are like pets. After that it was back to the ship and we departed for Bora Bora.

Moorea the morning we arrived. As you can see a little overcast and dreary but the weather improved as the day went on.
Stingray coming up for food
View from underwater
As you can see, they just hang out with you
These are some of the sharks we’re swimming with. They’re about 6-7 feet long.
Shark between Jane and me, those are her feet.
Beach party and our musicians.
Canoes going by the ship in the afternoon. As you can see the weather was much better.
Looking out of the harbor. The only way in and out is to follow those markers down the middle. You can see where the coral begins on both sides of the channel.
The sun is setting as we sail out of the harbor.

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