31 July 2019

Moorea: Day 5

Another beautiful day in paradise.  

Monday we rented a car for the drive.  It's about 40 miles around the island with one main road.   Our first stop was the bay right next to the hotel that had a black-ish sand beach.

Then we drove up, up, up to Belvedere Lookout.  It was stunning!

At the bottom of the mountain there were these amazing trees with vines hanging down.

Then a quick stop for a coconut water for the kid!

 We passed this giant warrior statue and had to stop.  And so glad we did.

There was an amazing beach beyond but Quinn made a pit stop for a couple of dog friends.  

We decided to grab our snorkel gear and head out.   We saw lots of pairs of these angel fish.  

Quinn was great about finding these little shells with creatures inside.  Of course they went back down to the bottom of the ocean.

I love floating over coral heads like these and just watching fish life in action.  Beautiful little aqua fish congregated around this coral head.

 And a look towards the mountains.

One last look before we continue our adventure.

Our cab driver on the way in told us that this overlook was the most photographed spot in the world.  I'm not sure about that but it was beautiful.  That is the Sofitel hotel below.

A view towards Tahiti.

The shape of the island of Mo'orea.

Then a late lunch at Moorea Beach Club.

A much needed ice cold Tahitian beer.

Moorea: Day 4

On Sunday morning we were picked up at the hotel pier for a morning of snorkeling.  We were so happy to have only 8 people total on the boat.   Tom was our captain and guide.  

Our first stop was a sand bar where the sting rays and black tipped sharks like to congregate.  It might be because they are fed. 

So we were happy to have only 8 people on our boat but this location probably had about 100 people there when we were there.  It was still great!

The sting rays are like puppys and follow you around and bump into you.  When Tom, our captain, got into the boat for a minute this ray looked like it was trying to climb in with him.  

The sand bar has deep water on the one side so the sharks come in for food and then swim back into the deep.  It was a little unsettling. 

 After the sharks and rays we went to a spot between two motus (islands) to snorkel. 

We walked up the beach and drifted with the current back to the boat.  We didn't even have to wear fins. 

A look across the lagoon to Mo'orea.  I was using the GoPro so there's a little distortion and water spots. 

Quinn found a coconut that Tom cracked open for him to drink the water and then cut it in a way so that we could nibble on all the coconut inside.  Yummy!

Then it was back to our hut for an afternoon swim. 

And sunset.