After Tahiti, we returned to Moorea as we had about 400 new passengers on board who had not seen it.
Here we are approaching Moorea from the North East and the Rainbow to the right is ending on Tahiti. It is very close.
There were again a few showers around. Here one can already see the twin bays on the north coast.
We didn't mind at all as we had hoped to be able to go snorkelling there too.
This lady organised the snorkelling tour for us with a local operator.
Local hand craft on sale.
Our boat and snorkelling trip with a local tour group.
When it started raining, Bob was happy to share my umbrella.
We were taken to their private island
and were offered various local fruits and drinks.
We were provided with comfortable deck chairs on the beach,
then transferred to an outrigger canoe to go snorkelling with the friendly stingrays and black tipped reef sharks.
The water was shallow, warm and very clear.
I first photographed the sea life from the canoe.
The driver had thrown some food to the sharks and they circled it while eating.
Dave Plourd meeting the rays.
This is Dr. Dave Plourd, one of the lecturers on board the Regatta and the following photos are the ones he is taking here.
Thank you Dave!
Sharks everywhere, we were pleased that they were friendly.
A close up of one of the rays.
Here I'm being introduced to the stingrays. These photos were taken by Mary Kuopus for me. Thank you Mary.
Here they are getting really friendly. They seem to enjoy being petted.
Now we are back to my photos, taken from above water. Here Elisabeth is being introduced to the rays.
The driver held up the nose of the ray to show the mouth.
After a while Elisabeth gained more courage.
Wow, I did it!
Another tourist boat with quite a crowd. The sharks and rays are obviously used to people.
Here Elisabeth swam away to view the sharks
and the friendly ray followed her to get a bit more petting.
Heading back to the island.
Preparing to go snorkelling on our own.
We passed acouple of sailing canoes on our way home.
A hotel complex on the main island.
Looking down over the bay.
That evening we had a ceremony in teh Regatta Lounge to introduce the new captain. He had been on holidays and rejoined the ship in Papeete.
A Norwegian Sea Bear!
Late evening in Moorea lagoon.