Moorea 2


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After Tahiti, we returned to Moorea as we had about 400 new passengers on board who had not seen it.

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Here we are approaching Moorea from the North East and the Rainbow to the right is ending on Tahiti. It is very close.

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There were again a few showers around. Here one can already see the twin bays on the north coast.

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We didn't mind at all as we had hoped to be able to go snorkelling there too.

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This lady organised the snorkelling tour for us with a local operator.

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Local hand craft on sale.

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Our boat and snorkelling trip with a local tour group.

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When it started raining, Bob was happy to share my umbrella.

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We were taken to their private island

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and were offered various local fruits and drinks.

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We were provided with comfortable deck chairs on the beach,

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then transferred to an outrigger canoe to go snorkelling with the friendly stingrays and black tipped reef sharks.

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The water was shallow, warm and very clear.

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I first photographed the sea life from the canoe.

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The driver had thrown some food to the sharks and they circled it while eating.

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Dave Plourd meeting the rays.

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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!

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Sharks everywhere, we were pleased that they were friendly.

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A close up of one of the rays.

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Here I'm being introduced to the stingrays. These photos were taken by Mary Kuopus for me. Thank you Mary.

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Here they are getting really friendly. They seem to enjoy being petted.

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Now we are back to my photos, taken from above water. Here Elisabeth is being introduced to the rays.

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The driver held up the nose of the ray to show the mouth.

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After a while Elisabeth gained more courage.

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Wow, I did it!

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Another tourist boat with quite a crowd. The sharks and rays are obviously used to people.

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Here Elisabeth swam away to view the sharks

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and the friendly ray followed her to get a bit more petting.

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Heading back to the island.

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Preparing to go snorkelling on our own.

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We passed acouple of sailing canoes on our way home.

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A hotel complex on the main island.

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Home again.

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Looking down over the bay.

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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.

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A Norwegian Sea Bear!

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Late evening in Moorea lagoon.

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