It’s Saturday, April 19 and we arrived in Moorea! The French Polynesian Islands comprises of some 130 islands of which Tahiti is the best known. Just 15 miles across the lagoon from Tahiti lies Moorea. Moorea’s population is just under 15,000 and is an uncrowded tropical land of dramatically jagged mountains lush forests, turquoise lagoons, coconut/pineapple fields and glistening white-sand beaches. The movie “South Pacific” was filmed here.
We had made private reservations with “Albert ATV Fun Tours” for a quad ATV expedition that explores the heart of the island on a half-day excursion. We drove up to the summit of Mount Totul and Belvedere Lookout for panoramas of Cook’s Bay and Opunohu Bay. We passed through bamboo groves and pineapple plantations. We drove to the top of Magic Mountain where we hiked up to the top for a stunning view of Moorea’s north shores. We stopped at the Moorea Fruit Juice Factory and enjoyed a local pineapple fruit sorbet.
When we were picked up at the harbor by the tour group, another family in the van had suggested that if we had time we should consider doing the Jet Ski/snorkeling tour of the island where you view/feed sharks and stingrays. Snorkeling with the sharks and stingrays was Greg’s favorite excursion in our previous visit to Moorea. Unfortunately, Albert’s Tour was booked for the day with this Jet Ski tour but they were able to make a reservation for us with another company following our ATV tour. This was an amazing two hour trip by Moemoea Jet-Ski Tours of Moorea that we were able to view the island from the jet ski and take in the many views of the island, hotels, beaches, sailboats, outriggers, and bungalows. At the end of the tour, we stopped for the shark and stingray snorkel and once again we were amazed to view 20-25 black tail sharks that were in the area and fed by our guide along with the stingrays. Thanks to Moemoea Jet-Ski crew for fitting us into their group and ensuring us to get back by the scheduled 4pm departure time. We finished our tour right at the tender dock and their staff met our jet ski at the dock with our personal items we had left at the tour shop. What great personal service! Sharon had enough time to fit in another 20 minutes of local shopping before heading back to the cruise ship by tender.
Our next stop is Bora Bora at 7am where we made private arrangements for snorkeling!
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Greg and SharonConrad