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An ocean full of sharks

Day 4

all seasons in one day 26 °C

Opening the curtains brought a feeling of dismay as gloomy grey clouds and rain dampened our spirits.
After a quick breakfast we headed down to await our pick up. A 4wd rolled up and we hopped into the back. We stopped in at every local hotel to pick up more people and arrived at our dock by about 9.
All aboard and off we went into the blue horizon. The guys running the tour picked up their musical instruments and started up with a tune. The bongo drum harmonized well with the Ukulele, then two of them began to sing a Tahitian song. The clouds cleared a little and the rain stopped. We arrived at our location, a shallow sand bar, donned our goggles and snorkels then dived into the beautiful clear blue water. As we put a our heads into the water the fish became clear and a myriad of sharks swam into view. Stingrays and a host of coloured fish joined in for a feeding frenzy. We snorkeled around swimming between the sharks and neon coloured fish and taking short breaks by standing on the sand bank. I dived down hard after a shark and just managed to touch it when it flew off to get away from me. Louise and I had a spiky sea urchin placed on our hands. They look like a large pin cushion and where quite weird to hold. We then boarded our boat and headed to a coral garden where the water was about 7 metres deep, but the coral climbed up from the ocean floor. We dived in and began to snorkel around when a moorea eel flew out of its cavern for my foot. I dived down and touched purple and blue mouthed clams which instantly shut their mouths. After and amazing half hour chasing fish big and small we once again boarded out boat and headed to the lagoonariam. When we arrived we where shown the toilets which didn’t flush. We soon figured out that we were to flush them with a bucket of water from a barrel outside.
Within minutes we staring at a grey nurse shark and several cute but large turtles. Back in the water again and we were swimming with more large fish and some baby sharks... soon though we were in a large enclosure which held large black point and yellow finned sharks measuring up to 8 foot in length. We hugged stingrays as shown below and Jess even bit ones tail!
Small blue finned tuna sting rays and many other fish swam around us. Another highlight was the eagle rays which swam by with fish swimming directly under them mirroring there every move. After some time I looked to see where Jess had disappeared to and found her in the arms of her new very best friend Joseph, one of the guides, who took a real shine to our young Jess. He was to be found sitting, singing and chatting to her throughout the whole day! As soon as Jess was alone, Joseph would run over to woo her! Needless to say Jess lapped up all the attention given...

We dragged our exhausted bodies from the water and plonked down at the tables ready for lunch. Lunch was served and consisted of taro, some kind of sweet potato, Garlic rice, marinated raw fish, Tuna, chicken and banana tapioca. I'm not much fussed on taro, sweet potato Tahitian style, and tapioca banana! I can also say that Jess and Lou feel the same cause theirs ended up on my plate!
After lunch we were given a couple of hours of free time so we attempted a walk around the island, soon giving up because the broken coral under foot was so sharp! Here we found cool little crabs which lived out of shells. We picked them up and this wee fella climbed Louise's arm.
We went for a couple more swims with the sharks and rays and had a lie down on the waters edge. Just before departure a lively and fun demonstration of several different ways of tieing sarongs was given for both males and females.
We climbed aboard our boat for the last time and headed back to base where we transferred into the back of a 4x4 as shown below and brought to our hotel
We freshened up and headed over to Mitira beach before reclining on the beach with a cocktail for a chat. Soon we found ourselves sitting at a pizzeria dining on fresh oven cooked pizza's and tuna (in Jess' case which was better then the pizzas).

Posted by classique 02:40 Archived in French Polynesia

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