January 28, 2013
Moorea, they call this the garden island, I can understand why, it is breathtaking. The pictures cannot capture the beauty of these islands and the waters surrounding them. The island had been getting inundated with rain the 4 days before we sailed but we had nice weather, when we sailed in this morning there were clouds hovering over Mt. Rotui and it looked so mystical. About a week ago there was a meeting of people who were interested in snorkeling, from this meeting there were 6 of us wanting to snorkel Moorea but didn’t want to arrange it with the ship. The ships tour for the island was $90 pp and snorkeling was $105 pp plus you had to go with 30 or 40 other people. We thought we would just wing it and see what we could find on our own through one of the local tours. We found an island tour for $40 with just the six of us and they would drop us off at a beach for snorkeling and we could get a cab for the ride back. So off we went with Elizabeth, our cab driver, who is married to a Tahitian, has lived on the island all of her life and has been driving a cab for 57 years, she was 77 years old. We could not have asked for a better guide not only did she tell us about the island but we got in on some of the local island gossip, most of it was about her father and his 5 wives, haha.
this is taken from Belvedere lookout with Mt. Rotui in the center, Cook’s Bay(named after Captain James Cook) on the right and Opunouhu Bay on the left, which is where we anchored.
this picture is so typical in French Polynesia, all the hotels are starting to build this bungalows out into the water where you can just step down from your porch and snorkel, plus they have a glass flooring inside, at night they light up the area surrounding the huts which attracts the fish. All for about $900 a night and above.
Hi All…I can only add that we got very lucky with our tour guide. We met her on the pier soon after we were dropped off by the launch. She was perfect….the real deal….she should be the Mayor of Moorea. Moorea is the most beautiful island to view from the water that I have laid eyes on. So lush & the peaks go on and on. So glad we got to land on this gem.