04 August 2010 | Society Islands
An island of contrast, beauty and charm. Being located so close to Papeete, you'd think that Moorea would be a busy get away from Tahiti, but it's slow pace of island life creates its own appeal. Its soaring mountain peaks and quiet lagoons create spectacular views. We spent one day hiking all the way up to Shark's Tooth peak, along a jungle green trail that provided breath-taking views of both sides of the island from that top. We also spent a morning at a unique place called Stingray Junction, which Kelita is photo'd in above. Stingrays with wingspans of 6-7 feet swim right up to you, brushing you with their velvety smooth undersides in hopes of a fish morsel that you may share with them. Blacktip reef sharks also patrol the area just outside of the rays. It's really a uniquely captivating experience with such impressive sea creatures swimming so comfortably close. And the aquatic blue water colors in the lagoon are amazing and mesmerizing. Up next, we sail for Huahine on an overnight run of about 80 miles. Hugs, Robert & Kelita.