Rain on Moorea
11 July 2008 | Moorea
The winter fronts usually pass just south of Tahiti but today the tail end of one seemed to affect the islands. At about 3AM it started raining and it kept coming down at a pretty solid pace until mid morning.
Not a problem for us though. We relaxed watched a movie, ate yummy pancakes ala Hideko and cleaned up the boat a bit. The sun was battling with the clouds by mid afternoon but it was hard to tell who was going to win.
We explored a little with the dink when the skies cleared a bit around 3PM. From the anchorage you can get to the dock at the Sheraton Resort situated between the two main bays. The Sheraton is a nice place to visit for drinks or a meal. There are stakes that you need to stay very close to, keeping them on the island side as you go back and forth. Stay well away from the bungalows and keep a good eye out for swimmers. There is also a channel behind the reef, also marked, that you can use to go between Cook and Opanohu bays. This one is a bit deeper but still sketchy for a big boat. There is a dinghy channel from the Sheraton out to the inter-bay channel but it is not marked and unless you can clearly see the sand patch cleared of coral I would not try it. The current can set you on the rocks pretty quickly.
We wrapped up the day with some snorkeling in the crystal clear water and a lively game of Mexican train dominos. Perfect.