As I said in the post before, I got toasted while surf-widowing on the boat previously and that was on a cloudy day, so it was sensible sun protection for me after that in Moorea.
We were going to swim with some sharks.
Yup. That's right. And I was so excited.
Until I saw this guy. I was keen to swim with sharks, but the sting rays scare me - having been stung by one I can tell you I never want to repeat that experience!
But I really wanted to swim with the sharks.
But the rays.....
After dithering some more, I jumped in and Wow!
It was one of the coolest things I have ever done!
But damn, those rays were hanging around!
I didn't last too long, and after pulling a muscle hauling my panic back into the boat I did the decidedly un-Jacqui thing of having a beer! It was so worth it, though.
After the shark swim, we wandered around the old Club Med. This relic of times past is testament to a suffering tourist economy on the island, which is really sad. Flights from just about anywhere to Tahiti are very expensive, and the cost of living, once there, is also high. In a place that has such stunning natural beauty you would expect tourism to be unstoppable but it is unfortunately either completely unaffordable for many, and for others affordable only as a once in a lifetime destination.
The upside of this is Moorea is not over-run by tourists, but it's such a small economy that it does really need a bit more...
Honestly. I don't think I have ever seen water this clear.
Not even in a swimming pool.
This is me location scouting....
My mask is fogged up because not only is it crystal clear, it's also dreamily warm.
The place is paradise.