|The breakers indicate location of the coral reef--inside is a |
turquoise lagoon and beyond is the deep blue ocean.
|Jagged mountain peaks formed from volcanoes eons ago.|
|Lush tropical landscapes with interior mountains are a hallmark of Moorea.|
For our Snorkel and Stingray Safari we took the tender to shore, then boarded a catamaran and sailed the lagoon for almost an hour. We stopped at a four-foot deep sand bar inhabited by large stingrays for an encounter with these flattened mammals, that range up to three feet in diameter. It’s cool to stroke the soft skin of these fearless rays who are looking for a handout of fish. Just be careful not to get your hand underneath its mouth as it can suck in a finger or leave a mighty bruise on your arm. Also swimming in the water with the rays were a host of sand sharks.
|Beautiful coral species make up the reef around Moorea.|