Friday was a beautiful day. We started with taking pictures of the sunrise, which meant a walk to the end of the pier at the resort and watching for the sun behind Mt. Rotui and some clouds, so it was not exactly the same as other sunrises we’ve watched, but it beat yesterday when there was nothing but cloud and rain.
We rented a kayak for our second attempt to cross the lagoon channel and get to the motus. Success this time. The kayak responded much nicer than the outrigger canoe. It still took some work, but in general it was a much more positive experience. Of the two motus, most of the property, meaning beaches, are privately owned, so we had to be careful where we landed. We ended up on a not quite pristine white sand beach, instead pulling up on some rocks that had sand covered with pine needles. That’s okay, we were there for the snorkelling more than the beach.
The snorkelling was good, but by this time we had figured out that our best experiences were by far in Bora Bora. This was still fun, but after maybe an hour we had had enough. After that time we still hadn’t seen any stingrays, but we had been out to where the lagoon meets the reef. The current was very strong there, and the waves crashing into the reef meant that we couldn’t even think about trying to see what the water was like outside the reef.
After a break we decided to try to find some stingrays. We had luck only because we creeped into a tour group who had a guy leading the tour that was feeding them. We spent maybe 10 minutes with them, and had a chance to touch a couple. They are very gentle creatures and it certainly put a smile on my face to swim with them.
We collected our kayak and headed across to the other motu that has a small restaurant on it, Coco Beach. It was our best meal of the entire vacation to date. I had shrimp in a curry sauce, and Sandi had grilled saumon in a vanilla sauce. Included with each plate was rice, fried banana, pineapple, papaya and mango on a bed of butter lettuce. Sandi’s pineapple was grilled. We pretty much didn’t need to eat for the rest of the day after that!
We spent the rest of the day on the beach of Les Tipaniers after that, each of us having a nap. It was very hot out, right into the evening. The best place to try and cool off was the beach where there was a nice wind.
To close the evening we took pictures of the sunset, along with about 20-30 other people, and around 8:30 took an attempt at taking some pictures of the stars. There has been enough light pollution everywhere we’ve been, be it from the moon or just lights along the beach, that there hasn’t been a good opportunity to see the stars or take photos. While this was our best opportunity, it wasn’t ideal. We probably would have been better off walking to a spot where there was little to no light to take pictures.
All things considered however, another good day in French Polynesia. Tomorrow we have more than half the day on Moorea before taking the ferry back to Tahiti to board our flight home. We plan to rent a car and drive around the island.