Sharks and Pineapples

Trip Start Jul 02, 2003
Trip End Jan 17, 2004

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Sunday, December 7, 2003

From Huahine I flew to Moorea - this is actually the closest island to the island of Tahiti and since it's a lot nicer than Tahiti this is where most of French Polynesia's backpackers can be found down at Chez Nelson and Camping Moorea. Neither are particularly great places but they're cheap and they're on the beach and there's plenty of other backpackers around to talk to so I ended up at Chez Nelson.

First off was an island tour although it wasn't that good to be honest. Our guide pointed out lots of different fruit plantations and took us to some nice look outs but that was about it. It gave a nice over view of the island in a few hours though which set me up nicely for the following day where I went diving again. Moorea is also famous for sharks but this time of the Black tip and Lemon variety. Again, as soon as we got in the water we were surrounded by sharks. I suspect they thought we might feed them as some of the other dive operators do on the island but we didn't have any food. They hung around anyway along with some grey reef sharks just to check us out.

Moorea was also good for just hanging out on the beach apart from the day when it rained all day. A nice enough place to visit but not one of the highlights of my trip! Overall, with the exception of the diving, I'd say that French Polynesia's all very nice but a bit over rated and certainly doesn't justify the cost!

Tahiti as seen from Moorea

The interior of Moorea

A field full of pineapples - no they don't grow on trees!

Moorea Coastline from the look out

A rare photo of me overlooking Cook's Bay

Mid-morning snack, Moorea Style

Ancient Marae

How the other half lives - Over the water bungaloes on Moorea

Black Tip Reef Shark

A pair of Black Tip Reef Sharks - in fact we were surrounded by them

Lemon Shark

Lemon Shark

Grey Reef Shark
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