Daily Ramblings - October 9th - 15th

Our Week in Moorea

Returning from Raiatea we anchored back in Opunohu Bay.  Enjoying the stingrays, sharks, snorkeling, diving, water skiing, time on the beach, a luau…it is a delightful place to relax – especially after getting to know so many local people.

We were sad with the departure of the Goodenow’s and Weiss’s on Friday.  They proved to be most engaging and entertaining.  Also the Major Wager left for the crossing to Tonga.  So with the Ryerson’s,  we checked into the Sheraton Moorea Lagoon Resort for a few days.

Among several activities we played a round of golf at the Moorea Green Pearl Golf Course – designed by Jack Nicklaus – it has a magnificent views and challenging holes. 

Our last evening we enjoyed the company of Nani and Heifava – local guides and experts on dolphins and whales.  It is fascinating to listen to the rapport Heifava establishes with the whales – especially the calves – when he swims and plays with them.  They shared their commitment to protecting the water life and to helping tourists experience whales, sharks, dolphins and other species in ways that preserves their habitats and natural lives in the sea.  The joy they project with their simple lives in Moorea helped us relax even another notch.

We departed Moorea on the world’s shortest commercial flight – less than seven minutes to Papeete.  As much as we love to eat seafood, we were craving Mexican and found the only one such restaurant in Papeete – El Ranchero.

Connecting through Auckland, New Zealand, after 22 hours we arrived in Tonga at 1:00 AM, Friday October 17th. Ready for a new adventure, making additional friends and sharing new experiences with our guests arriving on Monday.