Our first night here we had dinner at the Bali Hai with friends from Imagine and Destiny followed by a Polynesian Dance show in which all of us girls participated and learned some new moves. The friends, food and fun amounted to an amazing evening!
One of the highlights of this trip so far has been swimming with the sting rays here. We’ve gone twice already and plan to go once if not twice more! Just a 15 minute dinghy ride away, a colony of sting rays hang out in the shallows just waiting for visitors to come and play and hopefully bring a tasty snack of raw fish. It is an amazing experience to have 10 sting rays swimming right at you! When you hold a piece of fish out, the rays will swim up to you and flap against your torso and your legs, it’s almost like a hug! They are very soft and enjoy being touched.
While all of this playing and swimming with the rays is going on, about a dozen or more black tipped reef sharks linger patiently in the distance just waiting for their turn to be fed then they will come swim around close to you as well, but thankfully not as close as the rays! We saw one about five feet in length swim within a few feet of us…..spooky!
We’re just enjoying this beautiful relaxing anchorage while we wait for our friends on O’vive and Orca III to catch up then we’ll have a few days with them before heading across to Huahine. We’ve only got three weeks left here in French Polynesia before heading to the Cook Islands, it’s been so beautiful we don’t really want to leave.