Moorea: Day 3

Here are a couple of pictures I pulled off the internet that show the resort from above so you can get a better feel for the layout.  There was a long wooden walkway from the beach out to the OWB\’s.  Our OWB was the 6th from the very top right end.   You can kind of make out a larger circular hut in the middle about 6 huts from the beach.  That was the Crepe Restaurant — it was only open for dinner.

And here is an even higher view of the Hilton.  There is a bay on either side of the Hilton and you can see the reef that circles the island.  That reef keeps the current to a minimum so the water is super clear.

I woke up around 6 am so I went out to see the sunrise.

I was sitting out on the deck so I wouldn\’t wake the guys when I saw this guy fly by in the water.

I ran in and woke up Don because we might have a thing for Spotted Eagle Rays.  It\’s a sign of good things to come.

He stayed near our OWB for about 10 minutes feeding and circling, feeding and circling.  It was quite a beautiful sight.

A morning look towards the main hotel.

The hotel has kayaks and StandUpPaddleboards (SUPs) that are free to use.  Quinn was quite a natural on the SUP.   Quinn quoted his TKD master \”if you\’re good at taekwondo then you are good at everything\”.

Don had a little bit of a harder time staying upright but he got the hang of it.  Me, I photographed.

They said it was pretty exhausting to stand and paddle so they took some seated breaks.

A look at our OWB from the water.

There is a planted Coral Garden under the bungalow under the glass window in the floor.   It looks like there are many generations of fish on this coral head.

Quinn coming under the \”bridge\”.

It looks like he\’s catching a wave. 

We broke our family rule of never feeding wildlife!  We broke this rule over and over in Moorea.

One upstairs and one downstairs.

 Saturday was a busy day for us.  We decided to book a Discover Scuba dive with Quinn.  We booked it early in the week in case we wanted to go again.  Quinn with his instructor Phillipe.

I love the fish photobomb!

I was there too!

We were happy to have another dive in the books, but the scuba was just not very interesting so that was our only scuba of the week. 

A 7 second timelapse of the sunset.  None of the sunsets were very dramatic but I guarantee there are many more sunset photos to come. 

On Saturday night the Hilton does their Polynesian Night (Luau).  The food was really, really god but the actual performance was awkward and not so great.

Until they started the fire show on the beach.  This was one of Quinn\’s highlights.

We got back to our room and looked out to see all the stars and the Milky Way!  Unfortunately I did not bring a tripod so this was my best attempt at capturing it.

And Quinn has officially claimed that Moorea is better than St. John.  Don described it best by saying it\’s the best of St. John and Hawaii.  We were definitely falling in love with this little pacific island.

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