A select group of Travellers Choice agents recently enjoyed an idyllic five-day educational to Moorea and Papeete, although they got a little close some locals than they had planned!
While enjoying a swim in a tranquil Tahitian lagoon they found themselves sharing the warm waters with hungry stingrays and curious sharks.
Kayla McDiarmid from Easy Travel and Cruise Nambour said the sharks decided to keep their distance, although the stingrays were quite happy to rub shoulders.
“The guides held food out and these half-metre long stingrays would glide right over our faces, so close we could touch them, which was quite scary,” she said.
“Thankfully the reef sharks were more scared of us, so they hung around the edge and didn’t mingle.”
According to Denise Bradley from Moss Vale Cruise & Travel, the group’s collective blood pressure also rose sharply during a four-wheeled drive up to Belvedere Lookout on Moorea, for spectacular views of Cook and Opunohu bays.
“At one point it was so steep the driver had to reverse up the mountain while we sat in the back hanging on for dear life,” said Bradley.
The more relaxing activities included reclining in overwater bungalows watching the sea-life through clear glass panels in the floor (better known as ‘Tahitian TV’), enjoying the local cuisine and shopping for black pearls in Papeete’s markets.
The group travelled as guests of Air Tahiti Nui and Tahiti Tourisme and also had the chance to inspect the Aranui 5, a mixed passenger/cargo vessel that has operated the 14-day journey between Papeete and the Marquesas Islands since late 2015.