Moorea, Society Islands, French Polynesia

We left Papeete at 4:50 a.m. and concluded our 20 mile voyage to Cook’s Bay, Moorea shortly after 7:00 a.m.  As we did at Bora Bora, and will do in the last two ports, we anchored in the Bay and used the ship’s tenders to go ashore. Captain Cook arrived here in 1769 and landed in Oponohu Bay which is next to Cook’s Bay.  The 1983 movie, The Mutiny on the Bounty starring Mel Gibson, was filmed in Oponohu Bay. The mountain peak seen inland from the Bay, Mount Moua Roa, the highest peak in Moorea,  was used as the Mountain Bali Hai, in the movie South Pacific.  However, the film industry has not taken off in Moorea.  I had a lovely day here as I did in Bora Bora. I took a boat tour with Hiro’s Tours which started with a sighting of dolphins,  a swim with the rays and sharks and then went to a small islet, called a motu, for a picnic lunch and more swimming.  The pictures below are of the ship in Cook’s Bay, Oponohu Bay with Mount Moua Roa in the background, some rays and sharks, the ubiquitous and expensive over water hotel bungalows found in these islands and some scenery. Tomorrow we are in Rangiroa, an atoll in the Tuamotos Archipelago.

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