Amazing snorkeling at the Sofitel in Moorea

There were so many amazing fish at the Sofitel. There’s a beautiful barrier reef surrounding the beach, a great beach, and large variety of fish in the coral reef under the overwater bungalows. The Sofitel is reputed to have the best snorkeling of any resort there and from what we saw, we’d agree. We even saw a what we think is a many-toothed snake moray along the shore. I may have gotten much closer than recommended, as you can see in the video!

 

 

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So many tropical fish eating from our hands right off the deck

There were so many different species of fish right off of our overwater bungalow’s deck at the Sofitel in Moorea. The snorkeling was fantastic and we had a lot of fun feeding fish from our hands. The parrotfish were especially aggressive when it came to eating the bread. You can actually hear the fish grab the bread! A few of them thought my hand was food and tried to get a piece of that as well!

Fish, fish and more fish in the Virgin Islands

Above is the full video of our snorkeling trip to Trunk Bay in the Virgin Islands. We saw lots and lots of different fish and other sea creatures. Some of the coral there was just massive:

There were also lots of small squid:

Closer to the beach, we also happened to see a big stingray:

And there was one interesting fish that liked to burrow in the sand and hide:

 

Surfing on a cruise ship

Royal Caribbean has outfitted some of its bigger ships with simulated surfing machines. We used the FlowRider on the Oasis of the Seas (there are two aboard, one for surfing and the other for boogie boarding) and it was a lot of fun. It’s not the same as surfing for real, but as close as you’ll get on dry land (or a ship)! We’d never done this before so it was tricky. The water moves at 35 to 40 miles per hour. The surface under the water is a little bit padded, but there is a real chance of injury if you fall. You can read the detailed account here.

Amazing fish at Hanauma Bay

The snorkeling at Hanauma Bay is just incredible. You walk a few dozen feet into the water from the beach and you are surrounded by sooooo many colorful fish. There are a lot of different species, and also a lot of fish. This is one of the best places in the world to go snorkeling. You can read the detailed account here.

We swam with a pod of wild dolphins in the ocean and they got really close

Most of the wild dolphin dives in Kona take to you where they sleep during the day, thus disturbing them as they try to rest. If you would like to minimize the impact you have on the dolphins and not disturb their sleep, take earlier morning tours that follow them on their path home. It is more difficult to find them in the wild, but you minimize any negative impact.
Read a full account here.

 

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