Giant moray eel gets really close

We came across this very large Giant Moray Eel during our Pure Reef Snorkeling excursion in Bora Bora. This was one of the highlights of that tour. It was incredibly beautiful, and surprisingly gentle. And did I say huge? I guess that’s pretty evident from the video.

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Huge manta ray in Bora Bora

The tour guide spotted this manta ray from the boat. I have no idea how he saw it given that it was so far away and blended in with the coral. The manta ray was far, but quite big. It looked like a different species than the ones we’ve seen in Hawaii.

Great beginner skiing near Boston

We were beginners skiing at Wachusett Mountain on the blue “Look Mom” trail in Massachusetts. It was much harder than the green trails but a lot of fun to ski. There were people of all levels going down the hill as you can tell from the videos.

Curious eel at the beach in Moorea

When we were walking along the beach to go snorkeling at the Sofitel in Moorea, we saw a many-toothed snake moray / eel very close to shore. I decided to put the camera in the water to see if I could get it on video a few times, and the moray just kept getting closer and closer. It was probably not the safest thing to do and I’m glad it did not bite me, but it was fun. I believe it was a many-toothed snake moray: uropterygius supraforatus.

Getting to paradise

It took us the better part of a whole day to get to Bora Bora. You can see clips from our journey in the above video. Needless to say, it was most definitely worth the travel day to get there!

Tahitian paradise

There is a lot to do at the Intercontinental Tahiti resort itself. There are a few restaurants, amazing views of Moorea, snorkeling in a lagoon open to the ocean, huge swimming pool, and more. We had a newly renovated Superior Garden View Room and it was pretty nice. Aside from the nice view, my favorite part of the room was the pillow menu. That was a new one for me and I definitely made use of it.

Our unforgetable 2-week adventure in Hawaii

There are so many incredible things to do in Hawaii. This is a 4K video tour of our adventures on Oahu and the Big Island, including lots of snorkeling, some hiking, horseback riding, swimming with manta rays, swimming with wild dolphins, a black sand beach and more.

 

An awesome aquarium that has a bit of everything

We saw some amazing fish and other sea life at the aquarium in Boston. There were plenty of jellyfish, sharks, sting rays, turtles, penguins, seals, and more. The variety of fish there is incredible. They even have a mermaid’s purse where you can see a shark embryo grow and eventually hatch!!! The touch tank is another favorite where you can safely touch sting rays and sharks. We easily spent most of the day at this aquarium.

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:

 

Flamingos can apparently be trained

We saw the “World Famous” Marching Flamingos at the zoo in the Bahamas. We were admiring how weird and cool the flamingos were, when they were all called in to perform in a show. It was fun watching them perform for the crowd, but my favorite part was just watching hang out. There were also other birds and animals at the Ardastra Gardens:

We got to feed parrots in the Bahamas

We went on an excursion to the Ardastra Gardens, Zoo and Conservation Center in Nassau, Bahamas from a Caribbean cruise on the Norwegian Getaway. We were lucky enough to arrive in time for parrot feeding. There was a lot of interaction time where we fed apples to the lory parrots. It was a lot of fun, but don’t let them get into your hair. There was a woman there who learned that the hard way when a parrot left a ‘surprise’ on her head.

Gorgeous caves in Bermuda

The Crystal and Fantasy Caves are very beautiful. We had a great time exploring these caves in a guided tour. You can just do one of the caves if you like, but might as well see both since they are next to each other. We took a public bus, and walked to get there. You can read the detailed account here.

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