Moorea in Tahiti (Christmas 2006)

The overwater bungalows at the Sofitel Moorea Beach Resort (formerly Sofitel Ia Ora Moorea). Moorea (pronounced "Mo-oh-Ray-ah") is Tahiti's sister island.
The view from our overwater bungalow at the Sofitel Moorea Beach Resort. CLICK HERE for a (53 MB) video of the 180° view from the deck.
Because of the reef surrounding the lagoon, the ocean water around the bungalows is surprisingly calm. The water temperature is about 85°F (29°C), so it's like a big bathtub.
It's a go!
Audunn snorkeling over the coral in the lagoon
Fish in the coral
More fish

Still more fish

CLICK HERE for a (10 MB) video of fish swarming over the coral in the lagoon.

A butterfly fish and other striped fish
A Lagoon Triggerfish with his buddy.
A close-up of a different Lagoon Triggerfish
Fish and coral in the lagoon
A close-up of the Lagoon Triggerfish
The big (~20 inch or ~50 cm) Titan Triggerfish surrounded by Lagoon Triggerfish and other fish
More of the Titan Triggerfish
Audunn with fish in the lagoon
More fish with Audunn in the lagoon
Marie with fish in the lagoon
Marie on the deck of the overwater bungalow
On the platform overlooking the lagoon at sunset
Audunn resting with a Hinano (the local beer) after a successful day of snorkeling
Sitting on the deck of our overwater bungalow deck during a downpour - CLICK HERE for a (29 MB) video of the downpour from the deck.
The Polynesian dancers at La Perouse Restaurant dinner show
Photo-op with the dancers after the show
Picking up the rental car at the Albert Rent-a-Car Maharepa location across from the Moorea Peart Resort
Our sweet ride can seat two comfortably with no luggage (extensive pre-rental body damage on driver side not visible).
Going through Cook's Bay on the two-lane highway that goes around the island
The Hotel Kaveka Restaurant at Cook's Bay
Into Cook's Bay from the Hotel Kaveka pier
The Paul Gauguin Regent Cruise ship in Cook's Bay
The French captain on our boat trip to the Lagoonarium
A Teardrop Butterflyfish with friends just outside the Lagoonarium
Audunn with a stingray at the Lagoonarium
Marie with a stingray at the Lagoonarium
Stingray and Convict Tang in the Lagoonarium
Eight of the black-tipped reef sharks in the Lagoonarium
More black-tipped reef sharks in the Lagoonarium
The Lagoonarium black-tipped reef sharks from a different angle
A close-up of one of the black-tipped reef sharks in the Lagoonarium

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