Shark & Ray Feeding in Bora Bora

Bora Bora is one of the beautiful islands in the world, and is a part of Tahiti and French Polynesia. One of the most popular activites on the lagoon is the shark and ray feeding tour. We went with Moana Tours on a small motorized catamaran, the first stop being the coral gardens for snorkeling. Here we encountered beautiful coral reefs teeming with colorful tropical fish, giant clams and even a large moray eel. The next stop was the shallow sand banks, where the playful stingrays congregate. With the amazing mountain of Bora Bora as a backdrop, we spent about a half hour in waist to chest high water feeding and covorting with the rays, which allowed us to pet and caress them. They often brushed up against us with firm pressure, which is alarming at first. But they are harmless animals unless stepped on, but most were without tale barbs. The texture of their skin was very smooth and slippery. The final stop was just outside the barrier reef to a spot populated by sharks. After throwing chum in the water we were greeted by several Black tip reef sharks and 2 rather large (around 7 feet long) Lemon sharks. While most of are group watch from the boat, a few of us went in with our snorkel gear and snapped photos while the tour leader had a few physical enconters with the sharks. No one lost a toe and a good time was had by all.

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