With a land area of 13,237 hectares, Moorea has a population of approximately 10,000 inhabitants. This number is steadily increasing, particularly since the advent of the high speed catamarans that offer several rotations a day, with each trip between the islands taking less than 30 minutes. This makes it possible to enjoy suburban living on Moorea while employed on Tahiti.
The economic activity of the island is dominated by tourism, but agriculture, fishing and stock farming are also of considerable importance. The island is not disfigured by a cross-hatching of power poles and electric lines, thanks to a far seeing mayor and island council who insisted that all electrical and telephone installation be made under ground. This contributes significantly to the island's overall beauty, it's holiday air of insouciance. It is truly the origin of the term"Tahiti syndrome".
Our group will land in Papette on the island of Tahiti. After clearing customs, we'll get immediately on the 15 minute flight to Moorea. On Moorea we'll be staying at a quiet hotel owned by two Americans who have lived on Moorea for the past 25 years, the Club Bali Hai. Our air conditioned rooms will be located about 200 feet from the tiki bar where local Tahitian woman will prepare us breakfast in the morning and fresh tropical drinks in the evening. This overlooks the small beach, pool, and one of the best snorkeling sites on Opunohu Bay.
We did a reef fish count last year and counted over 50
species within 200 feet of the beach. The sound of the pool waterfall
makes a great backdrop to the views of lush mountainsides dropping down
to clear blue ocean. During
our stay at Moorea, we dove with Juan Duran Lopez of Bathy's Dive Club.
Juan is a Frenchman whose exuberance for diving is contagious. His connection
with the sharks in the area lends a sense of personal interaction to each
dive. Even after years working in close contact with sharks, we were mesmerized
when Juan pulled a 75 pound tuna's head out of a sack and held it as a
gang of white tip sharks tore it to pieces.Juan will introduce us to
Accommodations: On Moorea, the Club Bali
Hai. On Tahiti, Tahiti
Transportation: Flights from Los Angles
to Papette and then to Moorea. Rapid
Meals: Only breakfast each day and a banquet on the last night.
Diving: 2 to 3 dives each day and one night dive.
Experience: To ensure a safe, productive
expedition, certified divers must
Limited Space: Team size limited to 10 divers.
Deposits: A $500.00 deposit will be required
to secure your position on the