After arriving at Bora Bora, we took the tender and walked around the village. The next day we took another tender to snorkel at Paul Gauguin's private “motu” (a coral atoll islet). We did a “wet landing” -- the tender’s front dropped down and we jumped into the surf!
After Bora Bora, we left for the widely-spaced Tuamotu Island group, which are all low coral atolls and motu strung across a large swath of cobalt-blue ocean. At Rangiroa Atoll I found a great gentle lagoon with coral outcrops. I snorkeled again on Fakarava Atoll the next day, and found even more fish and shells. I petted three reef sharks (the locals feed them), and swam alongside. (Yes, I still have all my fingers!)
The ship has a lot of seafood and gourmet fare; but I was impressed by the variety of food suitable for just about any diet! I loved the fresh papaya, pineapple, coconut, and mango.
Then we returned to the Society Islands and Taha'a. We tendered over to the private Motu owned by Paul Gauguin cruises. I snorkeled twice; and we had a beach barbeque. Imagine yourself relaxing under the swaying palm trees like we did.