High So­ci­ety

Let's Travel - - PACIFIC ISLANDS -

With their mes­meris­ing hue of blues and myr­iad snorkelling sites, the la­goons around Tahiti’s So­ci­ety Is­lands are best ex­plored on a luxury yacht … The huge grey shapes swan to­wards me, wings flap­ping in slow mo­tion. My heart rate ac­cel­er­ates and I fight the urge to move away in fear I would tread on one of the winged war­riors sit­ting on the bot­tom. A pass­ing in­vader’s wing touches my leg and an­other brushes past my arm. It is soft, vel­vety…not so scary af­ter all.

We are not so much swim­ming with st­ingrays as stand­ing in waist-deep wa­ter while they swoop, glide and ghost past. Our yacht’s skip­per is feed­ing them, slip­ping tasty morsels into their tiny mouths while they seem­ingly hug him, wrap­ping him in their steel grey wings. He is a ver­i­ta­ble st­ingray whis­perer, even giv­ing them a kiss oc­ca­sion­ally. They seem to love be­ing touched, and af­ter the ini­tial shock, we soon lose our­selves in the mo­ment and are thor­oughly en­chanted by be­ing able to touch th­ese el­e­gant crea­tures in one of the most vis­ually stunning places in the world…Bora Bora.

Living the dream

We visit Bora Bora as part of a by-the-cabin char­ter with Dream Yacht Char­ters on board Tere­hau – a 60ft Eleuthera catamaran. We are do­ing the three-night ‘Bora Bora Pearl Dream’ itin­er­ary, board­ing in Ra­iatea and dis­em­bark­ing in Bora Bora. From the first night, an­chored off the TauTau motu, off the is­land of Ta­haa, to the last, we pinch our­selves to make sure we are not dreaming; that we are in fact in this heav­enly place.

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