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.