The first location that we dove at was supposed to be famous for manta rays, although, on this morning, it was vacant. My husband was the only person to spot a single manta just as we were ascending. The dive site was a little disappointing because we wanted to experience the marine life, but wildlife can be unpredictable, and we don't blame the dive shop for circumstances beyond their control. The dive master then asked us what we wanted to see, and my husband eagerly responded, "SHARKS!"
We dove at the pass where boats enter the lagoon from the Pacific. We were told here that we would see lemon sharks, and they were mysteriously circling as we anchored the boat. This site did not disappoint - it was amazing to swim with sharks larger than us and be a part of their world. You feel a certain sense of respect, and we were in awe of our experience with them.
During this dive, I experienced some ear pressure discomfort and immediately got the attention of our dive master. I appreciated his safety concern and immediate attention. Thankfully, the problem did not escalate, and we had a very successful dive.
It is not a part of the French-Polynesian culture to tip, but my husband and I both felt that the staff at this dive operation expected a tip.
July 20, 2005
From journal Bora Bora - Ultimate Expereince