Shark & Ray Encounter & Coral Garden Snorkel
Dance with the stingrays under the supervision of your guide before exploring the intricate coral formations and colorful tropical fish of the coral gardens. Your adventure begins as you glide across the lagoon aboard a covered lagoon cruiser. Once you’re past famous Motu Tapu, the captain will drop anchor on a shallow sandbank, a favorite haunt of several lithe gray stingrays. With your capable guide’s assistance, you will be able to touch these creatures as they swim an effortless ballet around you. Harmless black tip sharks are often seen in the lagoon as well, and there is a good chance for an encounter. Next, you will be ready to explore the unspoiled coral gardens by the barrier reef, where ideal conditions have encouraged maximum coral growth. Donning a mask and snorkel, enter water that is four to five feet deep and swim amid the marine life. Underwater sightings may include butterfly fish, groupers and hundreds of other rainbow-colored species.
There are some stairs involved. Restrooms are not available while on the tour. Wear aqua shoes. Participants should be accustomed to wearing snorkel equipment and coping with occasional currents. While snorkel equipment is available (mask and snorkel provided), bring your own for maximum comfort. Wildlife sightings are likely but are not guaranteed. For your own safety and to preserve the environment, do not touch or step on the coral reef when snorkeling.