We had the best time for our cruise group passengers, a group of ten, solo and couples from our passenger ship along with another boat that accompanied us with another ten people or so. They were called the Love Boats. Our two captains were both named John and Johnny. They were great, friendly and very personable to make our time with them very fun.
We saw the deepest part of the lagoon where the old caldera was from the extinct volcano. We were shown different colors in the water darker meant deeper and lighter meant more shallow all the way to very shallow as we would later find out.
We went out near the edge of the reef to see the sharks and rays and then we went to an area with a coral garden in about 8 foot of water. Everyone went snorkeling and had a great time seeing the fish. The two Johns threw bread pieces into the water to cause more fish to come for the snorkelers to see.
After we went to an area John called the "baby beach" He said everyone out of the boat no one can stay aboard and to everyone's surprise the water was only three feet deep. The two John's stayed on the boat with everyone frolicking in the water. They then called us all over as they also got in the water with us. One John served mango juice in cups with Tahitian rum if you wanted it to be added. Yes, everyone did please! It was great. The other John served a large tray with fresh cut papaya slices, mini Tahitian bananas (very sweet and delicious) and some freshly cracked coconut pieces. It was exactly like an on land cocktail party with everyone talking and mingling, eating and drinking all in three feet of water and all in our swim suits, bikinis, speedos and swim trunks. it was an amazing and UN-forgetable experience. We really did have the time of our lives. Sadly this was only a two hour tour - we all wished it was an all-day but maybe next time!
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