Swimming with Stingrays

Swimming with Stingrays

Aside from cycling and hiking I did little else in my time in Bora Bora, which is popular for diving and many other aquatic activities. I was fortunate enough to go on one boat trip on the lagoon. There were two guides and only three passengers on the boat. It was the best day of my brief time in French Polynesia. We went snorkelling a few times during the day in various parts of the lagoon. Even swimming with baby sharks. Here we were feeding and snorkelling with stingrays. There were dozens of them and they were extremely friendly.

Giant Trevally Fish

Giant Trevally Fish

This is probably the largest fish I have come in close contact with. Although looking down on him from the boat was close enough for me. The Gaint Trevally or GT for short is a large marine fish found throughout the tropical waters of the Indo-Pacific region. It can grow to over a metre and a half in length and a weight of up to 80kg. This photograph was taken in the Aitutaki lagoon. There were at least three or four GTs. Nearly everyone on the boat went snorkelling in the water with them but I wanted to focus on photographing them. That’s my excuse for staying out of the water anyway!

Market seller on a boat

Market seller on a boat

Visiting the Damnoen Saduak Floating market was one of the best things I did on my short visit to Bangkok. Although it was over an hours drive from the city centre it was well worth it. Being such a popular tourist attraction made photograph of the market as a whole very challenging. This is where a zoom lens was priceless. It allowed me to zoom in on some of the market holders as they floated around looking for customers. If you can’t quite read this ladies sign, she is selling Mango with Sticky Rice.

Panning for Gold at Arrowtown

Panning for gold

Just a few hundred metres into Bush Creek Reserve from Arrowtown’s main street is the Arrow River. This photograph is looking south down the river towards the town centre but the trees make it seem like I was in the middle of nowhere. This area is famous for gold. Along the banks of the river you can see two couples of tourists panning for gold. In the mid 19th century there was a rush of Chinese people to the area seeking riches from the water.

Body boarder on Sand Dune

Body boarder on Sand Dune

At the north end of 90 mile beach (which is in fact only about 55 miles long) are huge great sand dunes. So large in fact it is tricky attempting to convey the size of them in a single photograph. Fortunately a couple of people were climbing to the top of one of these dunes to sand surf or body board down the slope. You can see the board he was about to lie on under his right arm.