I guess learning to prepare a raw tuna dish can't be called a "cooking" lesson! There's more about this in the narrative at right.
HAL Shore Excursions
Moorea in Focus: A Photography Expedition
Motu Beach Picnic and Ray Feeding
We went our separate ways today! George headed out with just a few other photographers, in the company of a local professional, to explore the scenic spots of the island. Marney, no photographer and not wanting to claim a seat on a limited tour that could take only a few photographers, opted for a beach picnic which promised more time in the water. Both excursions delivered handsomely. George came back with photos of areas we couldn't have reached on our own, and Marney not only snorkeled near the motu while lunch was prepared, but also found large rays leisurely swimming past her ankles as she walked in the shallow water near shore. A second stop, entering the water again to feed a large group of both rays and dolphins was an added treat.
At at Marney's picnic on the beach in Moorea everyone was treated to a "start to finish" demonstration of a sushi tuna salad, island style, and the results were served as a part of the picnic. We learned the island way of opening a coconut and then grating it on the sharp point of stool on which the chef sits. Local limes were squeezed and local vegetables were grated and added to the fresh-caught tuna. The demonstration made the whole thing look easy although the coconut-grater person was clearly working hard. (There are machines that are usually used to grate the coconut, they work a lot like the juicer you'd use for oranges.) Of course most of us lack the readily-available just-caught fish, not flash-frozen onboard but just brought in from the boat and used. A delicious addition to any picnic!