We arrived off the dramatic, lush, volcanic island of Moorea early this morning before breakfast. This is the second largest of the Îles du Vent (Windward Islands) in the Society Islands of French Polynesia, and is very different compared to the coralline Tuamotu islands we have been exploring on this voyage. Some people claim Moorea is the most beautiful island in the world, and it would be difficult to argue against that. The island is the remains of an ancient, half-eroded volcano, producing a rugged and mountainous land, with many streams, fertile soils and beautiful landscapes. Its highest peak is Mount Tohivea, which rises to 3,960 feet or 1,207 meters (Figure A). As we prepared to enter the inner waters surrounding the island, we sighted several humpback whales and decided to delay the entry a little while as we watched them. We soon entered the lagoon, accompanied by spinner dolphins, and anchored in Opunohu (Papetoai) Bay on the north coast at the center of what was once the volcano’s crater. This where we spent the rest of the day anchored as we enjoyed this amazing island.