The Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort & Spa gets 5 stars for location. It has the most wonderful coral and reefs! There’s no need to pay for a snorkeling excursion here – simply walk outside of your bungalow, throw on your equipment, and hop right in!
Thank goodness I didn’t read the in room warning about not wearing jewelry in the water because the sparkle can attract eels until the day we left. Yikes!
I’ll also use this time to talk about cameras. I spent a lot of time researching different camera’s for this once in a lifetime trip. Granted, I didn’t actually get them until a few days before we left, but nevertheless, I got them.
I was pleasantly surprised by the GoPro. We LOVED it. We went with the GoPro Hero 4 Silver because of the back touchscreen, and it was definitely the right choice. For someone like me, who has NO IDEA about cameras, the GoPro was PERFECT. The video/photo came out great every time, and I didn’t have to do any adjusting. The only downside to the GoPro in general is you have to purchase a lot of accessories, and they aren’t cheap, but we plan to use our GoPro again in the future and deemed it a great purchase.
Sony RX100 M3
Overall, I was a little disappointed with the Sony RX100 M3 camera underwater. The photos looked great on the screen, but then for some reason, they washed out once they got transferred to my computer. Normally, I would think they were good, but compared to watching the GoPro video, where the color and everything held up perfectly, the Sony RX100 M3 underperformed. This could be my fault too, as I did nothing but take the camera off it’s auto setting. Then again, that’s why I got this camera instead of the Sony a6000, because I’m just not even close to being a pro, which I felt you needed to be in order to really get the most of the a6000. I got this underwater housing for it, and even purchased the dome port extension, but maybe I needed strobes or something as well? Because the colors just got washed out.
I ended up nixing all my Sony underwater photos from Moorea, just because the screen grabs from the GoPro video came out SO MUCH BETTER, and I didn’t even have to edit them, which is always a plus for me!
Here’s the video I put together. I sped it up because it gets a little boring looking at the same thing :).