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Photograph of the week: Paddleboarding with sharks in Moorea

The photographer pre-visualised this half under/half over image before arriving in French Polynesia. Having travelled there before he was captivated by the crystal clear waters and teeming sea life of the area but wanted to include a human element in the shot. His idea was simple, to showcase the growing sport of stand-up paddleboarding amongst the amazing waters and scenery of Tahiti. The black tipped reef sharks seen in this picture are not dangerous and glide effortlessly through the water as visitors swim, snorkel and paddleboard amongst them. Standup paddling with the wildlife of Moorea, French Polynesia Thank you to Chris McLennan of Chris McLennan Photography for permission to reproduce the image. If you have a really special photograph you would like to share with  A Luxury Travel Blog‘s readers, please contact us.

Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson is Editor of A Luxury Travel Blog and has worked in the travel industry for more than 30 years. He is Winner of the Innovations in Travel ‘Best Travel Influencer’ Award from WIRED magazine. In addition to other awards, the blog has also been voted “one of the world’s best travel blogs” and “best for luxury” by The Daily Telegraph.

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  1. Wow, that is a gorgeous photograph. The sharks are so beautiful, but I might be too afraid I’d fall in. Sea turtles are probably better paddle boarding companions for me. What an amazing destination.

  2. The photo makes me want to be there right now! The first time I did SUP was in Moorea. The GM at the Hilton told me their sharks don’t bite – wasn’t sure whether to believe her or not!

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