Looking For The Real “Moana” in Tahiti

Our family’s first Quest when we started in 2019: Tahiti and Moorea

8 min readAug 7, 2022


Our family with Tahitian dancers! Photo by Prajakta KN

Dear Parineeti and Sanskriti,

Let me tell you a story. Once upon a time, in cold and pristine Canada, lived two adorable and bright girls. They loved visiting the aquarium so much that our family made over a dozen trips a year.

This is the story of how, when they were four and two years old, respectively, they inspired their nomad parents, Shashank and Prajakta, to take them on many epic journeys to see and learn from the world.

I bet you remember intrepidly stroking little sharks, almost caressing rays as they swam past in the touch pool, and having your fingers “cleaned” by shrimps? Inspired by how much you both loved marine life, we thought what better way to start our journey with a two-week excursion, including swimming with sharks and stingrays in the open ocean?


Okay then, let’s start at the very start — the story of our first quest through the world. What is a “quest”, you ask? And why Tahiti? Come on then…

Tahiti from up above in the sky. Photo by Prajakta KN

Why Tahiti?

Tahiti is a honeymooner’s paradise — vistas that leave you breathless, the quiet but wild life-force of the Pacific Ocean, and everything that inspires new beginnings.

A lesser-known secret is that French Polynesia is also an excellent place for wildlife and earth-loving families. The South Pacific lends itself to exploring wildlife in its natural habitat. The beauty of this marine experience is that when we interact in its natural habitat, we get a glimpse into their uninhibited behaviours. That is impossible to observe in captivity, actual or perceived. One nugget of learning from my years in Africa — once you’ve been on a Safari, you’ll never quite enjoy the zoo again. So we decided to start with a marine safari into the Pacific Ocean. To see for ourselves and to show you the real thing — in all its splendour, and all its clumsiness too. So, in our family’s signature style of going with the flow, we decided to kick…




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