The Lagoonarium in Moorea is a fun attraction, but it has been built up too much. The cost is reasonable, but the huts are far from cozy. Maybe that's because we got there at 10:00. They open at 9:00 and by then the big huts were taken. So we had one half of a small one, and it was hotter inside than outside. And it was really hot outside because there is little shade. The Lagoonarium has no beach, just a rocky shore. I packed a lunch for my husband and I, but he wanted to leave after the 1st feeding because he wasn't enjoying it. There's really nothing to do between feedings. The 1st feeding was at 11:00, and that is really fun. Lots of fish, maybe too many fish. It's overwhelming how many fish are in your face. It was hard to see the eels at times because there were too many fish. But the stingrays are playful and fun. They love to bush against your legs and be petted, like a cat would do. So yes, you pay at the hut that's south of the ferry dock, they radio the guide to come get you. He takes you over and then you're on your own. No real instructions on what to do. A nice lady showed us around and told us not to go over to the "real" island because it's private property. Not really sure she worked there or not. Another lady who didn't work there told us not to go in barefooted because of the stone fish. I like laid back, but a little instruction would have been nice. There is a bathroom, but I wouldn't say it was really clean. Oh, and the current is really strong. That's why they have ropes, so you don't get washed away down current! I guess if you paid at the hut at feeding time, you would have to wait an hour because there's only one guy that does both jobs. If we had to wait an hour, we would have been very upset. Luckily we didn't. So, I have mixed feelings about this attraction. Very laid back and inexpensive, but like camping, you have to bring your own food and cold beverages. It's like camping with a fish show.
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