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All at sea with the floating classroom

By Theresa Vujcich

Once out on the still, clear waters of the Bay we settled in for the first part of the journey to the pest-free islands of Ipipiri and our first stop at Motuarohia (Roberton) Island. As we motored into the lee of the island we were in for a treat, the waters were crystal-clear, the seabed five metres below was so clear it was like looking into a clear blue sky.

boatThe enthusiasm of the children and their participation in Helen's educational programme was to be commended as we visited each island in turn, Moturua
then Urupukapuka. Another treat was to be in store we were joined by two very friendly bottlenose dolphins.

Riding the bow of the boat they captured the children as Emma, one of the Explore crew, answered all the kids' questions. We stopped for lunch at Otehei Bay, Urupukapuka Island, and more activities: penguin box and trap box making, plant identification and native tree planting; the children took part in everything with great enthusiasm.

The Opua School media group snapped photos and recorded comments throughout the journey. The journey back was all too quick and we were berthing at Opua Marina by 2:30 pm. The day ended with many happy but tired faces as the children gave a resounding haka to thank all involved in the experience.

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