Tahiti to Tonga: Too much wind and waves in the squash zone this week. Just spend the time on other cultural activities.
So, we wait, along with a growing fleet of other cruisers, for a more favorable forecast. In fact, with boats arriving every day, the lagoon is filling with yachts stacked up like cordwood, all waiting for the "go" sign from on high!!! Lot's of internet time spent on serious hand wringing forecast checking, and b.s.'ing with other cruisers at happy hour, everyone trying to see what they're hoping to see, either in the forecast sites or in the equally amateur views of others. Pretty funny, really, this "group think" phenomena.
|View from anchorage in Papeete, Moorea in background|
|Cruising boat washed up on the rocks after a rough night in the Papeete anchorage. A sobering sight, she was still there when we left 1 week later.|
|A yacht named "A", the latest toy of another Russian gazillionaire|
|Various means of transportation in Papeete|
|Young Tahitian surfs Bravo's wake while leaving Tahiti|
After leaving Papeete, we had a rather boisterous overnight sail to Huahine, where we spent a couple of days at this pretty quite untouristy (for the Society Islands). People were friendly, the scenery typically beautiful, and we should have stayed longer before heading out to Bora Bora, a long daysail away.
Bora Bora has been a bit disappointing, really. Though the lagoon is indeed drop dead beautiful in places, the motus (islets) surrounding the lagoon are all privately owned, mostly by the large hotels...Four Seasons, Hilton, St. Regis, the list goes on. So it's difficult if not impossible to land ashore, except for the main island in the center of the lagoon.
On this island is the main town of Vaitape, as well as various mooring areas such as the famous Bora Bora yacht club (seemingly a bit run down, and past it's former glory days), the new and very nice Mai Kai Marina and Yacht Club, where we're now on a mooring, Bloody Mary's restaurant, a bit touristy, but a lot of fun (what other restaurant has not a coat check room, but a flip flop check room, as the floor is all sand, and feels great barefoot!!!). Also, most of the actual residents of Bora Bora call the island home.
|Entering the Bora Bora yacht club.|
|Cool "ship in a lightbulb", a model at a little maritime museum visited on our bike ride|
|Sizing up the competition|
|Both male and female dancers were amazing|
|A corner of the bling room, goodies for the Heiva winners|
|Adam w/ John from Mystic Moon. This pirate stuff is serious business!!!|
|The costume judges looked like they had mixed reaction to our gangs efforts!!!!!|