Opunohu Bay, Moorea

David & Valerie Allen
Sat 19 Jun 2010 18:34
16:44.91 S    151:03.14 W

Wednesday, June 9- Thursday, June 10, 2010

Despite some difficulties finding a suitable anchorage, we have fallen in love with Opunohu Bay, Moorea.  This is a breathtakingly beautiful spot.  The snorkelling is very good, there are few other boats here (until the Puddlejumpers arrive next weekend for their rally!).  There are very few inhabitants and the countryside is pristine.

This morning we took the dinghy ashore at the head of the bay and hiked to the Belvedere for a view of our bay and also of Cook's Bay.  It was named after Captain Cook, who never actually anchored there.  He chose this bay instead.  The view of both is spectacular, especially when both are visible from the same spot.

View of Opunohu Bay from the Belvedere

View of Cook's Bay from the Belvedere

We were so incredibly thirsty by the time we reached the Agricultural High School that we dubbed the fresh fruit juice there the best we had ever tasted.  We toured the outside of the school then returned to the concession stand to purchase two of the preserves we had sampled there- pineapple -vanilla and lime.  The concession owner invited me behind the counter and gave me a grown to wear for our photo together.

On Thursday evening we were invited aboard the trawler, FURTHUR, for a potluck.  What a great way to end our visit here!

Potluck aboard FURTHUR

View of Opunohu Bay behind FURTHUR

The next day, Friday, we planned to leave for Huahine, but only got a few hundred feet before we discovered the engine was not charging the batteries.  It really isn't much of a hardship to stay here another day until the engine is fixed!   We also now believe in the superstition that says it is unlucky to start a journey on a Friday!