Moorea, Bora Bora
Sat 11 Jun 2011 19:12
16.30 S 151.45 W
We hired a car in Papeete and followed the coast road around Tahiti and as far as we could on Tahiti Iti. This included a visit to Teahupoo, one of the top surfing locations in the world - however the best surf of the year had been on thursday (always the way!), so we were told by an Australian! The Mara'amu (SE) winds meant big swells were pounding the reef, but no good for surfing. We tried to navigate a pot-holed track inland to the volcano crater floor, but with four of us in a Peugot 206 this was a challenge we couldn't meet! Kate and Dave enjoyed a swim on a black sand beach with all the locals. The island is very high and there were many waterfalls cascading from the cliffs, particularly in the north.
We caught up again with several Australians in the marina whom we have met over the last 12 months - good fun.
On tuesday morning we eventually, joyfully left the Marina Taina and motor sailed into a NW to Baie de Opunohu on Moorea. Crystal clear water over a sandy bottom and we were all in the water within minutes, snorkeling to the nearest "bombie" to check out the fish. The following morning we dinghied along the lagoon and swam with the stingrays and reef sharks. The rays thought they were going to be fed as we motored to the buoy and by the time we had tied up the dinghy was surrounded. Dickie and Dave were first into the water, Kate and I then followed - extraordinary - one ray in particular took a fancy to Richard, caressing his body again and again!!
At 3pm we regretfully left Moorea to sail the 137 miles to Bora Bora, arriving after a night of gusty conditions, but making good boat speed.
Sues, Robbie, Olivia and James welcomed us into the anchorage! Kate and Dave
scrubbed the waterline (10 days in the marina and a lot of grime and growth) before we enjoyed a late lunch and Olivia and James showed us their new found skills in the water.
The engine head has now been ordered by the engineers in Papeete - coming
out to the boat at Moorea to confirm the order and re-assure us it was all
underway. Thank you all for your offers of help and support. Hopefully it will be in Papeete next week. Kate and Dave need to be in Papeete on the 14th, but may fly from here if the conditions are against us returning by then.
Yesterday we snorkeled again in the "gin - clear" lagoon water with thousands of fish - so many colourful species - eating bread out of our hands (and bitng several fingers). We are anchored off the Sheraton Resort - bures over the water (two huge ones where the rich and famous stay apparently - we could have seen them in the bath!).
Winds continue to gust and some showers this morning, but mostly beautiful and so good to be sharing with Kate and Dave and Robbie, Sues, Olivia and James. Also good kite boarding for Robbie yesterday!