Arrived Nieafu

The Adventures of the Good Ship Equinox
Cate and Chris Galloway
Tue 31 May 2011 04:41
Position at 1000 Tonga Time: 18.39.4979S 173.58.95W - Moored on an Aquarium Cafe Mooring in Nieafu Harbour.
Hi All,
Had a cracking sail overnight, we even had to slow down in order to safely enter the harbour here. Not much sleep overnight unfortunately, so we are all a bit weary.
Vava'U is a very pretty harbour, which is the base for a substantial yacht charter industry - it seems like a 1960's version of Shute Harbour, before Airlie Beach was even thought of. The topography is quite similar to the Whitsundays, although the overall area is much smaller.
After arrival we dinghied ashore to the Customs Shed and did our internal clearance in. We then headed up town to the Department of Immigration to submit our crew list. The officials were all really nice and we had no problems at all.
We stopped at a local cafe for a coffee and then we came back to the boat and were joined by Bob from "Sylph" who we then spent a very pleasant afternoon and too many beers with. Tonight we are going ashore to the Aquarium Cafe for dinner and a few more beers....
The plan is to remain here until Friday morning to complete some boat jobs, then out for a week or so to enjoy the awesome cruisig arond Vava'U. Cruisng is back to being fun!