Tuesday 18th May
It took us around 3 hours to sail over to
Moorea from Tahiti which you'd think would be pretty simple, but it
was an awful journey. The seas were so confused and we were rolling all over the
place making it very very uncomfortable! However when we reached Cook's Bay
on the North of the island everything was forgotten as the scenery is
spectacular, the bay is beautiful! Amy was awoken as we were entering the pass,
she stood up in the cockpit, looked ahead and said "Ah man, why am I going home"
and put her head in her hands!
Moorea from a distance -
already it looks beautiful!
Entering Baie de
As we were nearing the anchorage
deep in the bay we came upon a small yacht with all her sails up not moving very
quickly, if at all! As we got closer Amy noticed two young men were
actually paddling on the starboard side so she shouted over to ask if they'd
like a tow, to which they replied a resounding "Yes"!!! When asked if they had
engine problems they informed us they hadn't had the use of an engine since
Mexico! It was only mid morning and we had done our good deed for the
Yet again the people here are
incredibly friendly, they'd go out of their way to do anything to help you. It's
a joy to be around them, you can't help but smile and be happy. We are yet to
explore the island but already we like what we see.
Can you imagine having a house
as pretty as that and walking straight onto your own private beach in a bay that
is featured on all the postcards as it's so spectacular
Boot from the BWR organised a
pareo (sarong) tying demo and a head-dress tying demo. The locals all wear
flower 'crowns' on their heads that they make from leaves and flowers daily. It
was a very fun an interesting morning but I think I need a bit more practice
with the crowns. The sarong tying was fantastic, you just don't realise or even
think about how many ways there are to tie your sarong. We can now make numerous
outfits from one garment, although I won't tell Paul that, he'll have me in my
sarong all the time and won't let me buy any other clothes!
Then the pareo
Whilst the ladies were busying
themselves with flowers and clothes the men and Amy were off diving at the
entrance to the next bay. Amy was designated dinghy watcher whilst they all
dived. They had a superb dive and said they had never seen so many
They saw lots of fish,
including a big grupa and a turtle grazing on the bottom
And the black-tip reef
When they came to get back into
the dinghy suddenly they were surrounded by sharks. Amy jumped in to see 12
sharks circling the dinghy!
When they returned a few hours
later the Tippy girls made Amy a crown
It is beginning to set in now
that Amy is leaving in less than a week and she desperately doesn't want to go.
She has looked for flights daily to and from many many places but it is just so
expensive and unfortunately she made the mistake of booking a flight home almost
a year ago. She has to leave paradise in a couple of days!!!!!!