The Royal Visit
Part II - Hiva Oa and Tahuata
With the weather due to break and
Peter not on top form we make a quick retreat to Hiva Oa where G& P are
booked in to a hotel with probably one of the worlds top views. It's
also within walking distance of the boat and from there bedroom window
they are able to keep close watch over us.
Our trip over land to Puamau to see Takaii,
the worlds largest tikki, is a bit of an eye opener - when they say villages on
this island are remote they're not joking, Children leave on Monday
morning for school and realisticly couldn't return till Friday the dirt
road is both dangerous and long.
G&P dwarfed by Takaii followed by
lunch at a snack-shop
Much to our distress the
children find the luxury of the grandparent's hotel all too appealing, so
despite being made to live the robinson crusoe life style, our offspring
are in raptures about the stylish abode with a clorinated swimming pool
that G & P are now residing in. They are so taken that
Cosmo opts to have his Birthday meal and sleep over at the 'flipping' Pearl
Lodge. In fact it all turns out to be a blessing, resting in Hiva Oa turns
out to be a good thing for everyone, especially for Gill, who, on
our return to Tauata gets to snorkel with Morrish Ideals and
a Manta Ray in fact
this magnificant creature almost headbutt her.
Birthday presents both hitech (iPod) and lowtech (T
shirt) G, C and Cosmo
go on a petroglyph hike with friends Michel and Philip from s/v
Delightful anchorage on the last night Mantas
Relaxing in the
evening with iPad games for the kids
Idyllic bay for
scrumping coconuts, limes, pamplemouse, breadfruit.
and a good
snorkel to round it all off - luckily granny didnt see the shark that glided
past quite close.
It's a horrible sad farewell to Granny and Papa,
I don't think I've seen both children so upsett. Cosmo's playmate and
friendship with Papa firmly s ealed and Zinnia's great love for her Grandmother
stronger than ever, it's all rather wonderfully heart breaking, not
many folk have this strong a relationship especially at this