Ouahh the day looks great. The sun is out and we have a
nice breeze. We will leave for the east coast of Raiatea
now. It is time to move. We want to sail. We get the main up as we want to test
our new batten. For crossing the first part of the channel we use the staysail
which makes the numerous tacks a little bit less physical. We enjoy a fantastic
sail down. We hand steer the boat all the way and we took LAIKA an hour in a
three hour sail. It is a really
great Sunday afternoon sail. Lots of wind but the sea is very calm inside the
lagoon and the boat is gliding by itself through the blue green waters. It is
almost like sailing in a lake. We enjoy it so much.
We anchor in the long
Faaroa. The legend says that from
this bay the Polynesians under the legendary king Hiro built the great canoes
and left to discover Hawaii,
Rarotonga and New
Raiatea was considered by the
ancient Polynesians as the cradle of their thousand year old civilisation.
Raiatea and Tahaa were the first islands to be settled
probably by people from Samoa.
Raiatea known as Havai`iki Nui in older days is the
cultural, religious and historic centre of the Society
The French only took over this island in 1888 and even in
1897 the Polynesians started another rebellion against the occupier.
At the end of the bay is the only navigable river in
French Polynesia. We want to explore it
The bay is awesome. It is surrounded by mountains covered
with deep dense forests, a motu is
set at the entrance and we have an unspoilt beautiful view out to the sea. There
are only a few houses ashore. As everywhere in Polynesia
outrigger canoes are gliding through the waters. A peaceful